ITS EVEN MORE LIT!!!

Max Bell

What is media lit? #1







Media literacy is the ability to be able to analyze and to be able to view certain things with different point of views. Most commonly in the world we find the media to be things like social network, such as Snap chat, Instagram, Facebook, and of course twitter. People go wrong with viewing the media to be that way with just being the web. The media is also found within television, radio shows, newspapers, billboards, and also music.

On the literacy side, literacy helps out people such as the youth and adults by providing knowledge and developing thinking skills. When you put the two together you start learning about society and how people often portray people to be something that they’re not just by appearance. Everything starts to unfold and you here lies and bias standpoints from all across the place. A perfect example of this is Kim Kardashian and Kanye west drama with the media.

Apparently Kim Kardashian is set to have a second child by her husband Kanye west. There has been ignorant rumors on social media like twitter and Instagram saying that “she’s not pregnant, she’s just doing it for publicity”. With that being out, Kim retaliated by posting her inappropriate picture of her unclothed on Instagram to show that she was for real and not lying. After all it seems as if the media just lie on the people. Now since then, the media is saying that the picture is fake. The media just tell things the wrong way by not telling the story’s correct.

last, on the knowledgeable side; Media literacy requires hand on learning to produce the best results and the most knowledge will be gained from that method. Media literacy empowers people to think deeply about things and be creative with any productions they do, it’s a large variety of messages using image, language, and sound. To apply literacy skills to media and technology messages isn’t always the easiest but once you get the gist, it’s like riding a bike.

smore 2 what can i do?

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

7 February 2016

Smore

I pledge to take a stand for my culture whenever necessary. By this pledge I promise to always be true to myself. I promise to always fight for what I believe in. I promise to not just stand up for my culture but stand up for what’s right. Whenever injustice is happening I will bring it to light using social media. If the things I do upsets someone I will explain why I said what I said and did what I did. Now I’m not saying I’ll be taking on every problem and discussing it. But when it comes a time where something needs to be said I’ll say it! If I see something on social media that’s related to racial profile I will quote retweet it using the hashtag “help end racial profiling”. I pledge to stand up for myself if I’m ever to be harassed about my culture or skin color. I pledge to stand up for others who are being harassed about their culture and skin color (not just black people). I pledge educate others on this issue whenever it occurs. I promise to look at the world equally and treat people the way they need to be treated. We cant change the world unless we change our selves. I promise to

my pledge

Sunday, Feb. 7th, 9pm

This is an online event.

I pledge to take a stand for my culture whenever necessary. By this pledge I promise to always be true to myself. I promise to always fight for what I believe in. I promise to not just stand up for my culture but stand up for what’s right. Whenever injustice is happening I will bring it to light using social media. If the things I do upsets someone I will explain why I said what I said and did what I did. Now I’m not saying I’ll be taking on every problem and discussing it. But when it comes a time where something needs to be said I’ll say it! If I see something on social media that’s related to racial profile I will quote retweet it using the hashtag “help end racial profiling”. I pledge to stand up for myself if I’m ever to be harassed about my culture or skin color. I pledge to stand up for others who are being harassed about their culture and skin color (not just black people). I pledge educate others on this issue whenever it occurs. I promise to look at the world equally and treat people the way they need to be treated. We cant change the world unless we change our selves. I promise to

super bowl precis (smore #3)

In the 2016 super bowl Hyundai commercial “First date”, Hyundai adversities the new highlights of the 2016 Hyundai Genesis soon to be the Genesis G80. Hyundai adversities the blue link car finder that allows you to track your car on a smartwatch. Using Kevin hart as an example of a concerned father for his daughter's first date, he lets the date take his new Hyundai Genesis to keep track of where they are going advertising the blue link to the car. Hyundai main target for this commercial is to draw attention to parents of teenage kids, who might be concerned about where their child may be.

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racial profiling

i chose this picture simply because it gets my point across

How does gender advertising affect society? smore #4

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

10 February 2016

How does gender advertising affect society?

To me there will always be a positive and negative effect on gender advertising. Personally I thinks its funny most of the time. Women tend to get more offended when it comes to things like this just because they are naturally more sensitive. On a positive note gender advertising can inform you about how annoying things you say or do actually are. On a negative note some people may get offended by the advertisement and see the opportunity to attack the media. The media is often blamed for its social network standards. While changes in gender roles over time do affect advertisements, it is more common for the media to instigate the changes in gender roles and affect gender socialization. By having these standards you cause people to change for better or worse. For example people who see a gym commercial and look at the people in the gym bodies and suddenly feel insecure. This insecurity feeling they get can either motivate them to go to the gym or it can make them feel totally worthless. Overall I don’t think gender advertising has a really big effect on society otherwise you’d see people talking about the problem on social media or elsewhere. I think we have bigger society problems.

