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Smore #1 Media Literacy

The term “media” generally refers to mass media messages communicated through visuals, language, and/or sound that are produced for a remote mass audience using some form of technology. Media is a great way to connect and communicate with people around the world. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms. I think society is media literate because we are able to better understand the complex of messages we receive from television, books, music, the Internet and many other forms of media. Through critical thinking media allows the ability for someone to express themselves in many different ways. With all of the usage of media there starts to become problems such as obesity, bullying, depression, negative body image and a lot more other problems. Now that the youth have become so attached to social media and electronics more and children are becoming obese and becoming victims of cyber bullying. However the media can help to reverse this trend by putting out more stories explaining the negative effects of social media and encouraging children to put down the electronics and do more physical activity.

Smore #2 What do you pledge?

I pledge to help end racism by educating others on the wrong of it. As humans we all need to realize that we are all one in the same. Educating the youth and adults about racism, "don't judge a book by its cover" means "you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something, by its outward appearance alone". Hatred is a learned behavior, what you learn from your family and society when you are younger is the start of what you believe in. Reaching out to those who are different from me to try to break the bonds of the walls that divide us. We need to acknowledge that even if we are not directly responsible for the historical causes, we are responsible for how we respond to them today. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).We must understand that no race is superior to another. For example, when we see a garden with many different flowers we appreciate the beauty of the entire arrangement, we do not object to the color of any flower since we realize that each contributes something to the beauty of the garden. In a similar way we may see the world as a garden decorated with people of different colors. Stand. Speak. Act. Let’s end racism today.
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Smore #3 Superbowl Commercial Analysis

In the Ryanville Commercial that played during super bowl 50 (2/7), produced by the agency Innocean, Ryan Reynolds draws the attention to himself with his good looks; he asserts himself throughout the commercial trying to distract the young women in the car, but Hyundai proves that even when someone is distracting you, your car will keep you safe. In the commercial Reynolds walks in front of front of the car, but is saved by the fact that the car has auto emergency brakes with pedestrian detection. The purpose is to show the safety measures this car has to offer in order to keep you safe even when you aren’t paying attention. The intended audience is potential car buyers, mainly women, with a sexy tone set by Ryan.
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Smore #4 Men Don't Do Chores

In today’s society more and more women are becoming more independent and in charge. In advertising, there have been more commercials showcasing the strength of women over men and the men are being perceived as stupid, lazy, or lesser to women, but not many vice versa. Is this wrong when for so long women have been the ones being put down by men? Back in the day, sexism towards women in advertising has always been an issue in society. Women have always been expected to fill specific gender roles as the cleaning or cooking housewives. In the 1950s, sexism against women was something that was normal and expected by both men and women. Ads in the 1950s usually advertised wives being completely controlled and influenced by their husbands. In today’s society we have evolved to where such discrimination is extremely discouraged and looked down upon. Society has become very sensitive to anything derogatory towards women, currently more and more women are fighting for equal pay and treatment. Looking back at advertising in the mid-1900s and today, it has changed tremendously. Women have become the strong and independent ones while men are looked at as weak and afraid of women. So, this type of advertising and its impact on society has definitely made a difference, but whether or not that difference is for the better is yet to be determined.
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Smore #5 Media Manipulation

Dove ad campaigns promote healthy self-images for women while also funding sexist and degrading Axe body spray ads. "Dove [is] positioning itself as a brand that cares and is trying to teach girls to resist this messaging. At the same time Unilever, in the form of Axe, is putting out some of the worst messaging there is" (Josh Golin). Women have a weakness for beauty products. The Dove ad campaign for ‘Real Beauty’ featuring “curvy” ladies is an ad for “firming lotion”, cellulite cream and a line of anti-aging products. Some women believe that this campaign specializes in selling women useless products they buy. Commercials are hypocritical by trying to promote one thing but their product promotes the exact opposite, but clearly it’s working because it’s taking the customer’s attention with the deviation of the content shown. If even one woman feels better about herself after watching a commercial for Dove featuring another woman with a little bit of belly fat, or sees this and affects the fact that she's being viewed as less than by society as a whole, I would consider that a small success.
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Smore #6 Should Apple Fix?

