Build Your Own Knowledge
Primary and Secondary Sources
You have for own PRIMARY experience. Do you also have your record of that? Your record! Ideally something more reliable than your memory.
Keep a journal, diary or notebook. Maintain your own files on topics of interest. You know you can rely on that, and to the extent that it's not reliable, you have a feel for that too. You have your own data on many topics, and that informs you in a powerful way.
In addition like everyone else you have access to secondary records. What's in the press, on the Internet, or your mailbox?
You can store files, print, read, highlight, learn about, write notes on or discuss this secondary data and in the process, you may or may not accept the "information" it's supposed to contain.
Because of your primary experience, your own knowledge, reinforced by your journal if you have one, you have special tools for detecting propaganda if you care to use them.
Making a Beginning
It matters not a scrap where you begin. What interests you now?
A person who has information literacy skills will be connected with several communities of people who share an interest. Membership of these groups will provide new data for consideration and a continuing flow of challenging questions to ponder.
A Peer to Peer World
The peer-to-peer aspect of the internet has enormous potential and is seriously neglected by too many people. In general join groups, become active in groups, make yourself a full member. Direct person-to-person contact has a huge potential to introduce to you new ideas you would otherwise ignore. That can be transformative in your life.