Developing Digital Literacy (One Video at a Time)~


Welcome to this week’s bonus post ^.^ I’m going to try to keep it short & sweet!

A big topic in class related to privacy, data tracking, and navigating online spaces as a whole is that of digital literacy. Data tracking, learning algorithms, and surveillance capitalism have largely been allowed to propagate and perpetuate and make a butt-ton of money off of all of us due in large part to a lack of regulation. Unfortunately, much of this has gone unregulated not because people do not care but because they do not know they need to care in the first place. A vast majority of the population, especially in the US, is simply unaware of the dangers online spaces pose to their privacy and other personal information. Most people don’t know that when a website is free, that means they are the product.

In order to enact meaningful change in regards to imposing regulations on the conduct of these digital entities, the public needs to speak up and elect officials who can make changes. But, in order for the public to speak up on these issues, they need to be informed and they need to know why it matters. To help better inform people at all levels on the issues affecting their relationship to the Internet and the Internet’s relationship to user information, I highly recommend Crash Course on Youtube’s Media Literacy series.

The series covers not only many of the topics we’ve already discussed so far in class but also discusses the intersection some of these concerns have with others. I think this series provides users with a good foundation from which to further develop their own stance on the issue. This source, too, I believe can be helpful for educating even younger users on the many issues affecting our interactions with the Internet.

I would give this resource a solid 9/10? There’s always room for improvement and I’m sure people have their own opinions on “educational Youtube”. Overall, at least, I think this is a useful tool to keep in our library.

More, I firmly believe that education is the spark that will light up the darkness of the web like a clear night sky.


~Till Next Time~



  1. Is the money making always pure greed? It seems like it, but how else can the costs be covered needed to produce, share content that the consumers are not paying for? Would the internet be what it is if it was metered?

    But absolutely, being informed is needed (thanks for the video, I can use this for another class) how do we get over the barrier of feeling like we, as individuals are powerless? Most think we just have to accept it, shrug, and click to te next web site/post/tweet (and I am guilty as the next).


    • Hey~

      I think it’s interesting to consider what the Internet would be if it were totally metered, pay-to-play for consumers. I’m reminded of Do Not Track’s second episode where they ask us how much we’d be willing to pay for different services like Facebook and Google. As it stands, Google makes more money selling my data to advertisers than I’d be willing to pay for the service so…. there are a few guilty parties here (some obviously more than others but…)

      I think becoming empowered about these issues is going to require us all being knocked down a few pegs. More, we may need to reconsider our conceptions about the Internet and its purposes.


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