With the case involving the FBI and Apple, what is more important, freedom or security? The FBI has possession of the San Bernardino killer’s phone, but is unable to view the content withheld inside without Apple creating a “backdoor” into the device to recover the information. This type of software becomes very dangerous if put in the wrong hands allowing anyone to hack into an I-Phone if you have possession of it. Apple has the right to not create this software because by creating it, would threaten the security of the customers who own an Apple device. This would allow the government to continue to advance the technology and soon be able to use location services and access the cameras on our phones. Though the government says they wouldn’t allow the software to be leaked and only to be used on this phone, can the government be trusted? If a similar case was to come around, we all know the FBI wouldn’t think twice before using the software again. With that the software would become even more common creating a greater chance of a leak of the software. Therefore, is it really worth the risk of your freedom and person security for one phone?
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Smore #7 -1984 Agree or Disagree

With the quote given, “The only way to prepare for peace is to be prepared for war.” At first preparing for war and preparing for peace seem like two things that wouldn’t go together but once you think about it, it makes sense. Preparing for war you are building up your protection. This doesn’t mean war is the key, but the power from preparation can make the enemy flee, and result in peace. If your country is weak and has no protection, lesser powers are more likely to attack. Leading to war, so if all the world’s military's were to vanish, people would rise to power and start a revolution of war if there is no one to stop them. It would happen in multiple places in the world because people are always power hungry. I agree with this quote and this is being carried out today by the US. We have our military to prepare for the worst but hope for peace. This carries on to even smaller scales. If there was someone breaking into your house you would pull a weapon. This is just a threat and a warning to leave, but if it was ignored then the treat would turn into “war” but the objective is to end with peace, the gun represents the message of strength that the military gives off.
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Smore #8 Get It Straight

Ted Cruz a Republican said the quote "There have been multiple media reports about (Donald Trump's) business dealings with the mob, and the mafia." during an appearance on “Meet the Press” on February 28. The story behind the quote was, Trump himself said that he was associating with the mob and in the past years Trump has said that he has hired the mafia himself. Mainly dealing with construction, the mafia is in charge because of the area that Trump wanted to build Trump Towers which was their land, so Trump basically had to be on good terms with them in order to build the towers. Them being different people in mafias such as Kenneth Shapiro, an associate of mob boss Nicky Scarfo, and Felix Sater, "a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections". With that being said Cruz was in fact correct about stating such a crazy quote, because without him bringing up the topic, the citizens of the United States, the voters of the next president might not have done their research and voted for a politician that is intertwined with the mafia. A politician is hard enough to trust so adding on that he is associating with the mafia does not make Trump seem any more trustworthy for a possible corrupt future government. In order to make an informed and full position on this topic I actually had to look up the backstory of how Trump was affiliated to the mafia to take a stand on the subject. Overall, my thoughts were that politicians can easily bring up any subject about one another but only then will people care.

During the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire Hillary Clinton said ISIS is "going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists." The whole story behind this is that Clinton made false rumors about Trump, worrying everybody about whether or not the claims were true or not. Within that day the press and Clinton’s campaign diligently tried to find evidence or any type of proof to connect Trump to ISIS enabling each other. But in the end there were no results to the two helping each other, making the quote from Hillary Clinton false. In order to make an informed and full position on the topic one would have to understand the backstory of what Hillary said and how her words could have been mixed up, which she obviously did. She, Hillary Clinton, made up a false claim to attack her opponent, Trump. My thoughts overall would be that the political campaign is full of made up stories to make each other’s look bad so it is never easy to trust what these candidates say on live television. They can easily twist their words but one would never know unless they looked it up.

On Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 in the first Democratic debate, Bernie said "Today in America, we have more people in jail than any other country on Earth." He argues that we spend way too much money on putting people behind bars, when we could be using that money towards something good. "Today in America, we have more people in jail than any other country on Earth," Sanders said. "It seems to me that instead of building more jails and providing more incarceration, maybe, just maybe, we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids." After reading the back stories of the candidate’s quotes, most of the things they are saying are false. The media and news give us some facts and tell us when some of the candidates lie, but the majority of the voters aren’t going to go search and see if what they hear is true or false. So the candidates escape with false claims and many of their voters believe what they hear. We can’t rely on the media to supply us with all facts of the candidate’s comments, but they do help. The problem with not searching for the truth is we then start to believe the lies and we are sucked into a false reality. For example, many of the things Donald Trump has said at rallies and debates aren’t accurate, but many of his supporters believe him, thinking he wouldn’t lie to millions of Americans if he is trying to gain their trust. That is exactly what he wants, because he is not accurate with what he says or does, but Americans don’t care enough to fact check him so he gets away with it. The people are the ones who vote so they have the power, but until they start doing research to try and understand and know the grounds of why the claims were called upon, we are like what Orwell says in 1984 “mindless robots”.

