The Age of Social Media
The impact of Social Media on our lives.
Media refers to the various means of communication, whether it be newspapers, television, radio or computers and encompasses two different types of media; social and press. Press media is the section of mass media that focuses on presenting current and relevant news to the public. Social media is the made of online communication channels dedicated to interactions and collaborations. To say that one can only find news on press media and gossip on social media is false, I mean do you know how fast word traveled in the social media networks when Barack Obama became president? I do. Incredibly fast. Now, one who utilizes mass media in order to inform, entertain, collaborate or advertise is said to be media literate. In today’s society one has to be media literate in order to be a thriving member of society. Kids today are playing Angry Birds and Temple Run on technology that was just a dream as little as ten years ago. Teenagers are connected to each other constantly and share pictures and ideas through the use of Instagram and Twitter, while adults watch the news and check on their long distance friends on the computer through the use of Facebook. The person that can utilize this media ultimately has access to the world in the palm of their hand. Media has both a positive and negative impact on society, for we are constantly bombarded with advertisements and news, yet it has made the world a global community and we can only imagine what will happen in the next ten years.
Make Love Not War
In the Super Bowl XLVIII commercial “Axe Peace” (2014), Axe, a national company known for its masculine hygiene products, counsels us to “make love, not war” and in the process strive towards world peace. Axe illustrates these ideas by juxtaposing the perceptions we have in our head about a subject (Vietnam War, WWII) and giving it another viewpoint. Using stereotypes that we already have in place (Middle East and bombs, China and war parades), Axe contrasts our feelings toward the subject in order to make us recognize the stereotypes that we have placed within our own mind and provides an alternate conclusion in place of the one we were certain was going to happen. Axe directed this commercial to men by illustrating how it’s easy to jump to conclusions in a heartwarming and inspirational tone; however by using examples of love Axe makes their commercial inspiring to both genders.
Mon March 24,2014
SUWANEE – Some students at Peachtree Ridge high school are outraged about the proceedings of the NCAA basketball tournament.
As we all know March is a time for spring, flowers and of course college basketball. This year though is different from every other year, simply for the fact that if someone guesses a perfect bracket they get a billion dollars from Warren Buffett.
I mean, no one in the whole history of bracketology has ever gotten a perfect bracket, but enticing people with a billion dollars should change that right? Wrong!
“Man! I missed out on becoming a [bleep] billionaire because Dayton upset Ohio in the first round” says Jamal, a local Peachtree Ridge Student “Oh well; I guess I’ll just make money becoming a rapper.”
We asked some teachers what they thought. “Well, I teach a senior history class, so they aren’t very motivated to begin with, so I just put one of the games on and call it a current event” says Mr. Brunswick “on the plus side, there has been less school shootings nationwide.”
Captivated by his fact, we did some extra research and we found out that yes, he is right.
With so much sadness in the air it was refreshing to see a sophomore girl very cheery. Obviously we had to inquire about her bracket to which she told us, “I am very happy with my bracket, it’s perfect!”
I can speak for everyone around us when she said that, that we were all surprised, if not a little bit angry. When we asked her what was her secret to picking her bracket she replied, “Well I don’t know much about baseball, so I just picket the winners based on who had the best costumes and cutest mascots, plus my five year old sister helped me out.”
One of the biggest themes of the novel is constant surveillance. The people of Oceania couldn't do a thing without the supervision of a telescreen, which made privacy impossible. It was a key factor in Big Brother's plan to have complete and total control of not only the territory, but of the people. Since had knowledge about their subjects they found easier ways to manipulate them.
One of my biggest reaction was that of surprise. It came three times in the novel. The first, when Julia gave Winston the note that she loved him. The second, when O'Brien turned out to be working for the Thought Police. Finally, the third was at the end of the book. I was surprised when Winston kneeled over and let torture break him. I was especially surprised when he betrayed Julia as if she wasn't the best thing that ever happened to him.
The strongest impression made to me by this book was hope. I liked the fact that Winston wanted to be part of the Brotherhood, because he didn't like the world he was living in, so he wanted to change it for the better. I also like the fact that Winston tried to keep the past alive by asking old people their stories and treasuring things from the past. I felt like Winston, could single-handedly change his world for the better with the help of the Brotherhood.
Media Literacy is a class like no other I have ever taken. In my opinion, Media Literacy more of an ethics class that deals with the advancement of social media and the best way to utilize it than a regular English course that teaches one how to analyze a boring text or write a generic paper. Media Literacy has opened my mind of what is happening around the world more than any other class in my whole high school career because it focused on something that was relevant and a big part of any high school student’s life, social media.As a teenager I am constantly on social media sites, whether it is finding the best filter for one of my Instagram pictures or writing a witty comment that is 140 characters or less on Twitter, I am constantly connected to friends, family and even random strangers. Social Media sites are the way I get ninety percent of my news, information and sometimes the latest gossip. In short, it is my and many other teenager’s connection to the world. Media Literacy took that and helped me develop a way to use this technology to better myself and use it less for what it was intended for and more for what it could be used as; a tool for the future and a voice for the mute.
Unlike other classes I will be able to use the material I have learned for years to come because it is something that is relevant and pretty new. I can take this new found knowledge and apply it to my college career and then my professional career in order to improve myself and the community around me. In this class, I have gained knowledge that I can pass on, not only to others, but to future generations because what we learned will be relevant for years to come.