Capitol Chaos Proves Media Literacy Should Be Taught in Schools, Experts Say | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As Wednesday’s crowd knocked down barricades around the U.S. Capitol in Washington, critical thinking experts say it demonstrated a disruption in our nation’s ability to agree on the basic facts of reality.
“It’s just that these people are so visionary now, based on their original beliefs,” said Helen Lee Bouygues, President of the Reboot Foundation. “They are only exposed to information that validates their beliefs, even though they may be misinformed.”
Bouygues explains that the Reboot Foundation is an organization with ambitious objectives.
“Our mission is to promote critical thinking and combat fake news by promoting media literacy for all ages. “
In addition to promoting media literacy programs in schools, Bouygues urges Congress to crack down on social media which is deliberately stoking the flames of disinformation, rumors and conspiracy.
“It’s not about checking every bit that is online, but at least it’s about showing more transparency about how the algorithm works and at least showing people that the sites are purposefully structured for you. give tunnel vision. “
Kent Collins, professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, takes an optimistic view.
“Fake news is as old as the republic, President Trump just gave it a name,” Collins told FOX4.
Collins compared Wednesday’s chaos in the capital to a stress test in the heart of the country’s institutions.
“There were rioters around the White House when President Nixon was there and protesters were putting daisies in the barrels of M-14 rifles of federal troops around the White House,” Collins said. “So it’s going to continue, we’ll never be rid of all this trauma, it’s part of the system.”
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