The Definition of Media

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Media

I believe that media is any way that entertainment is provided for its users. This includes television, radio, and video games. The internet is also a great way of accessing media, almost everything can be found on the internet. Such as movies, and T.V. shows through providers like Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and YouTube; Music through services like iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Grooveshark. To me the internet is the largest provider of media to the public. Almost everything is accessible via some third party service. The internet is slowly causing the death of traditional ways of media consumption. 10 years ago everyone had cable and satellite T.V. now a lot of them are going to the internet for subscription services like Netflix and Hulu. My parent’s DIRECTV bill was on average $100 a month before we switched to DISH Network. But our Netflix subscription only costs us $10 each month. I know that this is the same for many people in the U.S. right now. Switching from a service that forces you to pay large amounts of money for bundle packages that include channels you don’t watch to one that charges you a small amount to stream all the content you want just makes sense.

As so many people flocked to the internet services looking to bring the users of the internet together began to pop up. These services included the now obsolete MySpace, the soon to be obsolete Facebook, and many other sites like it (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc.). This is where media literacy comes in. Media literacy is the ability to use all forms of media responsibly.

The Phone Call: RadioShack Commercial (:30 version)

#InWithTheNew - RadioShack Commercial

RadioShack’s superbowl commercial argues that due to their reinvention of their stores you should come to them for all your electronic needs. In the commercial two RadioShack employees receive a phone call that states, “the 80’s called, they want their store back;” the store is then raided by characters from 80’s pop culture, giving them an opportunity to update the aesthetics of their store. RadioShack’s purpose is to show that they recognize the outdated look of their stores and are willing to rectify it in order to coerce more people to consider going to RadioShack for their needs. Based on the witty, nostalgic, and comedic nature of the ad, the target audience is assumed to be tech savvy people who grew up in the 80’s.

My Modest Proposal

Since the 1980’s students’ grades have been on a downward slope. Grades will continue to get worse and worse as time passes. This year Gwinnett County Public School system grades are at an all time low. It has been reported that at Peachtree Ridge High School there are only two students with GPAs higher than a 2.0. If nothing is done to raise grades, our nations future will be in jeopardy. The only way we can fix this is to start rewarding ignorance. Most students hate working hard, never turn in work on time, and they never put in any effort. Since these qualities are present in many teenagers I suggest we flip the current grading scale and turn terrible students into stellar ones. In the new grading system If you turn in your work late you will receive extra credit, the more questions you get wrong, the higher your grade, and finally, the less you show up to class, the better your attendance record will be. With this grading scale the American education system will soar to the top once again, up there with the likes of Japan, Sweden, and South Korea.

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History Section

World War 2 (WWII) is an ongoing war that started in 1936. The U.S. was thrust into the war after North Korea attacked a submarine off the coast of Florida during missile tests. On June 6th 1936 In retaliation for the attack on the submarine President L. Jackson deployed troops in Pyongyang to capture the North Korean Capital, attacking what they thought was a military base, troops unknowingly killed 235 civilians in a church. This caused outrage in North Korea and The great leader Dennis Rodman was forced to declare war on the United States.

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Reflection

Over the last nine weeks we have covered various topics in media literacy. The unit we did on dystopian society had the greatest impact on me. The society described in the book 1984 resembles our society today. We are constantly being tracked, we are constantly being bombarded with propaganda, and we have virtually no privacy. This unit has showed me how much like a dystopia modern day America is becoming. In other language arts classes we are force-fed dreadfully boring books from the beginning of the semester to the end. In media literacy we are taught the material in a fun innovative way. We watch documentaries, movies, and participate in various engaging activities. The only problem I have with the class is that we didn't read Frankenstein, I was looking forward to it.