LEVIN | We Must Teach Media Literacy. Here’s Why.

In case you missed it, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and this time, the chaos will be televised. 

Peace in the Middle East remains a pipe dream as innocent Palestinians and Israelis perish in a continuing cycle of violence and retaliation. The war in Ukraine, too, rages on with no resolution in sight. Then there’s this summer’s coup in Niger; flooding in Libya and India; the earthquakes that shook Morocco and Afghanistan; and all the innocent Syrians recently slain by remote-controlled drones raining terror from above. 

Wherever calamity strikes, a journalist is sure to be there with a pen and notepad in hand to bear witness. That’s how the world knows. As we enter this strange and daunting period of history, one word comes to mind: unprecedented. No tradition, it seems, will survive to be passed on to the next generation, and nothing is sacred, certainly not the truth.