In EVST 2004, we learned so much about topics surrounding health, science, and the environment. The most significant part about this class was not the actual facts we learned about these topics, though. This class taught me to second guess everything I hear or read or see, and also investigate what a message is trying to say, why I am being exposed to it, and what it wants me to do.
While we looked specifically at how we communicate about our health, science, and the environment, these skills extend much further. It is important to be a skeptic in almost all realms of our life. We have learned that without regulation in media, they cannot be trusted to deliver unbiased news. Like media, many forms of communication are unregulated or lightly regulated. If information is being shared, it is so important to fact-check the message and to analyze why it is being shared in the first place.
Being an informed citizen is useful, but only if we ensure the information we are receiving is true, accurate, unbiased, and reliable. Along with this, we must recognize societal norms that should be discussed and start talking about them! We make so many important topics taboo because we are scared to talk about them, but that should propel us to speak up!
Communication is what makes our species so different from others. The way we spread information and stories allows us to advance far beyond other animals. We should use that to the best of our advantage by talking about the important stuff and making sure it is factually backed-up. This is the best way to avoid hindering the advancement of our society.
– Chelsea W