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What is Media?

What do you honestly think media is? Media is a way for people to spread their words to the people across the world. Media can be a multitude of things. It has good side and a bad side. Media is interactive, media is social, and media is expressive. On the other hand media is misleading, media is misused, and media is misinterpreted. The media controls and consumes a majority of people’s lives. The reason the media controls and consumes most of people’s lives is because it feeds to our emotions and senses. For example, you might see an ad for a great t-shirt. The t-shirt fed to your sense of sight, so you would be drawn to click on that ad to see that t-shirt. Then, you find yourself scrolling and clicking all over that website. Media controls almost every aspect of person’s life nowadays. In this day and time it’s not possible to go through the day without using or seeing some type of media, media on television or media or your phone. Media is everywhere around all the time. Media literate is defined as having a repertoire of competencies that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. There are a lot of people who are media literate and don’t even know it. In our present day, this generation has higher ability for using media and as we head into the future media will rule the world.

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British Villains Rendezvous

Jaguar, in its commercial, “British Villains Rendezvous” (2014), illustrates that people who buy Jaguars are a step ahead of everyone else. This is accomplished by a famous British actor getting dressed in a tuxedo, another British gent gets off a private jet, and a man in a luxury helicopter tells why Jaguars are so good. The purpose of the commercial is to make the new Jaguar look more sporty than ever before in order to get encourage you to buy one. The intended audience is people that are in the market to buy a car, and the tone is arrogant.

Dress Code For All

Dress Code for All

Tyler Anderson, Student Reporter

PRHS – A group of struggling parents started a petition to get uniforms for all Gwinnett County Public Schools because they were tired of buying expensive clothes for their children. They said, “the new uniforms should consist of: Gucci loafers, Purple Label royal blue pants, and a white Versace button down.” Not only would parents save money but they would also increase bullying by a significant amount.

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Generation Full of Dreamers

In this day and time, schools tare teaching students things that we will not use later in life. Instead of teaching students how to do taxes or how to start a company, students are learning things like trigonometry and food nutrition. If schools had classes that help students achieve their dreams and aspirations, there would be fewer students dropping out. This generation may not have the drive to get through school, but it does have the drive to achieve their dreams. This generation is full of dream chasers, business men and women, artists, poets, and musicians.

Final Expression

At the beginning of the semester my ideas on media literacy was fairly shallow. I had the typical teenager outlook on media literacy. I thought that it was important, but not important enough to have a class about it. After going through this semester, I came to the realization that media literacy is important. Media literacy shows how media can change the world. For example, in the movie Shattered Glass, the magazine The New Republic was the magazine read by political figures around the world. So if one of their journalists writes an article about a world issue, it has the potential to influence the political figures in the United States and around the world.

Through this semester I have learned a multitude of literary terms that will be helpful to me in college. The most effective thing I learned how to do this semester is how to write a précis. A précis are a type of critical writing that only four sentences long. Those four sentences have to be precise and to the point. I never knew how informational four sentences could be. I also learned how to write a satire. The definition of a satire is the use of irony sarcasm, ridicule or the like, in exposing, or denouncing politics and other topical issues. The best example of satire we read the whole semester had to be A Modest Proposal, which satirized the problem in the authors country.

This class is completely different from any language arts class I have ever taken. The biggest difference is that most of the assignments are on the computer. That way there is no way a student has an excuse of losing the paper or that the student did not receive the assignment. This class helps the students keep their class assignments organized. In other classes all the assignment that were assigned was on paper, so I would end up losing the paper by the day it was due.