Digital Dystopia

What is media? and What does it mean to be Media Literate?

Thirty years ago someone would say, “The media can range from the newspaper in your house, to the radio in your car or even the TV in your living room”. Today someone would say the “internet”, because the internet now offers us content from all of these forms of media. Everywhere you look there is a screen; availability is 24/7/365.Everyone’s a reporter, a journalist, a photographer, and a film maker. Everyone has something to say, a story to tell. Everyone’s an “expert”. So questions like “Who decides what is fact or fiction? Or who can I trust? Start occurring. To me at least, the media is a host of ever changing, ever-developing interfaces, impacting the world around us. Media literacy has even evolved quite drastically; it used to be that if you could read and write then you were a media literate. But the definition of media literacy has expanded because knowing how to communicate across all mediums is an essential in this century. Medial literacy raises the capacity of citizens, to participate life on another level and political policy for the better. Media literacy is more positive than negative because it enhances justice, freedom, awareness, and steward ship. Before, people were really able to get away with mostly anything. But now everybody is a filmmaker, reporter, a journalist, a photographer and so it’s not that easy anymore. Our world has changed so much that maybe thirty years later someone would need to get a digital citizen ship to participate in the world of the internet.

What is Dystopia?

an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
One reason why young adult dystopian literature are popular is that they are written in a teenager’s perspective, which is unusual for traditional literature. Young adults, with the drama and the hormones, are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be in life. With dystopian novels, the character is perceived as someone with independence and ambition. For example, “So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts” (Collins 6). This explains Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and how she understands herself as an individual. This gives reassurance to the reader who is at similar age to the protagonist of the story. They admire how the author shows the protagonists insecurities and concerns such as their love interests and body image. The readers, especially in young adult dystopian literature, can take themselves to an alternate universe in which the character lives and feel like they are in the story. This concept makes it easy for them to relate to the protagonist.

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Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII ad A Heros Welcome 2014

Precis

Budweiser, "A Hero's Welcome", (February 2 ,2014) claims that Budweiser helps deployed soldiers and buy you buying it you can help to. the scripted commercial paints an unrealistic version of deployed service members’ return home. Worse, the appended #SaluteAHero at the end of the video is a thoughtless call to action. In order to capture the audience Budweiser has its 60 crewmembers, and volunteers from the town prepped for two weeks to capture every detail of the young couple being carted through town by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Ignoring the fact that this implicit endorsement of a corporate product likely violates military ethic regulations, the reality is that most service members don’t receive such VIP treatment or fanfare. The target audience are Americans who empathize for the soldiers at war .

Performance Final

Reflect on Prince Ea’s message in “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity.”

We live in a digital age today, in where the phone is more then just a device and something that we perceive as some vital organ in our lives.Did you know the average person spends 4 yrs of his/her life looking down at his/or her cellphone.cellphone. Technology has made us more selfish and separate then ever. This type of cognitive process creates a very unhealthy relationship in our lives.But this process can be avoided by simple methods such as sports, going for a walk and interacting face to face with others.These activities can be classified as "tech free time".This addiction to social media can be controlled but it can be very difficult because it not easy to ask someone to give something up that they knew since birth. As a millennial i can understand this but it can be controlled by simply setting up alarms "to get off the phone".On an intuitive level I’ve always felt there was a downside to being too connected. Life is just better when you’re fully present and “with” those you are actually with. Phones make it a lot harder for us to do this.


When I’m handcuffed to my phone I feel weak, reactive and distracted. When I leave it at home I allow myself to feel strong, present, proactive and focused. This will impact an individual exponentially. If you think you absolutely must be connected in the case of an emergency, buy a $50 “stupid” phone with a pay as you go plan for $10 a month. Give this number to close friends and family with the instructions that it is only for emergencies or last-minute scheduling changes. This one works best if you’re not a heart surgeon or member of your local SWAT team. I can harness this power by starting trends like #techfreetime and events to stay away from the phone like a phone challenge just how charity events used the ice-bucket challenge the same can be done for technology. If people before us can live without technology , why cant we?

Reflection over smores

Based on my first entry I originally said that media literacy is negative but after my ideas have deepened. Medial literacy raises the capacity of citizens, to participate life on another level and political policy for the better. Media literacy is more positive than negative because it enhances justice, freedom, awareness, and steward ship. Before, people were really able to get away with mostly anything. To me at least, the media is a host of ever changing, ever-developing interfaces, impacting the world around us. Now everybody is a filmmaker, reporter, a journalist, a photographer and so it’s not that easy anymore. Our world has changed so much that maybe thirty years later someone would need to get a digital citizen ship to participate in the world of the internet. I learned a lot in this class from media literacy to dystopia . What i can take away from this class is to be more aware and always try to see things from another perspective. Not just get my source from one place but from multiple credible sources. This class is very different from my other language art classes because i was able to express myself way more and we alot more interactive. And the class was not based solely on books,and novels but our ever-changing world. That is what made this class unique to me .But, to make this class better i would like to have studied some famous British authors and get to read political novels like animal farm and discuss it among my classmates. Overall , my semester has been life changing, i made some new friends , and progressed intellectually as an individual .Because now i pay attention what is going on in this world.