After Mauve’s guest lecture, I decided my website needed a much needed refresh to the home page. My goal was to create a sliding carousel on my home page, and so I made a few quick searches on the internet and found this link , but I was instantly confused, so I opted for a video demonstration to ensure success. Like the video instructions, I downloaded the “AnWP post grid and post carousel slider for Elementor,” and the “Elementor” plug-in. It was quick to add, and I thought I had finally done it.
I thought it looked great, but my entire theme was changed, and all my subheadings were missing! So, I tried figuring it out and noticed that if I wanted to add headers, I needed to upgrade my Elementor subscription, which was not worth the money. I felt defeated, so I decided to scrap it and revert to my old theme. I went back to the revisions of my website and was pleasantly surprised that the old revisions did not revert to my old website before all the plug-ins and lost all the headings. Essentially, my website was empty. I was distraught and had a mental breakdown for over an hour, and this was the moment that I vowed never to change anything to my WordPress blog because something always goes wrong. I even tried implementing another theme and then reverting to my original theme, but was unable to successfully revert it leading me to have the current theme I have now. But, this theme I am using also had major issues with the titles of my content not showing up and an invisible headings. SHOUT OUT TO MICKY for being a G and helping me relieve my stress by sending instructions to fix all my issues with this theme.
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This week, we’re discussing digital literacy and how it is plaguing our society, especially young adults. The internet has evolved so quickly that it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out what is real and what is fake. Sponsored content and advertisements have seamlessly been designed to look identical to unsponsored content. Fake advertisements are everywhere and inescapable. You see them hovering above your Outlook email account and as the top links on a Google search. Fake websites and advertisements are the first things you see on most websites and platforms, making it difficult not to click on them accidentally. If people lack digital literacy, they are more susceptible to believing these well-designed fake sites. As Caulfield (2016) reports, students cannot “identify fake stories, misinformation, disinformation, and other forms of spin”. The solution to digital literacy is to reform the way digital literacy is taught by “teach[ing] students basic things about the web and the domains they evaluate so that they have some actual tools and knowledge to deal with larger questions effectively” (Caulfield, 2016). If students have difficulty identifying fake news, websites, and advertisements, and people are getting increasingly better at faking things, we will have an increasing issue for the next generation. There is an urgency and pressure that needs to be felt for educators and parents to help their children learn how to navigate the web better.
Caulfield, M. (2016, December 19). Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?. Hapgood. https://hapgood.us/2016/12/19/yes-digital-literacy-but-which-one/