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How do I: Learn about Media Influences

This guide covers Information, Media, and Digital Literacy concepts and Digital Citizenship for Gr. 9-12 students, as well as teacher and parents.

Learn about Media Influences

Is it fact or opinion?

Definition of Bias:

"A tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly."

Source: Merriam-Webster

Evaluate Websites & Information Sources to determine if they are reliable.

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Media Ethical Issues: Online Reviews

Online reviews can be misleading.  Listen to this news-cast interview with Ivan Gedz, Ottawa restaurant owner. 

Issues in the Media

Did you realize that not everything that looks like 'official news' actually is? ...And did you know that what looks like 'news' can be very misleading or completely untrue?

Brush-up on your media detective skills by learning how to spot fake news - check out the link below for full details.

"Media Studies explores the impact and influence of mass media and popular culture by examining texts such as films, songs, video games, action figures, advertisements, clothing, billboards, television shows, magazines, newspapers, photographs, and web sites."

Source: Media Smarts, English 9-10

Media Ethical Issues

Definition of Appropriate:

To take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate.


Definition of Astroturfing:

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participant(s).

Database Reminder!

Get access to the databases listed below via the logins on the back of your VLC Bookmark.

Speak to your school LCI today! 

Databases - News Sources

Databases - Media Studies