Another dot in the blogosphere?

Comparing media literacy?

Posted on: May 3, 2020

My RSS feed showed me this graphic on media literacy in European countries. No surprises — the Scandinavian countries lead the pack.

I wondered if there was anything similar for this part of the world. So I searched for NGOs that researched it starting with the one credited in the graphic.

I could not find anything from such organisations so I widened my search for “media literacy in southeast asia”. Except for a few old articles like this one in 2008, I could not find comparison or rank tables.

It is not that the rankings are important. I want to know WHAT we are doing compared to elsewhere. An initial comparison of HOW we are doing might have opened doors to the WHAT.

But since media literacy across curricula and goes beyond formal schooling, it must be difficult to collect and make sense of such data. So now I wonder how that credited organisation actually ranked those countries.

Methodology of

I downloaded the PDF of the report which had a one-page description of its methodology. It turns out that that the “measurement” was not about media literacy. It was about predicting media literacy with components like PISA scores. What? My question exactly.

So my tweet is not an endorsement of the graphic. It is an example of not taking data presentation at face value.

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