Media Literacy is the practice of using critical thinking skills while consuming media. It includes an in-depth exploration of the key components of the classic communication model: the message sender, the message, the medium, and the message recipient.
This is my movie review for The Social Dilemma which is currently on Netflix. I put this together to observe UNESCO's Media & Information Literacy Week 2020.
Understanding various aspects of media technology will help you grasp how messages are delivered. Knowing the different business models for making a media platform profitable will help you realize why you see a message. But, the first thing you must consider in your quest to become a critical consumer of media is your own psychology.
Our cognitive biases limit our ability to reason logically. As such, none of us can indeed be objective. Being a critical thinker is to attempt to consume media objectively. To do this, we must have a baseline understanding of some of the flawed ways we reason to ourselves and attempt to influence others.
Having a good grasp of some fundamental Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies will help you decode the motives of message senders and the limits of message recipients, such as yourself. While the list below isn't exhaustive, it's a good start.