24-Hour Media Diet: Spotting Misinformation

In this age, we have access to an ever-evolving range of media sources. From news outlets to social media platforms, the content we encounter daily shapes our perception of the world around us.

However, with the abundance of information available, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish sources from ones. To shed light on this issue, let’s take a glimpse into a 24-hour media diary that encompasses channels such as television, radio, digital media, podcasts, books, and more.

This exploration does highlight the diversity of media on the various platforms. It also draws attention to instances where controversial or potentially misleading information may arise.

By undertaking a media diet, we can gain an understanding of how information influences our lives and the importance of critical thinking when navigating today’s complex media landscape.

Let’s dive in.

6:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.: Starting the Day Mindfully: I begin my day by practicing mindfulness and avoiding the immediate urge to check emails or browse social media. Instead, I take a moment to breathe, pray and set goals for the day ahead while keeping in mind the need to evaluate the media I consume critically.

8:50 a.m.10:30 a.m.: Catch up on BBC News. The topics covered included Biden tours’ overwhelming’ Hawaii wildfire damage, the Afghanistan situation, and climate change issues. Additionally, I came across a piece about stained glass artwork in The Cambridgeshire Church stained glass depicts Covid-19 scenes. BBC News

A stained glass window depicting scenes from the Covid-19 pandemicIMAGE SOURCE, MARTYN POSTLE
The stained glass is on the north nave window by the pulpit

Scanned social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for trending topics. Found discussions on misinformation, political polarization, and celebrity gossip.

10:30- a.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Listened to NPR’s Morning Edition—covered stories on global politics, health, and technology. Also listen for a few minutes to “The Healthy Steps Radio Show for 08/21/2023″ podcast with Dr. Fred Harvey, addressing life expectancy against the background of propaganda in the healthcare industry. NPR.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos on fishing and cooking events and a Jamaican dance hall entertainment video (Due with Beenieman & Miss Ting).