CRITICAL PROSUMER:TRANSFORMING THE GENERATION THROUG HMEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY
November 28, 202012NN-3PM (PhST)
Jose Reuben Alagaran II, PhD
President, Philippine Association for
Media and Information Literacy
Dir. Virginia Arcilla-Agtay Director,
News and Information Bureau
Philippine News Agency
Magimai Pragasm, PhD
Director, Center for Communication and Mind Management
Head, Media Education Desk Signis Asia
General Manager, World Association
for Christian Communication
Digital Desk, Signis Asia
Clodualdo del Mundo, PhD
Former Chairperson, Department of Communication,
De La Salle University
The forum gathered Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
experts in Asia and Filipino educators as they recognized the urgent need of having a critical understanding of digital literacy including the prevalent social media issues, and the emerging trends on how digital media is being used for viral misinformation.
The Thought Leaders discussed these, emphasizing that the digital world affects every aspect of our lives.
Keynote Speaker Dir. Virginia Agtay stressed the importance of Communication Rights and described it as fundamental in exercising freedom of expression, along with other human rights.Dr. Jose Reuben Alagaran II, meanwhile, provided the overview and beneficial impacts of the integration MIL in the Philippine curriculum. Mr. Philip Lee expressed his vision for a society that promotes rights and inclusion especially for the marginalized people, as a way of achieving digital justice in the world where digital divide thrives.
Similarly, Dr. Magimai Pragasm posed a challenge of restructuring power relations and putting forward empowerment and inclusion. He encouraged citizens to promote social change from the bottom-up, creating space for people to define development and give meaning to and claim their citizenship. Mr. Bhuson Tran explained the beauty of establishing an authentic digital persona, citing that the best kind of communication is a genuine one. Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo presented eye-opening realizations on the current maelstrom occurring in communication as all users became potential source of communication. Technology has empowered the consumer to produce information, creating the prosumer.
In this forum, our Thought Leaders highlighted the importance of investing in education, more specifically, in MIL, in helping individuals to develop critical thinking skills to distinguish manipulation and encourage them to rethink discriminatory media messages. It also enables them to add positive and socially inclusive content online as a way to balance the proliferation of divisive messages. Developing media and information literacy knowledge paves an avenue for individuals to become responsible digital citizens.