Now a media literate citizen

by Niki Makarenko

What is Media Literacy and why is it important?

The common belief by a majority of people is that the media is just the news, newspapers, or magazines. However, with the changing times in our country and our generation in general with technology media has become so much bigger. The media has transformed itself into being really anything that involves ways people receive information. The clear example of this expansion is seen in social media. Social media is a great place for news suppliers to get out information fast, easy, and cheap. All they have to do is hire an intern in charge of running there social media accounts and bam there you go. It is so much easier to send people updates on any various things by having access to their most intimate device, their smart phone. The human race as a whole is constantly on their phones, especially in the younger generations, and it is a perfect way for a media source to give out information. Media literacy is very important in today’s world because people need to be conscious of their actions, and how serious they really should take media sources, especially social media. The NSA has access to all of our phones because they have a legal system to set up that defends there right to access cell phones. So, your really have no idea if you’re actually being watched or not. It is important to be media literate because you don’t want to say something that you think as a joke, that an NSA agent finds and takes very seriously. Obviously this is an extreme case, but with all of the information we put out there it could be so easy for someone to gather a profile on us, and that’s scary.

What is Dystopia?

A dystopia is an imagined place or state where everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
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The world today is obsessed with the apocalypse or dooms day. It is clearly seen because there are plenty of books and tv shows about the subject. We are so dumbfounded as to what the future holds that we want to read about what people imagine them to be like, and these are expressed in dystopian literature.The future is such a popular topic in all sorts of media, and it has gained popularity with traditional literature. Teenagers especially are concerned with what the future holds for them, so they want to read about what it could possibly be like. There are also people like the doomsday preppers who are concerned with the future especially after an apocalypse. So, there is a large amount of the population that want to know what the future holds, and a way for them to do this is to read and watch media about dystopias.
Intuit QuickBooks Goldie Blox Super Bowl Commercial 2014

Rhetorical Precis for Intuit QuickBooks Super Bowl Commercial

The creator of this commercial is Intuit QuickBooks which is displaying the Goldie Blox (2014) and in the commercial they suggest that their product is so superior to others that you are going to want to get rid of all of your other toys. They create this idea by getting all of the local young girls to get together (showing bandwagon) and send all of their old toys into outer space, and the underlying message here is that once they get a Goldie Blox toy all of their other toys are obsolete. The purpose of this advertisement is to show that their product is far superior to the other toys girls use in order to blow away the competition (literally). The target market for this advertisement would seem like it would be little girls to the blind eye, but the real market here is their parents because this product is something that girls all love and it is an educational toy; the overall tone is very positive and happy to get everyone watching excited about this innovative product.

Auto-Correct Humanity Response

The world we live in is a very changing and innovative place. Technology seems like it is improving by the second and there is no stopping it. The fact that we spend a total of four years looking at a screen is appalling to think about, but none of us are an exception to that. It is a problem because the idea of a face to face conversation looks like it is going to be the next thing in a long line of extinction from human society.


To ensure that this does not become a permanent reality in today's world we need to stop giving technology to kids at such a young age. Kids are developing mentally with technology because they get iPad's when they are 4, and we are astounded when their social skills are inferior to the norm. We give them technology so young that it is all they know, and I'm sure that the statistic for number of years they spend on a screen is only going to go up. We have all been to a restaurant and seen a family eating dinner, which is a lovely thing, but the two little kids keep screaming and crying to see their parents phones. The parents eventually comply and now a family dinner turns into a meal where two people are actually their while their children are in two separate virtual realities.


Saying that you are addicted to social media may sound ludicrous, but it really is not. If you are like me you check all of your social media everyday when you wake up, periodically throughout the day, and then before you go to bed. I can not deny it, I am addicted. But is there a way to control this addiction? Honestly, I do not think so. With technology only growing and social media expanding daily, there is not way that we can control it. There is always a constant migration of social media users from one service to another. It started with Myspace, then Facebook, then twitter, then Instagram, then Snapchat, then Yik yak, then Periscope and who knows what is next. The implications of this is simple, yet it is very scary. The furthering of the addiction will mean that social skills will become extinct and human interaction will be a thing of the past. It is so much more comfortable to conduct a conversation with somebody when you simply have the option to not reply or leave. Also, you have this false front, the screen, right in front of you that can protect you from who you really may be.


To harness the power of social media and technology and use it for good we need to slow down the innovation and just look around us. Look around and see the high tech world we live in. The transformation of everything has been unbelievable and it has all happened in such a short period of time. If you took an average person from the 1980's and placed them in 2015, they would think that they are in the year 2115 with all these handheld phones, and laptops, and electric sports cars. We need to appreciate what we have and how lucky we are to have the access to the world at our finger tips. If we are able to realize how lucky we are to have this ability, and not abuse it then we will be able to use the technology for good without becoming a slave to it.

Reflection on Media Literacy

My initial thoughts on media literacy was majorly about how news gets spread and how the NSA is always monitoring us. My views have deepened because I had no clue how serious the actions the NSA could take are. After learning about the NSA and Edward Snowden for a while I now have a much better understanding of how it all works and I know how to be cautious and safe while using my phone and other devices. After taking this course I know have a completely different view on the power of social media, the NSA, and especially advertisement and media. I knew that advertising was manipulated, but I never realized to how radical of an extent a magazine advertisement has been edited to catch my eye. This class was far different from any other language arts class I have taken because it focuses on the real world. It focuses on our society and how everything seems to work. In my other language arts classes it was just a cycle of vocabulary then writing then reading. Which we certainly did in here, but never to the extent of extreme boredom I felt in other language arts classes. I liked how everyday we were doing something new and exciting, and it was not just a cycle everyday of the same things. I really liked how we never really had tests, so our assessment grades were projects which were way more relevant to the class than a fifty question multiple choice test on a scan tron. However, if I could have learned about one more thing it would be how to write a college essay. I figured it out on my own, but it would have been nice to have a teachers perspective on the process. I really enjoyed this course, I loved all of the texts we read and the films we watched. It really opened my eyes to the world around me, and I am very thankful for that.