Media Literacy

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What is Media?

The term "Media" is a various means of communication, which deliver information through internet, radio, and television. It has become an inseparable part for the society. Media was designed to transfer information or data to a group of viewers. It helps people know current news fast and accurate. I watched a lot of channel news through television; it helps me know some current situation around my area. For example, two days ago, about 9,000 people across metro Atlanta were out of power on Saturday morning. Media has the power to entertain and educate people. What do you think the term “Media Literate” means? In my opinion, it means the ability to understand how media works and its function and impact to the society. I rarely think about media literate is important to us. We receive information from media unconsciously to teach us knowledge and lessons. Nowadays, film and internet has become the main teller to transfer messages. Learning about how media works let us aware the construction of media and how epidemic starts through media usage. When you watched movies on television, it always showcase a few minutes of advertisement. If you pay close attention to advertisement, you can find there are advertisements everywhere. I started to think more about the connection between media and advertisement. Advertisements are designed to persuade and inform people to believe or to do something. It also uses a variety of techniques to grab our attention. Keep in mind that all the media use variety of techniques to teach us what we believe and how things work.

GoldieBlox - OFFICIAL BIG GAME XLVIII - Ad (Uncut Version)

GoldieBlox Précis

GoldieBlox in the Super Bowl commercial, “Official Big Game XLVIII ad” (2014), suggests that young girls deserve more choices of toys rather than dolls. GoldieBlox supports their suggestion by showing how young girls can develop interest in construction toys. The company’s purpose is to teach young girls at an early age that they can build and create amazing things in order to inspire the future generation of female engineers. The company shows the commercial in a humorous tone for young girls.

Global warming to hit Asia hardest

Stacy Liang, News Reporter

Saturday March 22, 2014



ASIA'S COASTAL URBAN CITIES-- Global warming has the most beneficial consequences in Asia in a variety of ways, which include rising sea levels, heat stress, people lose their homes because of flooding, drought and water scarcity, and threat of food security.


According to a scientific draft report, climate change effects throughout the 21st century will be global. The world has been improved by the carbon dioxide emissions. The report also states that "The majority of it will be in east, south-east and south Asia. Some small island states are expected to face very high impacts." People still don't realize that human activities have grant a great present to mother nature. As the sea level rises, people that are living along the coast of Asia, will be more easier to get water. Thus properties that are built along the coast will have an increase value. Smaller lands brings people together, thus people can save time for transportation and reducing the cost of shipping. As the temperature rises, lower energy costs will save natural gas and power plants for other usages. People will no longer face food security and hunger, the yields of major crops will increase because winter won't exist anymore. Furthermore, people won't need furnace and enormous coats.


Our children, grandchildren and future generation will appreciate our manners of hurrying the large emissions of carbon dioxide. It is time for human to think that global warming is not a problem at all.

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The Police - Every Breath You Take

Every Breath You Take Lyrics

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you.

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you.

Oh can't you see
You belong to me?
How my poor heart aches with every step you take.

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you.

Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace.
I dream at night, I can only see your face.
I look around but it's you I can't replace.
I feel so cold, and I long for your embrace.
I keep crying baby, baby please...

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you.

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you...

Theme song for 1984

“Every Breath You Take” is an English rock song by The Police. It is cool to see the connections between the lyrics and the book 1984. The song keeps repeating the same track, and it ends with “I’ll be watching you....". This relate to "Big Brother" is watching and spying on you in 1984. Virtually everything that you do is being recorded and tracked. Citizens believe everything the party says. “Every bond you break/every step you take “represents how the totalitarian government is gathering information on us, and they know more than we can imagine. “Every single day/ every word you say “represents the technologies in 1984. The party use hidden telescreens, microphones, and other techniques all across Oceania for controlling means. The telescreens act as a television while they also act as surveillance cameras. The telescreens also symbolize how the party abuses technology for its own sake. “Every smile you fake/every claim you stake” represents physical control in 1984. The party forces the citizens to obey and be loyal to Big Brother. The party convinces that 2+2=5, showing us how they control thoughts. “You belonged to me? / How my poor heart aches with every step you take “represents the party controls information and history. As a result, all histories are rewritten and no one really knows the past.

Reflection

Throughout my time in the Media Literacy course I took this year, my initial ideas on media literacy had deepened. At the beginning of the semester, I defined media literacy as a various means of communication, which deliver information through internet, radio, and television. As the semester comes to an end, I see the value of media in the society. Media literacy can influence individual's mind about how they perceived others and their own beliefs. It enables us to view with a critical eye and understand other's point of view around us. Media literacy allows us to actively engaged in learning the real world. It is especially powerful for younger people, because younger people are more motivated and can understand better in the experience with media literacy. In addition, media literacy is an essential skill that everyone should know how to access and advocate for changes. Within several months, I learned how to write a rhetorical précis and annotate a text. A rhetorical précis is a useful way to help understand the content of the original text. 1984,is a dystopian novel published by George Orwell. It taught me the dangers of the totalitarian government. The most important lesson I learned from Macbeth is that evilness and deception ruin lives and it makes people negatively. I also learned how to write satire about current events and a series ideas about feminism. This course has several differences than other language arts classes I took before. It focus on the development of researching, writing skills, and informational texts on British and American authors. Schoology is used for assignments, documents, and lesson plans. The course also introduce satire, delivery message tips, and evaluation of a story. In order to make a strong Media Literacy course, the teacher should develop student's think strategies. Students should edit other students writing to provide feedback and evaluation. This can be practical for learning ideas on writing. Students should read more texts that provide important lessons. There will also enhance the understanding of challenging material. Group discussions should be encourage to express peer's thoughts. Providing students useful and interesting assignments promote satisfactory work participation.