There is no more fitting a place to end our digital literacy journey than a discussion on how the very human ability to empathize should drive every single interaction we have online (and indeed offline!), or, in other words, be our final stop in our critical consumption process. A quick detour through ‘false amplification’ and related phenomena gives us an example of what can happen when we do not consume (and indeed create) empathetically, or do not consider how our actions might impact others. Dr Emma Pauncefort ends by highlighting that the Covid experience has simply (if amply) highlighted how challenging our consumption landscape has come to be. We need, she concludes, “to keep at the heart of our activity online that our online connectivity must constantly be paired with the connections we have to our familial, local, regional and global communities and the co-responsibilities [we should foster] to work towards their health and ours”.
More videos from Module 5: