How Do you Trust? On Infrastructural Meaning-making and the Need for Self-reflection

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Abstract

The chapter focuses on the notion of critical evaluation of information, which is an important part of media and information literacy (MIL). The concepts frictions of relevance and infrastructural meaningmaking are introduced to shed light on the information infrastructure’s significance for MIL in today’s digital media ecology. Furthermore, the chapter discusses some of the limitations inherent in placing the
responsibility for evaluating information predominantly on the individual, thus challenging the straightforward connection between MIL and democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationA question of Democracy
EditorsUlla Carlsson
Place of PublicationGöteborg
PublisherUniversity of Gothenburg and UNESCO
Pages107
Number of pages112
ISBN (Print)978-91-88212-87-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 24

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies

Keywords

  • infrastructure
  • trust
  • information evaluation
  • search engines
  • algorithms
  • relevance

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