[UPDATE, April 30, 2009: Dan Gillmor's essay on the Publius website appears to have moved. The new, correct link is: http://publius.cc/principles_new_media_literacy]
"(…) In this emergent global conversation, which has created a tsunami of information, what can we trust?
How we govern ourselves on the Web depends in significant ways on
the answers. To get this right, we’ll have to re-think, or at least
re-apply, some older cultural norms in distinctly modern ways.
It comes down, in significant ways, to some principles, both for
media consumers and creators. They add up to a 21st Century notion of
what we once called “media literacy.” But media literacy has generally
lacked the kind of participatory piece that is so essentially a part of
digital media. (…)
- Be skeptical of absolutely everything.
- But don’t be equally skeptical of everything.
- Understand and learn media techniques.
- Ask more questions.