Smore #9 Ain't Rebellion Fine

Between 1941-1943, underground resistance movements developed in approximately 100 100 ghettos in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. Their goals were to organize uprisings, break out of the ghettos, and join partisan units in the fights against the Germans. The Jews knew the uprisings would not completely stop the Germans, and they knew the chances of them actually escaping were very slim, but they could not simply do nothing. They had to fight back; it is human nature to stand up for yourself. You cannot just stand by and let someone abuse you.

What makes rebellions so powerful is the passion people have to escape their abuse. When people join together to rebel it is usually because they are being mistreated. Not always, but usually the number of people being mistreated out-weigh the people abusing them. When they join together and stand up for themselves you see the power they really do possess.

In the particular article I read, people were inspired to act because they were being held against their will in ghetto camps, abused, killed, starved, and deprived of their basic human rights. The Nazi camps were by far one of the worst things to ever happen in this world, I think anyone in their position would be inspired to rebel.

Techniques they used in their uprising were sneaking weapons into the ghettos. Inhabitants in the ghettos resisted with force when the Germans began to deport the ghetto populations. The Warsaw ghetto uprising in the spring of 1943 was the largest single revolt by Jews. Hundreds of Jews fought the Germans and their auxiliaries in the streets of the ghetto. Thousands of Jews refused to obey German orders to report to an assembly point for deportation. In the end the Nazis burned the ghetto to the ground to force the Jews out. Although they knew defeat was certain, Jews in the ghetto fought desperately and valiantly. Under the most adverse conditions, Jewish prisoners succeeded in initiating resistance and uprisings in some Nazi camps. The surviving Jewish workers launched uprisings even in the extermination camps of Treblinka, Sobibor, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. About 1,000 Jewish prisoners participated in the revolt in Treblinka. On August 2, 1943, Jews seized what weapons they could find—picks, axes, and some firearms stolen from the camp armory—and set fire to the camp. About 200 managed to escape. The Germans recaptured and killed about half of them.

So although there techniques weren’t really much help to them, they still did their best. They stuck together and they resisted orders no matter what outcome they got.

In society today, you could technically say Trump is an uprising. He has caused riots and outbreaks and fights between protesters. Who knows what more is going to come from his running, and if he were to actually be nominated, I think half of America would go crazy.

Smore #10 The Government Wins Again

Edward Snowden worked for the NSA and was allowed access to top secret information. He used his level of intelligence to turn against the government and reveal the truth to the people of America. He collected documents and important information that revealed the secret methods the NSA uses to spy on the American people. He then flew to China where he was out of USA jurisdiction and met with journalists from the U.K. publication, The Guardian, as well as filmmaker Laura Poitras. Later on Snowden says, "I'm willing to sacrifice [my former life] because I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building," On June 14th, 2013, federal prosecutors charged Snowden with "theft of government Property," "unauthorized communication of national defense information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person." Snowden remained in hiding for slightly more than a month. The following month, Snowden made headlines again when it was announced that he had been offered asylum in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia. Snowden wanted to seek temporary asylum in Russia and possibly apply for citizenship later. Russia agreed to this and Snowden thanked them and said "in the end the law is winning." it's no secret that governments are able to intercept telephone calls and text messages. Many activists specifically avoid using the telephone and instead, they use tools like Skype, which they think are immune to interception, but they aren’t. Rather than intercepting the communications as they go over the wire, instead they now hack into your computer, enable your webcam, enable your microphone, and steal documents from your computer. The police can sort of sit in an air-conditioned office and remotely monitor someone without them having any idea that it's going on. You know, your webcam light won't turn on. There's nothing to indicate that the microphone is enabled. Hacking Team's software is being sold to governments around the world. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States does have the budget to build their own surveillance technology. Like Gamma and Hacking Team, the FBI also has the capability to remotely activate webcams, microphones, steal documents, and get web browsing information, the works. We all use the same kinds of computers, so when governments go into hacking for terrorists, pedophiles, drug dealers, journalists and human rights activists they not only have the capability to hack into the computers of the real bad guys, they also have to have the capability to hack into our devices too. Soghoian ends this talk by saying that there have been no congressional hearings. There's no law that's been passed specifically authorizing this technique, and because of its power and potential for abuse, it's vital that we have an informed public debate.

Smore #11 Is Technology from Heaven?

Over the last fifty years, technology has advanced for the good and for the bad. The advancement in technology has changed the world in medicine. It has allowed physicians to better diagnose and treat their patients and countless lives have been saved, but the internet also has its bad sides. It has turned our existence upside down. It has revolutionized communications, to the extent that it is now our preferred use of everyday communication. In almost everything we do, we use the Internet. Ordering food, buying clothes, sharing a moment through social media, etc. Before the Internet, if you wanted to keep up with the news, you had to walk down to the newsstand when it opened in the morning and buy a local edition reporting what had happened the previous day. But today a click or two is enough to read your local paper and any news source from anywhere in the world, updated up to the minute. “All this technology we have it’s just an illusion. Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion and when you step away from this device of delusion, you awaken to see a world of confusion. We’re surrounded by children who since they were born, have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm. It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest dad, if you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad. When I was a child I’d never be home, I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam. I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees, or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees. Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill, see no children outside and the swings hanging still. There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple, we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people…” Gary Turk.

