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Critical Consumer and the Media

Identify and explain the steps that one must take to be a critical consumer of the news, and describe a time where you failed to be a critical consumer of the news.

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Becoming a critical consumer of the news involves:

1) Analyzing where you are getting the information from. Nowadays we get news from websites, TV, magazines, newspapers, radios, word of mouth (Can a source such as someone sharing a seat with you on a bus that shares major news with you really be trusted? Who/what was their source of information?) Critical consumers need to establish that they are receiving their information from a trusted source.

2) Research is an important component. Would you really go out and buy the latest diet pill after viewing an ad singing its praises in a popular ...

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Components supporting how to be a critical consumer when reviewing news from different sources of information