Thanks to social media, people are becoming more involved in News literacy especially since anyone can read, discuss, and participate via the internet. In “Media and News Literacry”, it states that “The democratization of social media allows more participation and interaction related to the new than ever”. Although there are advantages that news literacy and social media allows everyone to become more informed and interactive yet there some major disadvantages. A disadvantage would be people falsifying information such as the man who lied about the flooding of the New York Stock Exchange building during Hurricane Sandy. Another disadvantage would be extremely biased information, people want others to agree with their opinions or buy certain products by leaving certain key facts out of an issue. However, an important advantage of news in social media is the “immediacy”, as described in “Twitter Literacy”, where people can get instant updates on news. Another advantage would be easy access to the news, most of the time, without payment such as New York Times.
Media and News literacy is a perfect example of what MOOC, aka Massive Open Online Course, is all about. It allows others to collaborate, engage, and share information online. The advantage about “immediacy” is an example of MOOC where it allows anyone to collaborate and distribute information via the internet. The advantage of easy access to the news, most of the time, without payment is an example of MOOC where it promotes open access. Even the disadvantages can give a good example of MOOC where social media may misinform by lying about their information or give biased news yet it allows people to be fully engaged in learning and be more interactive. The key point about this topic is that you don’t have to be a professional to write, share, or discuss about the news as explained by “Citizen Journalism”.