Media Literacy: When You Grow Up

Isaac Marshall


Media is all of the tools and programs that we have to store information, post information, and deliver information. There are different types but the most concerning and biggest one is social media. People are sucking themselves away from reality and just sitting in their room with the lights off expressing their ideas and thoughts through a computer. In my opinion, media is a way for the government to know where you are, what your doing, and when your doing it. You post a picture on Instagram, you can put the location and tag people who were there with you in it, you have to use your email, address, zip code, etc. just about every time your signing up for something new on Media. Wake up, they know where you are, what your feeling, etc. "Privacy settings" are a joke, it's private to you but all your followers can see what you have and some times you don't really know who that person is. They're all behind that phone, most of the time people are who they say they are but every now and then they're not. Being media literate is being able to analyze, evaluate, and create media. The middle and younger generations have a much better understanding of how this works, not many grandparents or older aged people understand how to use an iPhone, or a Macbook, etc.

Role of Social Media in Today's Society

Our society revolves around social media. Everything we do these days there has to be a picture or a video. "If there ain't a picture, then it didn't happen." A quote repeated several times among my peers. It's sad to know that nowadays you have to have a picture for people to believe you. Social Media has made the people of our society today not trust one another or for people to have a very arrogant mindset. Anybody can say anything behind a screen on a website but most of them wouldn't say half the things they say on social media in real life, ACTUALLY TALKING! This gives them a perception that they don't have to have respect for authority or their parents because they can type whatever they want on their phone or on a keyboard. It started out great, like woah we can communicate with one another when were not together but it has turned upside down and made the people sour and make them only want to communicate through social media because there aren't as many consequences on media as there is in person. Our minds have been sucked into an unrealistic perception of how the world works which is a huge reason why our country is struggling to hold on.
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Fact Checking

I'm going to be completely honest, this is the first time I have ever fact checked ever. Most of the time when I am listening, whatever a candidate says I'll think about it and see if I agree with it or not. So you could say that there have been times where I have talked about things that aren't even true and made a big deal out of them, looking like a real dummy. It's hard to swallow something knowing you were being arrogant and stupid about it when it wasn't even true. I think most of the people today don't fact check much either. The younger aged people of this country are very gullible when it comes to these things. Whatever someone says or the first thing they see on Google they automatically think it's correct when most of the time it isn't. What I accept as truth is probably what most people say, what they want to hear. It's much easier to believe in something that you agree with then something you don't.Technology has made all of use very short minded and look at ideas a totally different way. Most of the younger generation isn't willing to sit down and want to listen to something they don't agree with, people have this view that whatever they think is right. They're not willing to take a step back and look at it from other peoples perception. Selfishness is definitely a much bigger problem than it was 20 years ago.

Life of a Prole

In George Orwell's 1984, when he describes and is referring to the proles in this dystopian society, they sound exactly like most of the citizens today. "They married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and, above all, gambling filled up the horizons of their minds." This is the working class in today's society, I believe that football, tv, social media, reality tv, etc. all give the people an unrealistic look at how life is. In most movies, they have a good ending and everything always works out for the protagonist of the story. But in reality, you're more likely to fail in life than succeed; all this talk in rap music about money, women, cars, whatever, yeah several of those rappers have those things but they make it look like that is the right way and everything is better with more money and girls and drugs. Those guys might be living "the dream" but not everybody has those qualities. All of these keep the people's eye on something totally different than what is going on. It's gotten to the point where it's cool to be broke and to live life in the fast lane. Your only cool if your "hard" or a gangster which isn't right. What's really going on is letting refugees and possible terrorists enter the country; North Korea is about to be ready with nuclear weapons, but no it's all good guys were America so everything is going to be ok, just keep living the "American Dream."

Haitian Rebellion

This Haitian rebellion (1791-1804) is said to be one of the most successful rebellions in the western hemisphere. This specific rebellion is one of the most powerful because it was the 2nd successful rebellion against a European power. The french had owned this island for a long time and used it for sugar, coffee, and cotton. They didn't want to do the work so they had slaves, a lot more slaves than there were plantation owners. This is one of the main reason why this rebellion was successful because the free blacks and the slaves joined together and defeated an international powerhouse at the time. Napoleon sent 43,000 troops over there to try and get back the island and reestablish slavery. The slaves led by Touissant L'Overture, defeated these army and was able to win independence and start their own country. There weren't really many techniques that they would do, they just had a lot more numbers. Some acts that they would commit against the french was murder, torture, etc. anything that caused pain and loss to the French.

