How The Media Affects Our Lives
Media and Media Literacy
Media is a means by which people can communicate to others as well as process the information. It is constantly used as advertisements, news bulletins, and social connections. Whether it be a gossip column on the latest scandal of a star celebrity or a documentary on the benefits of adding calcium to one’s diet, media affects everyone by persuading and informing. For example, Ted Talks are globally broadcasted meetings in which the world’s brightest and most renowned people gather to meet and present their latest ideas. From these videos, people have learned how education is destroying our children’s creativity and the thought processes of a schizophrenic woman as the voices infiltrated her head. Each of these talks would be limited to the scope of the few that are able to attend, but instead, these ingenious ideas are spread worldwide, abled by the technology in media. However, media also has detrimental effects. Due to the explosion of technology, media artists are able to manipulate and photoshop ideal bodies and plaster unrealistic expectations in the minds of people everywhere. The magazines and fashion catalogs that consume an easily influenced population has lead to an increase in eating disorders as well as low self esteem. A media literate person can understand how media can affect society and evaluate the effects. Media literacy is the ability of one to understand and evaluate the media, taking what is offered to them and forming individual opinions rather than following the popular beliefs. To be fully media literate, one must be able to research to understand facts, rather than simply believing what is said.
Social Media is a means of communication through technology. This tree exemplifies different types of social media.
The Meaning of Media
There are many different words that come to mind when the word "media" is said. This photo demonstrates a few examples.
This image shows the proliferation of technology into everyone's lives, especially in the lives of children. Each generation becomes more and more dependent on technology.
The Meaning of Media
Budweiser Superbowl Ad
PEOPLE curse society. They blame it, abuse it, and yet form the very foundation on which it lies. PEOPLE look disdainfully on the war and chaos that consumes Kiev, yet forget that it is us who are fighting. PEOPLE condescendingly scorn at provocative women, yet overlook the men that create the demand to their supply. PEOPLE applaud patriotism and individuality, yet spit words of fire at anyone who seems to be the slightest bit of different. They utilize symbols that represent ULTIMATE and IMMEASURABLE forgiveness and love to ridicule those who think differently. The Bible, the everlasting metaphor of love, is used to praise unwavering Christians and stone members of the gay community. Darkness, evil, and hate do not exist. Only the lack of light, dearth of good, absence of love. Only humans accentuate the flaws in others, and neglect the ones in ourselves. Only we dehumanize others and step upon pedestals. Only humans make fatal mistakes.
School System Changes Stifles Success
Joella Lee, Current Events Reporter
Mon Mar 24, 2014
SUWANEE, GA- In an effort to uphold the prestigious title of “the Standard of Excellence,” Gwinnett County Public Schools has decided to an extra thirty minutes to every school day for the duration of approximately two months.
Rather than splitting these extra minutes evenly between the four classes that already exceed an hour and thirty minutes, officials felt the time to make up three measly school snow days would be better used by completely changing students’ schedules every day during the week. The extra thirty minutes would be allotted to one class, every day with rotating schedules, until nearly the end of the school year.
Never mind the fact that dejected and overworked students already have little incentive to attend the arduous hours at school. Never mind the fact that creating two hour long classes may provide an excuse for students to suddenly not attend school due to “doctor’s appointments” or “feverish conditions.” The significant rise in period absences since the injection of this new rule is to be overlooked, because these three snow days that need to be made up are vital to the children’s education! Without these extra thirty minutes in which teachers create busy work or show videos to fill up the time gap, students would never graduate due to their lack of education in their prospective courses.
“I’m so glad that the school is prolonging these three missing school days for weeks, rather than creating three school days on Saturdays! Despite my work schedule and after-school volunteer opportunities that had to be adjusted, I am completely supportive of this decision!” states Sarah Volatiare, a student of Peachtree Ridge High School.
I chose this image because when I was reading the ending to this book, I was very surprised that Winston did not stand up to his beliefs until the very end and that he was broken down to the core, even enough to end his love of Julia and hate of the government.
I chose this image because it exemplifies the torture Winston had to undergo from the government. However, it also represented the fear I felt for strong governments after I realized the extent to their power.
This image represents how I felt Big Brother and the Inner Party were able to manipulate Winston easily.
One thing I would've done differently in this class was include more books and schedule more time for independent reading. Our class merely read excerpts of Macbeth and focused a lot of class time for Parts I and II of 1984, but the full concept of Shakespeare's masterpiece could not be grasped in the allotted time while Part III was left to be rushed before the test. Although I am appreciative of the incorporation of media into the class, I thought that literature should be equally emphasized.