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smore #5 Media Manipulation

Maxwell Bell

Danley

2nd Block LA

12 February 2016

Smore #5

Advertising can be very hypocritical at times. One of the most hypocritical type of commercials are the alcohol commercials that show partying during the commercial and then flash a “drink responsibly” message afterwards. They promote partying and drinking as much of their alcohol as you can because it makes them money but then they want you to drink responsibly. So really it’s indecisive. They could have a commercial that has people just casually drinking and then says to drink responsibly but the commercials that air currently send opposite messages. Alcohol companies are not the only ones that are responsible for all the hypocrisy in advertising. There are many companies that do this and is a problem. People do not know which side of the advertisement they believe or want to follow because there are multiple messages being conveyed. With the alcohol companies, they show people having fun and partying with their alcohol and then say drink responsibly. The people watching the commercials are usually younger people and they see the two sides of the ad and they want to be like the people partying. This is a major problem in society and companies need to do a better job to avoid the hypocrisy and the multiple message advertising.

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smore#6 Should Apple Fix?

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

22 February 2016

Should apple help the FBI?

If apple were to create a new iPhone operating system, it would basically open a backdoor through security allowing all information from a person's cell phone to be accessed. i thinks this is very unsafe for iPhone users because in this time and day people store loads of information onto their cell phones. This information list form private conversations, music, notes, calendars, contacts, financial info, health data, and even where you've been going and where you're going. This is why I say no, apple should not fix the problem. This “fix” will come along with even more problems. Instead the government should use the All Wrists Act of 1789 to justify an expansion. By doing so this will allow the government to remove security features add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input. That’s less risky than building a new backdoor. I just don’t trust our government with that much power. They could easily search people’s phones without and find what they want and need to know. By letting the FBI obtain a new software to get around fire walls, we leave ourselves vulnerable and our lives no longer private.

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smore #7 1984 Agree or disagree

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

30 March 2016


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.

smore #8 get it straight.

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

March 30, 2016

Politifacts

1. With Obamacare, "You have no options .. you can't get competitive bidding."

Donald Trump on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 in an interview on "Meet the Press"

-When and where did he say it?

Palm Beach, FL (Meet the Press)

-What’s the whole story?

That is Trump really staying true to what he believes or is he changing due to the pressure and the heat coming in? Trump then came back with the mandate and stating that ObamaCare is too expensive and there is no competition and that he is not going to let people who can afford healthcare have to have it, it should be up to them and to those who can’t find different options that they can afford and be able to not die on the streets. He also goes into that’s how Republicans have it wrong is that people don’t have to have healthcare. That we are all people and should have the right. There will be more options and that you shouldn’t have to have healthcare if you don’t want it but can afford it.

-What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

You must know about all the other carriers and what ObamaCare has done for people who don’t have insurance because they can’t afford it or don’t have a job to try and support themselves. You also have to know what each carrier has to offer. You also have to know the numbers and rating of how many people do and don’t have healthcare. Of the said people who don’t have healthcare, who is working and just don’t make enough and those who don’t do anything to try to get to have it. See how society is.

-What are your thoughts overall?

My overall thought is that ObamaCare has been a real harm to the other health carriers such as Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Alflac, Aetna, United Healthcare, AARP, MetLife, and ect. My mom works as an Agent Broker to have people have health insurance and to see how bad that it’s gotten because of ObamaCare isn’t good. There are so many flaws to people having their rates that they used to have due to the rates that ObamaCare has for those who haven’t been able to afford health insurance. I believe that you should be able to have healthcare and be able to decide if you want it or not. It is your life but I do agree if you can’t afford the rates that they have now to have better options but ObamaCare wasn’t the answer. You could make it not as expensive for some of them but these certain types of carriers have been out and available for a very long time. ObamaCare is something that we should get rid of.

2. China is "practicing how to blow up our satellites."

Marco Rubio on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 in a town hall in Manchester, N.H.

-When and where did he say it?

Thursday, February 4, 2016 in a town hall in Manchester, N. H.

-What’s the whole story?

For years, China has been pursuing technologies that can be used to destroy satellites, as well as things that we may need in order to keep moving forward. In fact, the Chinese destroyed one of their own satellites in 2007. It was known internationally and many were condemned they would do that to their own and could do it to other. While the United States and Russia have also been developing similar technologies, and in one case destroyed an actual satellite. However, these are also used as a “dual-use” technology. Therefore, it’s harder to tell what they are planning to do. “Ballistic missiles can destroy satellites – or they can be used legitimately for missile defense. And satellites themselves can be maneuvered to damage or destroy nearby satellites – or they can be maneuvered for repair or refueling.”(Hitchens)

-What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

Do a little research, see what actually happened and why they did it. Find facts. Also, see if the information that you have read is accurate.

