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To me being media literate corresponds to having the ability to analyze any type of messages thrown at us. Being able to interpret and break down what somewhat is advertising to further benefit yourself makes someone media literate. If you are media literate you have a distinct advantage over the next person, for you can compare prices to find where and when you can get the best deal. Whether it is from commercials on TV, advertisements on youtube, or ads on facebook or twitter, a person who has mastered the art of understanding media literacy can break down what someone or a company is offering and compare them to others. Being media literate means being able to critically think about news or entertainment, so by asking yourself various questions such as “Who are they targeting?” you can figure out whether or not to even waste your time debating this certain product or person. Media literacy allows you to be able to create messages and evaluate messages or entries in any social format i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Kik. Being Media literate also makes life a lot easier in regards to the way the world is headed. Being media literate used to mean you could sit on the couch and read a newspaper for hours, yet now it solely focuses on being able to communicate with others via the internet. This means you need to be equally comfortable being a computer as you are with a pencil in your hand writing an essay.


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Media literacy is a huge deal in today’s society. If you are media literate you have an advantage over everybody else. You can compare things and get the best deal. Whether it is from commercials on TV, advertisements on youtube, or ads on facebook or twitter, a person who has mastered the art of understanding media literacy can break down what someone or a company is offering and compare them to others. Being media literate means being able to critically think about news or entertainment, so by asking yourself various questions such as “Who are they targeting?” you can figure out whether or not to even waste your time debating this certain product or person. Media literacy allows you to be able to create messages and evaluate messages or entries in any social format i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Kik. Media literacy also makes life a lot easier in regards to the way the world is headed. Mefia literacy allows paople to communicate via the internet. This means you need to be equally comfortable being a computer as you are with a pencil in your hand writing an essay. Communicate communicate advertising advertising internet internet media literacy media literacy internet internet internet internet internet communcvate communicate communicate comminucate

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In the commercial "America the Beautiful" (2014), Coke, a worldwide known beverage, suggests that it is a refreshing drink that everyone, no matter age, gender, race, or sexual orientation, can gracefully enjoy. Coke takes an immense risk by using voices of "America the Beautiful" sung in several different languages depicting coke as a universally renowned soft drink; throughout the commercial coke uses different examples to persuade viewers that coca cola is a drink for everyone and coke uses contrasting people and places to illuminate this such as : kids in a movie theater to adults surfing in the ocean, coke also culminates different religions and sexual orientations such as Jewish men wearing a kippah and islamic women wearing a hajaab, and also if you watch closely a gay couple is highlighted enjoying a fresh coke while their child at a public skating rink also different dance styles and living places are among the different ways coke tried to spread their product. Using all these different ways to advocate their product coke embraces all aspects of a modern living in order to prevent people from thinking coke is a company solely focused on advertising to a specific group of people. Coke's target audience is people who feel neglected in today's society because of constant judgement of their culture, language spoken, or sexual orientation, and coke closes out the commercial by adding a two part harmony to illustrate that coke is a company who provides their drink to all individuals.

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NFL Combine Punters and Kickers run the 40 yard dash in 4. no one cares

Michael Swint, Sports

27 March 2014

Many NFL hopefuls participated in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in February at Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis but no one stood out more than all the punters and kickers in attendance. Many former college kickers and punters vowed scouts with their 40 times in the sub 4. no one cares and vertical jumps of 25. it doesn’t even matter inches. With hopes of getting drafted by a professional NFL team kickers and punters from various colleges worked really hard to get ready for the combine. Miami punter Pat O’ Donnel submitted this statement, “I think I did pretty well and worked pretty hard to get ready, but it would have been nice if there were scouts to watch my jump or time my 40.” Although he ran an impressive time of 4.62 and put up 23 reps on the bench press many scouts were caught moaning about how they didn’t care and saying how it was a good time to make a non important phone call. Many kickers and punters asked if they could run their 40’s again. They responded with, “yes you can but we are letting the clock rest for the real football players.” Despite the lack of interest at the combine many scouts predict the O’Donnel will get drafted; they will focus on what they feel is important, and that is punting.

