the cons of social media

What is Media

Media is anything that influences you to develop an opinion based on its’ content. Media can influence you to think about or judge something even though you do not have all of the facts about the situation. Although it is informative, media can force you to hate something that you love without knowing it. Media includes the news, twitter, Facebook, the newspaper, and sometimes a book. The purpose of media is to inform you about current events and situations. However, I feel that the sole purpose of media is to get you to change your perspective and/or beliefs to what someone else wants them to be. Mainly, the sources behind the media make billions of dollars playing with the minds of clueless civilians.

Media literacy is the comprehension of media. To be literate is to comprehend what you are reading, seeing, speaking, etc. If you are media literate, then you understand and comprehend the what, when, how, and why of media. You understand what media is, when it is used, how it is used, and why it is used. I think that media literacy also includes knowing how to develop an opinion based on the media. I feel that if you rely solely on the media to develop opinions, then you are media illiterate. You are incapable of making decisions on your own without being swayed to think a certain way. You do not know the what and the why of social media. You do not understand the purposes of media.

Cheerios 2014 Game Day Ad | "Gracie"

"Gracie" 2014

Cheerios in the commercial “Gracie”, suggest that cheerios are multi-purposeful. Cheerios supports their suggestion by illustrating how Cheerios can be used as a way of communication for families with younger children. Cheerios’s purpose is to show you that their brand of cereal isn’t just for eating. It is used for families to bond and as a counting object for small children. Cheerios demonstrates this in a humorous tone for families with children six years old or younger.

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MLK Death Scare

At 6:01pm on April 4th 1968, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was hit by a sniper bullet. King was standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot. The .30 caliber rifle bullet entered King’s right shoulder piercing through his chest and exiting his right upper back. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he was stitched up and later released. This was quite a scarce for the King family, since Dr. King has always received death threats. It is inferred that violence and chaos would have erupted had the bullet gone a little to the left, striking one of King’s major arteries.

Dr. King was no stranger to gunshot wounds. This was the second time he was almost shot to death. Some years earlier, and woman came up to him and shot him in the chest. Dr. King says he received word from the doctors, that if he had merely sneezed, he would have died that day. He preaches how a little girl wrote him a letter saying “bless you!” She says that she doesn’t know how that bullet stayed place, but she is thankful that he didn’t sneeze that day.

Dr. King was the main leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He preached non-violent strategies to overcome discrimination. He gave many people of the African- American community hope that things will change. He gave hope that one day everyone would be treated equally. He inspires many people to stay strong and fight for justice and equality.

Many people thank Dr. Martin Luther King for his great determination and leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. Some say it is because of him that America elected Barack Obama as the first African- American president in 2008.

85 years old this year, Dr. King continues to inspire America to be a better nation. Due to health issues he is not able to travel as much as he used to, but he does his best to speak to historically black colleges and universities. He traveled to South Africa to attend the funeral of fellow activist Nelson Mandela.

I chose this historic event because Dr. King inspired many people to think differently. His views and expressions on equality allow us to be able to communicate and connect with people of all races, genders, etc. I feel that if his assassination had a different outcome, then some of the events such as the L.A Race Riots, and the riots after his assassination wouldn’t have occurred. I feel that we would be further along with equal treatment of all minorities. I also feel that if he were still alive people wouldn’t have such a lazy and “sense of entitlement” attitude about things. There would still be hope for equality and justice for everyone. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr died, I feel like a part of his dream and his independent attitude died as well. It is my opinion that people of my generation take things such as education and access to powerful knowledge for granted. If Dr. King were alive today, people would realize how hard people fought to ensure us the quality of education that we have today.

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Day and Night

I think this song would be a perfect theme song for the movie version of 1984 because this song talks about a lonely soul who can’t find peace. He tosses and turns during the night and he can’t find a way to win the game that he is told to win. I think the song connects with the main character Winston, because he is a lonely guy who tries to escape the trapped life of Big Brother. He doesn’t like the complete control Big Brother has over his life. He tries to find ways to break away but the fear of getting caught stops him. It isn’t until he meets Julia, that he finally develops a plan to try and bring down the ever-watching government. In the second verse of the song, Kid Cudi talks about how the lonely guy only finds peace within his dreams. Such as Winston, the lonely man sees a life of freedom and happiness in his dreams. The song goes on to say how the girl the lonely guy loves a girl but the girl doesn’t feel the same. Even though Winston and Julia eventually fell in love, Winston began to get frustrated with Julia in the beginning because he thought she had no feelings for him.

[Kid Cudi:]
Day and night (what, what)
I toss and turn, I keep stressing my mind, mind (what, what)
I look for peace but see I don't attain (what, what)
What I need for keeps this silly game we play, play
Now look at this (what, what)
Madness to magnet keeps attracting me, me (what, what)
I try to run but see I'm not that fast (what, what)
I think I'm first but surely finish last, last

'cause day and night
The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night
He's all alone through the day and night
The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night (at, at, at night)
Day and night
The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at night
He's all alone, some things will never change (never change)
The lonely loner seems to free his mind at night (at, at, at night)

[Kid Cudi:]
Hold the phone (what, what)
The lonely stoner, Mr. Solo Dolo (what, what)
He's on the move can't seem to shake the shade (what, what)
Within his dreams he sees the life he made, made
The pain is deep (what, what)
A silent sleeper you won't hear a peep, peep (what, what)
The girl he wants don't seem to want him too.
It seems the feelings that she had are through, through


[Kid Cudi:]
Slow mo (what, what)
When the tempo slows up and creates that new, new (what, what)
He seems alive though he is feeling blue (what, what)
The sun is shining man he's super cool, cool
The lonely nights (what, what)
They fade away he slips into his white Nikes (what, what)
He smokes a clip and then he's on the way (what, what)
To free his mind in search of,
To free his mind in search of,
To free his mind in search of,


At, at, at night

Kid Cudi - Day n Night Lyrics ! (Original)

Media Literacy Journey

Media Literacy Journey

During this course, I have learned many things that will eventually help me later on in life. I feel that I have learned more about creativity. In many of the essays that I have written, I was able to write how I wanted to write and not how the prompt was written. In smore #5, I had to choose a historic event that I would change. I was able to write it my way without feeling the pressure of not meeting anyone’s standards. The most important thing I learned was to have confidence in my writing. I have the skills that I need to grammatically write a decent paper. All I have to do is write how I want to write and I will be more than satisfied with the end result.

This class is definitely different form my previous language arts classes. Unlike my other classes, this class taught me lessons and concepts that I will actually use in life. Some of the units and discussions taught me that how to develop my own opinion. It taught me that media isn’t the true form of news. I’ve learned that media can influence you to believe in something that you normally wouldn’t believe in. Media is informative, but manipulating. I’ve also learned not to except and believe everything I see. This class has taught me that everything isn’t always as easy and simple as it seems.

I feel that in order to improve this course, it would be beneficial to spend less time talking about social media. I also feel that it would be beneficial to make the class less dependent on technology. Even though this generation is full of technological advances, later generations will become too dependent on the technology and will eventually lose sense in what research actually is.