-What are your thoughts overall?

I think that what he is saying is something that we should be aware of. For him, to have brought it up, is a reminder that there are still people trying to see how they can overthrow us or harm us in some way. Whether or not, we have done the same, as Russia and China, we should also not take it as something that should be looked over. If we aren’t aware and not alarmed we could go down. I think he did something good about mentioning this issue.

3. "President Obama took more money from Wall Street in the 2008 campaign than anybody ever had."

Hillary Clinton on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 in a Democratic debate in Flint, Mich.

-When and where did she say it?

Sunday, March 6,2016 in a debate in Flint, Michigan

-What’s the whole story?

Adjusting for inflation, Obama garnered about $3 million more than George W. Bush if you look at the broad "finance, insurance and real estate" sector. But using the "securities and investment" category, a tighter measure of Wall Street contributions, Obama clearly set a new record in 2008.Yet that record only lasted four years. Romney upped that ante by $5 million in 2012.

-What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

What the past is, who has been getting the money out and who has been using it, and how they have been using it. Also, see inflation rates over the years.

-What are your thoughts overall?

I think that if this is true, that’s not right and we shouldn’t be taking out that much money for finance, insurance, and real-estate. There is no reason that there should’ve been something bigger than any other president. I agree that it has to get worse before it gets better, however, that doesn’t mean to take out that much when we are still not getting better.

4. "In America, we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs."

Bernie Sanders on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 in a PBS Democratic debate

-When and where did he say it?

Thursday, February 11, 2016 in a PBS Democratic Debate

-What’s the whole story?

When it comes to brand-name drugs, which yield the highest profit for the pharmaceutical industry, studies support his claim. Although not always on a drug-by-drug basis. The differences in price can be dramatic because the U.S. health care system is so splintered, and Medicare is prohibited by law from using its market share to bargain for lower prices. One study comparing the United States and Canada that found exceptions for generic drugs, where the profit margin is much lower and which make up a much smaller share of prescription drug spending.

-What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

You have to know most of the prescriptions that the most people pay for. We also need to see what is causing us to spend the money for said prescriptions. In order, to get a full estimate of what is going on with the U.S. and why prescriptions are the most we pay for then any other country.

-What are your thoughts overall?

I feel that we should be able to not spend so much money on prescriptions but at the same time if we didn’t have the prescriptions we wouldn’t have to be able to have said prescriptions that we need in case something does pop up. In my personal opinion, we take for granted that we have the capabilities to be able to have access to medicine when others may not have access.

-What did you find?

There is a lot that politicians or anyone going into the office will say to get the most popular vote from the people. However, they will most likely say brief or very broad things to be able to say to get the issue at hand and then end up trying to take it another route so they have leeway.

-Why is it important to research the legitimacy of the candidates?

It’s important because you need to know that the person in office will be able to rule this country and not just say something and not state the truth. Once they are in office they can try to do as they please. They try to get us to like them and then once they are given they know that they can do as they please. You have to check what they say to know who the best candidate is and who can actually do as they say they will.

-Do you think most people fact checks their candidates?

I don’t think that most people do a fact check. Most people will probably take their word for it. Unless they know otherwise that they are wrong. I think that people can be lazy and that they choose to have someone run their lives if it seems remotely like the way they think and believe.

-Can we rely on the media to tell us the truth?

Sometimes we can, we just may not get the whole truth. We just may not get all the information that was led in the story that was given. We need to be able to not be so lazy and check what we think is the right response. We need to see that what was said is true and if it is find other sources that can be able to help confirm that they are and reliable.

-What is the problem with not looking up the truth?

People will believe what anything is said if that is the case. We need to be able to have people that can tell the truth and be able to have the trust of the people. Otherwise there will be mass chaos.

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smore #9 Ain't Rebellion Fine

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

12th LA 2nd block

March 26 2016

Smore #9

These rebellions were so powerful because of the amount of effect it left on their countries. The amount of people that were involved in it and if either the military or gunfire was involve in the revolution. In some occasions it was because of the people themselves. In some occasions what one person that was part of the rebellion did. For example Rosa Parks standing up to the white man that wanted her seat that was in the “blacks only” section of the bus. She was only one person and yet she made a big effect on the rebellion for everybody else. It made them want to stand up more and take what was right for a human being no matter what color. Many people are inspired by the act in many ways and for many reasons. Some is because they know the injustice taking place around them and want to stand up in what they believe is right. Others is because they had some sense knocked into them and made them see the wrong in doing the things they were doing. Some techniques used in the rebellions was just plain out speaking in front of an audience. Getting the audience railed up and making them understand the wrong or the right in doing such things. For example Martin Luther King Jr. he just spoke to people and stood up for what he felt and knew was right and that was one of the techniques he used. He was also a non-violence protest kind of person and insisted for his followers to do the same. The type of rebellion a lot of us see today is the Donald Trump rallies. A lot of people who are against him are throwing fights in his rallies and making things a lot more difficult for Trump and his followers. A lot of people are doing this because they believe what Trump says in his speeches

