The World of Media

how it unself-consciously controls us

To me, media is communication and the “new” world we live in. Media is what we see, how we interact, what we hear, and most importantly, the resource we see and hear from. Media is how we stay united and connected as a community, as a population, and as human beings. Media allows us to communicate and interact with those beyond our reach, and learn more then we ever could. To be media literate is to be “updated”; because of how fast our world is changing today, we need to be media literate, we need to stay connected, but most importantly, we need to know our limits. To be media literate is to be educated, to be updated, and to have control on what we use these resources for, how we use these resources, when we use this resources and why. Media can control us, it can empower us, hypnotize us, and as media literates, we need to know our limits to not allow media get that close. The more we let the media control us, the harder it will be to let go. Media is our best friend but secretly it's our enemy, it is our frenemy, and just like our frenemy, we need to limit our interactions, our information, and communications with them. To be media literate is to have self control and to know the difference between friends and frenemies, in other words, we need to know between wrong and right, trusted resources and dangerous resources, and most importantly, our limits. Self control is the key to being media literate.


Super Bowl 2014 Commercial - Axe Peace - Make Love, Not War

Super Bowl Ccomercial

'Axe Peace' TV Commercial Ad [Make Love Not War]


Axe, a well-known body spray company in the commercial, “Axe Peace” (2014) asserts to their audience that love is stronger than war and nothing can destroy that, no matter what battle we are fighting. Axe supports it’s assertion by demonstrating and combining four different events, culture, religion, and countries and showing us that no matter where we are, who we are and what we do, love is always stronger than war and by associating “ make love not war” with the axe cologne it draws and unites the audience . Axe’s purpose is to point out that love is strong and so we need to make love, not war in order to make us understand that unity, love, peace, and Axe cologne is what unites us as human beings. Axe produced this commercial in a informal and persuasive tone for the audience to unite as different cultures, religion, people, and countries and make us feel at home but also show that Axe cologne is what keeps as united.


Satire article

Gender equality EVERYWHERE

Rohiena Sadaf Saba

March 4, 2014

Dominant- This place we live in, where ever it may be, is filled with smart intelligent men who are obviously too good for any women out there. Men are dominant except those who actually care. Men who care are considered weak, why? Well because those who care let women be more in control, and that is something no one wants! right?


Men are supposed to be dominant, they are supposed to let women know their place, that is their nature. Females in this world should look up to the males as role models, their protectors and bread winners, their father and their children’s father, someone who gave them life, food, and shelter. I’m not just talking about humans here, animals too, any living organism in this planet should know where men and women stand, they are not equal, why should they be?


"Take the behavior of the ring-neck pheasant," Tannen said. "After mating, the male immediately abandons the hen, leaving her responsible for the total care for the chicks. For the single mother-to-be, there is no assistance, either in the form of a partner or child support. Nor is there any legal recourse. It's despicable" (Tannen ).


“More seriously, in addition to an unfair division of labor, nature is rife with sexual abuse and harassment. The UCSD study estimates that in 2001 alone, more than 170 trillion cases of abuse occurred in the world's forests, grasslands, and oceans—all of them unreported" (Tannen ).


This is how male organisms let the female organism know who is the boss. His happens in nature, among the human population, and who knows where else. Why? Well because that is what is supposed to happen, god created men to be strong so they can be who they are now, intelligent, strong, dominant, and the leader. With out men, women would be out of control right? Because we don’t have a brain to think for ourselves, we are too weak, and we are not capable of finding shelter for ourselves or be the bread winner of the house. Males are dominant and females should know their place, we are always below them because we don’t have a brain.

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Green Day: "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" - [Official Video]

1984 song connection

This song, " Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day connects to the book 1984 that we recently completed by george orwell because as you listen to the lyrics you can imagine how Winston felt in the dystopian society that he was living in. In the book it was as if Winston felt alone, and as I read the book, I understood and could feel his pain, misery, and loneliness. He hated the party and big brother, but he didn't know who else felt what he felt about the society, and because one couldn't distinguish between a thought police and a regular, ordinary citizen, one couldn't trust anybody. until Winston met Julia, he wrote his thoughts on his journal, and even then, he felt like someone was watching him in a way. He thought he knew something was going on, that he remember certain things from the past but didn't know what. As time went on, he was on his own journey, walking his own path in a dead society that follows what they are told basically. Winston felt alone and and didn't know where his thoughts, beliefs, and ideas would lead him just like what the lyric states

"I walk a lonely road


The only one that I have ever known

Don't know where it goes

But it's home to me and I walk alone


I walk this empty street

On the Boulevard of broken dreams

Where the city sleeps

And I'm the only one and I walk alone





My shadow's the only one that walks beside me

My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me

Till then I walk alone




I'm walking down the line

That divides me somewhere in my mind

On the border line of the edge

And where I walk alone


Read between the lines

What's f**ked up and everything's all right

Check my vital signs to know I'm still alive

And I walk alone"

Media literacy performance final reflection

Looking back at my first Smore response of the semester, my views about this class and the meaning of media literacy has changed in a way that now I see media literacy as more of mental and social psychology based rather than technology based. The media uses technologies to improve skin and make one look “better” but it’s mostly based on what others see and how others take in what they see. After spending a semester in this class, I have learned that media can be used in many ways to manipulate its audience. I have also learned shocking things such as Google goggles, the advertisers knowing exactly what we are looking for and showing it to us on our social media accounts, and the advertisers changing a models appearance completely to make them look “perfect” to attract more customers. As I leave this class, I am now more aware of what to search for online and how fake everything is around me. I have learned not to care about what the faces on the magazines look like because they are not real, and that I need to be more aware of my laptop camera because you never know who is watching. In the future, I recommend that since this class is a media lit class that it should be mainly focused on media literature and not other things such as Macbeth or etc. I came to this class expecting to learn more about the media and how it effects us as consumers, costumers, and human being and we did learn that, but I feel like we jumped back and forth to the old style coarse of British lit and how this course is supposed to be rather then just focusing on media lit alone. Since we were the guinea pigs of this coarse, I know why we learned certain thing the way we did, but that is just my opinion for the future.