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It was the summer of the year 1947, and Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey just approached Jackie Robinson about being a part of the organization. The major leagues had not had a black player since 1889 when it became segregated, yet the commissioner of baseball denied Branch Rickey’s attempt to have Robinson be a part of the dodger system. Robinson returned to the Negro leagues where he played for the Kansas City Monarchs. Many people in the black community were saddened by major league baseball denying Jackie to be a part of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, but that didn’t stop Jackie or Branch Rickey. Rickey attempted to break the color barrier again in the summer of 1956 with Jackie Robinson, and once again he was denied. However, this time Jackie did not return to the Negro leagues. Instead he and Branch Rickey drew up their own contract and Jackie joined to Brooklyn Dodgers system. Outraged by their disobedience the commissioner of baseball did everything in his power to get Jackie out of the game. He went as far as paying players to intentionally hurt Jackie to get him out of the game. Branch and Jackie stayed strong though as Jackie continued to rise through the dodgers system. A year later in spring training of 1957 Jackie made the major league roster as the starting first baseman. With disgust from the commissioner, players around the league, and even his own teammates Jackie was not necessarily opened with welcoming arms. With a tremendous amount of pressure on his shoulders Jackie struggled in his first year in the major leagues. Many people were quick to say along the lines of Jackie going back to the Negro leagues where he belongs and rumors about the Brooklyn dodgers firing branch rickey rose. However, Rickey and Robinson never lost hope and Jackie returned to spring training in 1958 with a chip on his shoulder. Striving to prove all the non-believers wrong Jackie went on to win MVP his sophomore year in the show, yet this still not enough to satisfy the commissioner. The next season he ordered Branch Rickey to release Jackie of his contract and demand he return to the Negro leagues. Although Jackie was thoroughly disappointed by the commininer’s actions he was humbled to have an opportunity to play major league baseball and excel. He went on to be a Negro league hall of famer; he served as an inspiration to young black baseball players who had the hope that one day they could break the color barrier in professional baseball. Today, the color barrier in professional baseball still exists and baseball players everywhere can’t help but wonder what it would be like if Jackie had been allowed to stay.

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Upon reading 1984 I was very fascinated of George Orwell’s vision of the future, and I do agree with his view of the political dystopian world. I believe that we are heading in the direction and many years down the road we will end up living in a dystopian society. Although this is not an accurate depiction of the country we live in, it is very similar to many outside countries. There are 13 dictatorships around the world. All of which have very strict rules that limit individual freedoms such as Oceania in “1984”. I thought the book was very well written, yet it was difficult to understand at times. I did not like the ending of the book because I would have liked to see the it end in a way to have Winston and Julia take over the government and have Winston stay true to his beliefs. I did not like how Winston changed his views of the government and “big brother” or how he lost his love for Julia. Hence, I would have ended the book a lot differently if I were the author. I would’ve ended the book by having Julia and Winston maintaining their love for each other and, together, overthrowing big brother and the government. The most important message I would take from the book is to stay true to yourself and your beliefs and do whatever you can to make certain that your message gets across. Doing this you not only make life better for yourself, but also for others around you.


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This class was very different from other language arts courses I have taken in past years. We started the year off by exploring social media. We looked at the positive and negative aspects of social media, and we looked at how social media and be helpful and how it can be a burden. I was very interested in the social media aspect of this class and I am grateful for what I have learned about social media by taking this course. That was definitely my favorite part of the course. In past language arts classes it was just reading books and taking quizzes and tests on them without fully understanding the book through discussion. I liked how in this class we discussed the book “1984” on a daily basis which helped me and the rest of the class grasp a full understanding before we took the test. I have learned how to analyze difficult text better by taking this class and reading and discussing “1984.” I feel like this class has prepared me for college next year also because we did a lot of our word via the internet and that’s how it’s going to be at the next level. The days of writing things down are over and I’m glad we were able to get a sneak peak of that by taking this class. In the future I would have explored social media and the internet even more than we did because it is such an interesting topic. I also would have read the major work “1984” a lot sooner than we did because it would been pretty cool to end the year discussing cooler subjects like controversial issues or media a little more. All in all I learned a lot of valuable tools that I will carry on with me to college next year by taking this course.