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How has the pandemic changed the way we engage with media?

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How has the pandemic changed the way we engage with media?

In honour of Media Literacy Week, MediaSmarts is encouraging Canadians to pause and reflect on the state of digital literacy and our media consumption.

As the pandemic continues, many aspects of our lives—work, school, entertainment, and even health care—have moved online. The future is digital, but we need media literacy to make it healthy.

At The Walrus Talks at Home: Our Digital Lives, four speakers address what they’ve learned about the changing media landscape, the impact of increased screen time on our well-being and what they think the digital future might hold.

Join us for this Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) event to discover what this cultural shift in media habits means for our digital well-being.

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Featuring five-minute talks and Q&A with:

  • Saara Chaudry, Contributor, CBC Kids News
  • Dr. Chris Dornan, former Associate Professor Carleton University School of Journalism & Communication
  • Matthew Johnson, Director of Education for MediaSmarts
  • Amil Niazi, Culture Critic and Writer

Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

Online Event – Free with registration


Accessibility Information
We strive to be accessible and inclusive. If you require support to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247. Captioning will be available for this event.

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For years, experts have raised the alarm about political polarization. It’s been said the left and right can’t talk to each other. Blame the political climate. Blame the rise of tech platforms and social media algorithms. But we don’t talk enough about the difference in the quality of the information that we receive and share.

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