Media literacy

Media; news outlets that include but are not limited to things such as social media, Newspapers, the internet, articles, videos etcetera, has grown into a net of information keeping people up to date on events all around the world. Media literacy is someone’s ability to interpret and understand the media one encounters in their everyday lives and in their education. Committing to practice media literacy is a very beneficial investment to make for everyone in society today. It can help people distinguish factual from fictional, or what is actual events compared to an advertisement that is in the interest of the company rather than the individual. It also can allow individuals to effect the world in major ways through the usage of the media that is accessible to everyone that can cause massive changes of all kind just from a well worded and supported vocalization of one’s beliefs. A rather memorable use of social media to enact change is through the use of the hashtag #arabspring which brought publicity to unrest in many countries from Tunisia to Syria, although it is true that these events were not entirely publicized through Facebook and other social media they had a very powerful effect nonetheless. The #arabspring hashtag, among others, was used by protesters to bring about change in many countries in the Middle East.
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Social media and you

The relationship between social media and the majority of the population is an incredibly strong bond that will more than likely become permanent in our society. This could potentially be very harmful because like in the article “Maintaining Real Relationships in the Digital world” written by Miles Scheiderman he talks about how many go to social media daily for validation rather than a community. He even quotes studies suggesting that it can be both addictive as well as having a negative effect on user’s happiness. Also in a video with prince Ea called “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity” he tells of how disconnected social media and technology is making us to the real world around us including personal experience in which he tells of a friend thinking him saying face to face meant that they should Skype. To ensure that this does not become a reality of life then we must use social media to benefit us such as how miles describes it as a community which we create that offers support to us through all the things we may face. For those that are addicted to social media there is hope, this is an addiction that can be turned around to provide a positive impact on our lives by making sure that we don’t use it to make us feel important. But if we are unable to prevent our interactions with social media from hurting us then it will eventually lead to many, especially teens, to have poor social lives outside of social media and may lead to them being very unhappy with their lives. I personally have a very limited amount of interaction with most social media out of personal preference but we can use social media to benefit everyone through being supportive of those around us and miles talks about how being positive can lead to a rippling effect of happiness in others.

reflection

My views on media literacy have deepened from the time I wrote that article to be more inclusive for what can affect our lives such as how big an impact what we say has not only on events but also of how others feel. This language arts class differs mainly because the class wasn’t about memorizing information for a test but it was about using the knowledge we have gained over the last few years and I feel it also helped to prepare us for further education to prepare us ultimately for our careers ahead. I personally don’t like public speaking but I realize it is apart of life I will have to address at some point so I guess I can do that now. I know i was not a very active participant in class but i very much enjoyed the class especially the parts about media manipulation in ads as well as the satire and the movie as well as 1984, i found it a very enjoyable book.