What is media?
A definition of media is the main means of mass communication using platforms such as broadcasting, publishing, and the internet. In its simplest form, media is a means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, magazines, and the internet, that reach or influence people widely.
So what is media literacy?
Here is a definition of media literacy taken from the book Media Literacies: a critical introduction (link to ebook below) :
"Media Literacy is a set of competencies that enable us to interpret media texts and institutions, to make media of our own, and to recognize and engage with the social and political influence of media in everyday life. ”
(Hoechsmann & Poyntz, 2012, 1).