Many people can identify media texts that, in their opinion, others should be able to critically analyze in order to see their flaws. Some know how to pick apart certain portrayals, and want others to do the same.
However, sometimes we can forget that the true media literacy happens when we are able to use our critical thinking skills in order to analyze texts that we like. We think that other people should be able to analyze messages that they enjoy. But we can become oblivious of the need to question media messages that we ourselves agree with.
It’s easy to critically analyze messages that we deem problematic. It’s much more difficult to do so with media texts that we think are "good." Try always keeping in mind these questions: Who produced this media message and with what purpose? What techniques are used to attract my attention? What values and lifestyles are represented? How can different people interpret this message differently? Only by asking these questions of media messages that you like you can become truly media literate, and help others to do so as well.
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