smore #10 Government Wins Again

Maxwell Bell

Danley


2

nd

Block LA


25 March 2016


Smore 10


In 2013, NSA analyst Edward Snowden released classified U.S. Government documents to private reporters from China and England. He fled to Russia after these documents were released and he remains there today on a temporary visa. He had other countries such as Venezuela and Bolivia offer him asylum from the U.S. Government, but he has chosen to stay in Russia for the time being and possibly permanently. Snowden shares some ideas and similarities to the character Winston in the novel 1984. Winston is set on exposing the government for the cover ups and changing history as well as the intense surveillance methods they use. Edward Snowden is somewhat the same. While the U.S. Government is a democracy and not anywhere close to what the Party is in 1984, they still use certain technologies to break the constitutional rights of the citizens with surveillance. Winston and Snowden’s jobs also have similarities. Snowden was a analyst that watched people through different technologies. Winston was in charge of changing history and rewriting what actually happened. The two tasks are not the same, but the basics of it are. They are breaking the rights of their fellow citizens to help the government they are working for. In a Robert Colls article, he says, “Here’s my point: Winston Smith and Edward Snowden are ordinary guys. You might say geeky-ordinary. But they had access to what we do not have access to, and came to believe that the job they were doing was not ordinary but extraordinary, and was not only wrong it was pointless. They did not know why they were doing it, or for whom, other than for security itself” (Colls). I thought this was an interesting comparison because on the surface they are not all that similar but when you look at the tasks they are trying to accomplish you realize that they are somewhat similar.


Happy vs freedom smore #12

Maxwell Bell

Mrs. Danley

2nd block LA

21 April 21, 2016

Happy vs freedom smore #12

I disagree with Winston because with freedom comes happiness and nobody will have happiness if they’re not free. I don’t see the same choice in society today. I feel like the only thing that can stop you from being free today is the government spying. But that’s if you let it bother you, I choose to look away from it. I know I’m being watched but bi don’t let it stop me from being free. The way I feel about it is how my peers feel about it too. I can tell by the things we say, post, and do. But also I do have peers who are very aware that they are being monitored and take safer approaches to the thing they do. I think like Snowden experience exemplifies this because, when people found out the truth from Snowden either they cared or they didn’t. People still take the same approach then as now. With the information given to us by Snowden you can either choose to be a slave in your mind and be scared to be you or you can be bold and just live how you live and be free.

smore 13 gaslighting

Maxwell Bell


Ms. Danley


Media Lit


April 26, 2016


Smore 13


Gaslighting is a tactic used to destabilize your understanding of reality, making you constantly doubt your own experiences. This tactic has become popular because it destabilizes the person you’re arguing with and frustrates them. Gaslighting has become so easy to use against the American public because they are unaware of this tactic. Using this tactic shows off a display of dominance and manipulation that most people see as being charismatic. As an American I believe that people enjoy seeing “charismatic people” because they are entertaining. The American public in opinion thrives off of entertainment. Gaslighting is used all throughout politics today. Now that I know what gaslighting is I noticed that even our own president does it maybe not as many times as Trump but he definitely did do it. In 2012 Obama was having a “private conversation” with Russia’s president saying that he would be willing to hand over our missile defense which was developed over decades, so long as the Russians didn’t act up and give him any trouble before he could safely be reelected. Also Obama stated over 40 times that “ if you like your health care plan then you can keep it” and now we all kno that that’s a lie.


smore 14 Can We Auto correct Humanity

Maxwell Bell


Ms. Danley


Media Lit


May 8, 2016


Can we auto correct humanity?


In the video with Prince Ea’s , he talks about how the world has become so distance from their own minds, and how technology has changed us into different people. He stated, “ that we measure our self-worth by number of followers and likes.” It’s true that we are not healthy with the amount of use of technology in our everyday lives. He also said “we spend years of our life looking down into our phones, that’s about 1460 days.” It’s a big issue, because they say it’s supposed to keep us in touch with people when you can’t physically see them and talk with them in person. It’s becoming the first option and it’s ruining a lot of things like people’s skills. We can make sure this doesn’t become a permanent issue by limiting the amount of time we can be on our phone in a single day. Maybe we can make the battery power smaller, so that phones die and people can get back to real life because it’s passing them by. We can even incorporate daily free time into our lives. We are very addicted to