Media Literature: Unmatched Impact
Jae Seok Hwang - Lowe 4th Block
Media is a word that represents the worldwide mass communications bubble we have created in modern society. Immediately when we think of the news we associate it with the television we watch at home, the newspapers we pick up while shopping, and especially the social media on which we all love to share bits and pieces of our thoughts and lives. These are all platforms on which we are all able to keep up with significant worldwide events or even the not-so-relevant bits that attract the most attention instead. In many media channels or organizations today, information is often skewed to attract a certain type of viewership. These instances of misinformation and lies shape our culture and society negatively, and often times only end up advocating hate amongst the already biased viewers. Being literate refers to a person’s ability to read and write a particular language. In comparison, I would like to assume that media literacy refers to a person’s ability to read, write, and even analyze this “media” that significantly affects our lives in modern society. Whether it is to educate, spread awareness, or just spark reactions from the public, media is created with a purpose to be perceived by the viewers. This means that media literate individuals should be able to break down and comprehend the purposed intentions of the media creators themselves. Some examples would include an individual identifying certain target marketing strategies, understanding how certain messages affect our society, and just recognizing the spin from the parts of the story told. Media literacy “skills” would probably benefit an individual in the sense of developing critical thinking, and would lower the chance of being swindled by the media.
Millions of people worldwide use a vast variety of
social media daily.
Media is often deceptive so being "media literate" is not a bad skill to have.
Our society is overwhelmed with social media and as a result is consumed
Gandhi's Salt March
Mohandas Gandhi’s campaign of “satyagraha,” or mass civil disobedience, was to nonviolently resist the policies and laws the British rule had established. One of these laws happened to be Britain’s Salt Acts, a law that prohibited Indians from collecting or even selling salt, an extreme necessity in the Indian diet. Through this law the British were able to abuse the Indian people through their monopoly over the manufacture and sale of salt, even going as far as adding an additional salt tax. It was through the injustice from this law and many others that led as the main inspiration to the uprising against the British influence in India.
Gandhi figured that breaking the salt law would be not only be simple, but nonviolent, the key component to his resistance. On his way to the coastal town of Dandi on the Arabian Sea, Gandhi addressed large crowds, where his speaking influenced many to join the salt satyagraha. By the time they reached Dandi on April 5, 1930, Gandhi and a crowd of tens of thousands were ready to start the resistance.
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