Modern Literacy = Communication

This article from CBC – Breaking up is hard to do: Why leaving Facebook is more difficult than it looks highlights that while people are concerned about the recent privacy breach for Facebook “there isn’t much of anywhere else to go”. The article notes that Facebook provides connectivity. This includes: businesses information, sports and rec teams pages along with quick access to all of the photos you posted. It also reasons that there are a few steps if you wish to deactivate your account, so that may deter users from deactivating their accounts.


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I used to think that Facebook was one of the main sources of social media. It does not seem like a primary source for young people anymore. On my own Facebook account I see more news, cooking and parenting pages that I have liked appear in my feed as opposed to actual friends. I do agree that it is a good source of information for businesses and what they post on their pages. While it used to be the main source for people sharing photos I don’t think it is anymore.

When I think of being media literate it all comes down to communication. For example, my parents are not on Facebook and would therefore miss out on photos or posts from relatives that live out of town. But with so many easily accessible message apps now, people can conveniently share photos or send a quick note, which is much less time consuming than an email. Another part of communication is the option for video calling. For myself, and my parents it is a fairly newer concept. I really only video call people who live out of town. However, I think of my kids who are disappointed when they phone rings and it isn’t someone we can video chat with.


Emojis are a form a communication, and a language that has come along with our increase in cell and app usage. Apparently emojis add emotion, and context to messages being sent. This article, also from CBC – Emojis are everywhere and they’re changing how we communicate highlights that emojis are “breaking down language barriers and accelerating human interactions”. That’s a pretty strong statement, maybe I just don’t fully agree as I am probably a bit older than the average avid emoji user. I do know, that while they sometime appear innocent they sometimes have double meanings…Because of this I no longer allow students to use emojis for Kahoot or other class activities where they can create a username.

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My questions:

  1. In what other ways has being media literate increased communication?
  2. What are some forms of technological communication that you simply “don’t get”?
  3. Do you think you’ll ever break-up with Facebook? Or any other social media?

Thanks for reading!










3 thoughts on “Modern Literacy = Communication”

  1. I didn’t even think about restricting emojis on things like kahoot. I like to think that I’m up to date on a lot of them but maybe I need to keep up with the trend a bit more. As for quitting Facebook I’ve debated a few times reducing the amount that I’m on it. At this point I don’t see myself ever quitting it as it gives me the option to be connected and close to family and friends who live far away. However I notice a lot of posts that I see are just junk being shared again and again and sometimes I feel like I need a break from that. I would be curious to hear if others have quit it before as well.


  2. Hi Amy, Great Post! I definitely think I’m getting close to breaking up with Facebook, as it is, I have an account but I hardly use it. If not for the Memories tab, I would hardly use at all.


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