chapter  5
Discerning the Value of Information in the Digital Age
ByGordon Stables
Pages 11

Academic debate offers a forum to introduce and engage differing opinions from a wide range of perspectives. Introducing debate to classrooms isn't the same as introducing disagreement; teaching debate should instead be understood as teaching students how to manage conflict, information, and difference. For all of these reasons, in this chapter academic debate explores as a means of improving students' ability to manage information. The growth of social media is part of a larger transition that blurs the notion of media production and consumption. A focus on expanding access to new technologies carries us only so far if we do not also foster the skills and cultural knowledge necessary to deploy those tools toward our own ends. Just as Jenkins encourages us to find ways to empower students as active participants in their media environment, debate education can foster a more robust understanding of information literacy.