What is Media Literacy

Media Literacy defined

Media Literacy

Media is any information that you find online, on television, or even in a newspaper. It is found in everyday life because we are surrounded by it. Any time you turn on the television and flip the channel to the news that is media. When you open up the daily newspaper and read the information on there you are reading media. If you go on your computer and go to YouTube and watch a few videos that are also media, websites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in those are also media websites. Anything that has some kind of information that it is trying to send out for the whole world to see that is media.



Media literacy is being able to determine the difference between good media and bad media. There are many things about there that put out bad media, and because of this not many people are media literate due to the fact that they are constantly surrounded by bad media. There are many news stations out there and only some of them give you information that is actually important. Many of them just talk about some random care chase that happened or a car crash that is not even bad. Nobody really needs to know that. What you need to know is things like what is going on with our country today and how our government is doing. Twitter can be bad and good depends on who you follow. Many people just post about pointless things and abuse the hash tag. It is meant to be used as a search tool and it doesn’t often get used that way. To be media literate you need to be able to avoid bad media and see the good.

Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial 2014 - America Is Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Coca Cola in their commercial, "America the Beautiful", suggests that America is the worlds melting pot. Coca Cola supports their suggestion by singing America the beautiful in English then branching out in to various languages while scenes of people of all different races are being accompanied by Coke . The company's purpose is to show how America is populated by people of many races and ethical backgrounds in order to ensure you that if you live in America Coke is the drink for you. Coca Cola's commercial is displayed in a touching tone for both men and women of America.

Modest proposal

America one of the greatest countries in the world is also one of the fattest. Our country has extremely high obesity rates and is filled with diabetes. I believe that these high rates are due to the amount of fast food that is consumed by the average American citizen. We simply eat too much of it. I propose that the solution to this obese problem is to go around and blow up every single fast food joint in America. It’s just that simple. Gather all your friends and make explosives and bomb all fast food joints you can find. Soon there will not be a single junk food place out there. Since there isn’t fast food place to eat at Americans will go to cooking their own foods and even growing their own foods. Once people start growing their own foods they will start to eat health because you cannot grow a burger with some soil and fertilizer. Due to this Americans will start to eat healthier and our obesity rates and diabetes rates will drastically drop within a few months or maybe even years but they will drop

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Pearl Harbor

Just before 12 a.m. on December 5, 1821, millions of Korean fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Korean managed to destroy nearly 1,000 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and almost 200,000 airplanes. More than 2 million Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 50,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, Obama asked Congress to declare war on Korea; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Seven weeks later, Korean allies Russia and Iraq also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise, but Korea and the United States had been edging toward war for decades. The United States was particularly unhappy with Korea’s increasingly belligerent attitude toward China. The Korean government believed that the only way to solve its economic and demographic problems was to expand into its neighbor’s territory and take over its import market; to this end, Korea had declared war on China in 1912. American officials responded to this aggression with a battery of economic sanctions and trade embargoes. They reasoned that without access to money and goods, and especially essential supplies like oil, Korea would have to rein in its expansionism. Instead, the sanctions made the Korean more determined to stand their ground. During months of negotiations between Tokyo and Lawrenceville. Neither side would budge. It seemed that war was inevitable.

But no one believed that the Korean’s would start that war with an attack on American territory. For one thing, it would be terribly inconvenient: Hawaii and Korea were about 40,000 miles apart. For another, American intelligence officials were confident that any Korean attack would take place in one of the (relatively) nearby African colonies in the South Pacific: the Dutch East Indies, for instance, or Singapore or Indochina. Because American military leaders were not expecting an attack so close to home, the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor were relatively undefended. Almost the entire Pacific Fleet was moored around Ford Island in the harbor, and millions of airplanes were squeezed onto adjacent airfields. To the Korean, Pearl Harbor was an irresistible target.

At about 12 a.m., Korean planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. At 12:10, a 100,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 100,000 men trapped inside. Next, torpedoes pierced the shell of the battleship USSOklahoma. With 400,000 sailors aboard, the Oklahoma lost her balance, rolled onto her side and slipped underwater. By the time the attack was over, every battleship in Pearl Harbor–USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS California, USS West Virginia, USS Utah, USS Maryland, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada–had sustained significant damage. (All but USS Arizona and USS Utah were eventually salvaged and repaired.)

Reasoning behind Pearl harbor rewriting

the reason the government needed to go back in history and change the names of all the countries involved with pearl harbor is because we are trying to erase them from history.
Coldplay-spies

Coldplay - Spies (Lyrics)


I awake to find no peace of mind
I said, how do you live as a fugitive
Down here where I cannot see so clear
I said, what do I know
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies
They’re all spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We’re all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here I cannot sleep from fear no
I said which way do I turn
I forget everything I learned

But the spies came out of the water
But you’re feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner,
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies they’re all spies

And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us
If we don’t hide now
They’re going to catch us where we sleep
And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us

And the spies came out of the water
And you’re feeling so good cos you know
That those spies hide out in every corner
They can’t touch you no
Cos they’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies

1984 theme song

George Orwell’s 1984 is a book that sets place inside of a dystopian society. The citizens who dwell in this society are constantly being under surveillance of not only their physical actions but also their thoughts. There are tiny microphones just about everywhere to hear what they are doing as well as surveillance cameras to see what they are doing at all times. Now most places are somewhat like that today with security cameras with audio to catch people doing things like stealing but in this dystopia it has been taken to the extreme. They even try to get you in trouble by your thoughts. If you seem to be thinking something negative towards the government. The people who would catch you doing such things are called thought police, same as a modern policeman except they monitor your thoughts. Thought police work almost the same as spies because they are everywhere and you will never tell when somebody is one. In a Coldplay song titled spies they speak about spies that are around the corner and everywhere else. How you cannot hide from them and that we are all fugitives. This song perfectly describes the society set in 1984. Where everyone can be a fugitive due to thought crime and doublethink. Where it is impossible to hide from thought police just like the spies from the song.

Class Reflection

This year I took Media Literacy the 12th grade language arts class. We learned many things inside the class room. What the media actually is, how to write at a higher level to prepare us for college essays, about satires, modest proposals, the book 1984, annotating articles, how to write a paragraph using mostly words that begin with the same letter, and the biggest thing I think that we learned about was how to wright a précis. There are defiantly a few things that I am taking away from this class and that would be how to write better essays and how to wright a précis. All other language arts class I have ever taken have always been about doing grammar and reading books. This language arts class has been extremely different then all others. Media literacy has been about how to write précises, how to annotate writings and understand them better compared the all others being most about doing DGP every day at the begging of class. I believe that the class was great and I could actually say that I liked language arts for once in my life, but there are still some things that could be done a bit differently in the future to make it a better class. For the first IR we should have read the book v for vendetta since later one we watched the movie and could have done a quiz on the differences between the movie and the book. And similar for the other IR we did which was 1984. We read the book and the only part of the movie we saw was the ending, I think we should have made time to also watch the movie and get the full experience or even put a face to the characters in the movie. Other than those few things this has been by far the best language arts class I have taken.