Smore #12 Happiness vs Freedom

Over the years we as humans have had to weigh our wants for freedom and happiness. The difference between the two is with freedom, we have no governmental assistant and are all on our own. That is possible for those who are self-sustainable, but over time, we as a race have begun to lean more and more on the government’s assistance to help make life run smoothly. To many this brings happiness, but you are giving away a part of your privacy by allowing the government to put limits on what you do. Happiness isn’t always about being 100% on your own and without any watching eyes, but privacy is an important quality many people want. To avoid the watching eyes or “big brother”, you have to make a choice of what you see as more important for your life. I agree with Winston in his society of Oceania with the over dominate Big Brother, but disagree with Winston in our society because at least in the United States, our Government brings happiness through protection and order providing roads, the military, an public services including water, electricity, and public facilities.

Smore #13 Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting his or her own memory, perception and sanity. The classic example of gaslighting is to switch something around on someone that you know they’re sure to notice, but then deny kowing anything about it, and to explain that they “must be imagining things” when they challenge these changes. An example of gas lighting as shown in the article is Donald Trump. Trump has used gaslighting in many cases like saying there has been no violence at his rally’s even when there are hundreds of videos of violent protests. People in our country have been gullible enough to believe Trumps statements, allowing him to be able to brain wash our citizens into his false lies. It has become so popular in America that you are able to get away with gaslighting as long as you are able to turn the argument against someone when they are coming at you. It takes a group to make a change, not single individuals to fight the gaslighter. Hillary Clinton is another example of gaslighting through her private email scandal and the things she says about Bernie Sanders. Enough people in the world cared about hearing the truth and when the truth was revealed, she was then hit with the nationwide spotlight.

Smore #14 Can we Autocorrect Humanity (Performance Final)

Technology has become a huge crutch for humanity in this century. I never really realized how determined our uncontrollable addictions are towards everything that deals with the outside world through technology. I can admit that I am a part of this horrific epidemic and after listening to Prince Ea’s spoken word, it became evident how scary our dependability on technology has become. It seems as though it has become impossible for us to go backwards to a time of actual reality, not the fantasy that we live in now. However, Prince Ea has made it clear that the there is a small bit of hope left for humanity to come back to its roots of true communication, but only if people are willing to do that. I believe that overtime I will be able to change my ways if I pledge first to admit and recognize my problem, then decrease my unhealthy habits of consuming all of my time and days through technology. Also, just a tip for future generations, I believe it will be helpful to not introduce them to the dangers of technology until they are able to understand that it is threatening and needs to be handled with responsibility. By doing this, we are able to both keep the primary benefits of technology as well as having a bridge to true communication. However, there is also a chance that this world can possibly change to one that is irreversible to technology’s overbearing on us all. And if we cross the boundary of an evolved world that solely operates on technology, the return of actual humanity will be gone forever. We will have become a world of cold, hard robots with no knowledge on what life is supposed to be. But aren’t we already turning into that now with our heads consumed in another realm of fiction? And if we are how can we reverse it? Well, I believe that we can start by simply acknowledging our problems.

Smore #14 part ll (evaluation)

After taking this class, I have learned the true meaning of media literacy. Media Literacy is not all about the breaking apart of a piece of writing in its literacy meaning, it is more about the meaning that isn’t put in the words and is only understood if you know the back story. For example in some of the last satire pieces we have read, some of the articles were silly and were no way true at all, but if you really read and try to relate it to real world problems you then realize that the article has a second meaning. This class has taught me the importance of keeping up with Carl Azuz and current events including politics so you are up to date and in the loop with everything happening around the world. The more you know the easier social interactions are and that is what Media Literacy is all about. Showing you how to use the internet for good but not poison yourself with excess online interactions. What was different about this class was that we didn’t have as many tests and summative assignments, which personally I loved, and we just focused more on present day stories and our society and how we interact with literary pieces, while other classes focused more on the past and reminisce on old works. Something that could have made this class a little better was not having so many smores and not having Big Brother (Mrs.Danley) thinking she was the queen and we were the sorry people! But overall this was by far my favorite language arts class throughout high school. If ur fliminiohin flyin yet!