By: Kerry Loughran
This class has really showed me the importance of staying well-informed, not just informed. To actively look for all sides of a story and to actively look for both new and old stories. We have a responsibility to our nation to stay informed to the best of our ability and to also inform those who may not be aware of the importance in staying informed. In addition to all that, it’s important to just be aware of everything: news, stories, advertisements, filter bubbles, bias (personal and otherwise), our surroundings, and how our actions (or lack thereof) affect things outside of our personal world.
I don’t think my consumption or production will change drastically. However, I definitely think I will put more effort into staying informed of all sides and biases. After learning about gatekeeping, I also think I’ll make a more conscious effort to share educated thoughts and opinions. I’m not super active in posting and sharing on my medias, but I do browse a lot and will be more conscious of the things that come up in my feed.
I have become much more interested in social and political issues and have enjoyed “translating” them for my family and friends. A lot of these issues don’t seem interesting and/or can take a lot to hold someone’s attention, but if they are explained in a different way (like John Oliver explaining net neutrality for example) people are much more inclined to pay attention and, thus, understand things happening to and around them. I’ve already found myself doing this whenever people ask how the class is going. As time has passed, I’ve noticed I do it more and more. I find it self-rewarding helping others to understand what is going on and how it pertains to them. After all, sharing is caring; so sharing the knowledge I have is done with caring intentions and hopes to educate those around me.
I really enjoyed this course and greatly appreciate everything I’ve learned and all the interactions I’ve had. ( : Thank you all for making this course interesting and enjoyable. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy the rest of your summer!