Winston/O'Brian compared to Snowden

Winston and O'Brian are similar to Edward Snowden on a small scale. Yes they are rebels and criminals in their society. Yes they have done things against the government but have they shown the public what's going on like Snowden did? Snowden on ted talk talks about how he felt about this information being held from the people of America. He went public with it because he cares about the people and wants them to know the hook. Winston and O'Brian show that they care but they aren't willing to go the distance that Snowden did. Now obviously the society Winston and O'Brian live in is much different than the present day America Snowden lives in. The people are different, most of them aren't dedicated to the government like in Oceania but Snowden had the same consequences as Winston/O'Brian. Snowden had to totally move out of the country and go into hiding, if not, he probably would've been tortured, beaten, executed, etc. just like Winston and O'Brian in Oceania. So you can see how they are similar, they represent the same purpose but no actions have been taken by Winston and O'Brian unlike Snowden.

O'Brian Victim or Villain? Winston?

O'Brian is definitely a villain but also a victim. O'Brian is a villain because he deliberately lied to Winston and Julia about the brotherhood and him being against the Party, it turns out that he's in the thought police and is totally for the party, he works for the party. But when he gets Julia and Winston arrested, Winston asks him, "Did they get you too?" and O'Brian replies with, "They did a very long time ago," so a part of me feels like O'Brian maybe when he was of younger age was like Winston or Julia, against the government and committed acts against the government so they brainwashed him and now he loves the Party. I think that Winston is most certainly a victim not a villain in our eyes but if you think about it in their society he's a total villain. In our eyes, he was just trying to be a regular human being and have emotions like a human being should but throughout the novel, they way they live people are supposed to be robots. 99% of the people in Oceania wouldn't dare to think by themselves(thought crime) or have true feelings for one another, everything is for the government. Everything is serious and nothing is supposed to be enjoyable.

Reflection One

I'd say throughout the course of this semester, some of my views have definitely changed, the way I think about the government, how I think about people, and how selfish these country is. The government now to me is a "Big Brother" without telescreens and thought crime. You have phones, they can track you, you take a selfie put a location they know where you are. Everything you fill out now even if your signing up for something for free you always have to put your email, address, zip, etc. Very personal information that I think the citizens of this country take wayyyy too lightly. My mind has become a lot more caught on with things especially with my peers and people in general. You can't really trust anyone at school to be honest, you might have a couple friends that you can trust but when the wrong person knows about something personal, they want to tell the whole world(exaggeration lol). There's never been a Language Arts class I've taken that's taught me life lessons and good tools to know out in that cold hearted world. There isn't really anything that stands out to me about this class that I think should be done differently. I think it's the class for the right age group(seniors), they need to really open their minds with how the world really works and understand things that will help them later in life.

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

The middle aged adults (31-55) of this country are already starting to get addicted just like many of the younger aged people (14-30). For it not to become a permanent reality, the younger generations are going to have to be the ones to stop it. Obviously it’d be extremely hard to do this but some good ideas would be to set up rules at school for phone policies. I know we technically already have phone policies but let’s be honest they’re a joke. Sometimes the teachers are on their phones if they have already handed out an assignment. These new policies would have to consist of legitimate consequences because you don’t want teenagers getting away with being on their phones during class. Why? They will suddenly have the perception that having their phone out at all times is appropriate which it totally is not appropriate! This habit could affect them in work, not many bosses are going to be cool with you always being on your phone. I feel like if we catch it now we could do it but if we don’t take action now and let it slide, 20 years later, there’s no way we’d be able to stop it because by that time there would be a whole generation that’s been with this much technology(iPhones, Electric cars, social media, etc.)Since birth. Harnessing the power of social media and technology and just using it for important and useful purposes is very challenging to accomplish. In this instance you would have to have a strict schedule of when and when not to use it. Another good idea would be to shut down all the high tech phones (which would never happen today) because they are too accessbile to everything. With the old flip phones all you had was texting and calling and maybe a game or two. The texting would be very difficult because you had to click it like 5 times just to get 1 letter, so it would be more common for people to call, at least they’d actually be connected because they’re talking to someone, and they’re not typing any half spelled words or incorrect grammar.