Media Might Be Lying To You

Get educated on media truths and lies

#1 -Literacy is important

Media is forms of communication whether it be via television, social networks, newspaper, or radio. It shares factual information about the world around us, and the personal opinions people have about the topics. Without the media, we would not be informed on current events happening in our world. They educate us on things around the world and in our own country. These communication vessels influence the people and can depict things like something they are not. Media can be depicted in many ways including the intent of harming and the intent of providing useful information. That’s why being media literate helps us analyze, decode, and evaluate media to get the root of the story in our own way. Being able to get something out of information given by the media is one thing, but to get the actual intent of the information is another. Media Literacy helps us deceiver these complex messages that media sends out to us. With this education of media literacy, you are able to engage in critical thinking and thought provoking conversation with others over topics in media. Not being able to contribute to the ongoing conversation of current events can hinder and cause ignorance to grow in our society. Using media to educate ourselves is a way to stay engaged, figure out what the media maker is showing and hiding, and how this news is going to influence our nation or yourself personally.

#2-Change Against Climate Change

My social activism issue was about the pressing issue of climate change in our world. After all my research on the topic, I realized how much we have been pushing this issue into the back corner. Climate change has a potential of hurting us but it will definitely be a strong force to future generations. Climate change is causing for abnormal temperature and weather patterns in our environment, melting our ice caps which end up raising our sea levels little by little. In order to revert back to normal, we must start using energy alternatives instead of fossil fuels. We need to educate not only ourselves but others on the urgent issue that is climate change. I plan to help educate my friends about the effects climate change has on us and show them that this a problem we can no longer shrug off. I will post videos about climate change on social media to also expose others online. I will participate in the Earth Hour to promote climate change with the World Wildlife Foundation. This event encourages people to turn off all their lights the night of March 19 for an hour and use other forms of light. This will promote not using fossil fuels to have a good time. Will also promote climate change and bring more people into the light of truth.

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#4-Advertisement Impacts Society

There is a balanced force between advertisements and society.I believe that advertisement does affect society in a manner that society will change its ways to comply with the expectations advertisements set. But I also believe that society affects advertisements in the same way. Advertisers will see how society is working and if they want to change something within it, then they will make an ad to spark a flame. For example in the past, women in commercials were usually degraded and conveyed as clueless, weak, and unintelligent. This produced the huge movement of feminism, which means both genders would be equal. Advertisers abiding by the movement and not wanting to be bashed by these followers started illustrating woman as superior and that they are capable of much more. This results in the shift of woman in control and the fall of man as the dominant. Men in commercials are now being degraded in the same way women use to be in the past. So advertisers produce ads to please consumers, while consumers influence advertisers on what these commercials should depict.
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#5-Hypocrisy in Advertising

Manipulation in advertising has existed for as long as I can remember, and it’s definitely not going anywhere any time soon. Advertisers will attempt any presentation to help sell their product, even if it goes against certain views. Most commercials with the most hypocrisy nowadays include food, body image, and alcohol. Brands like Coca-Cola and Kellogg are known for their sweet products but while Coca-Cola is trying to fight obesity and Kellogg advertises a healthy breakfast, they both do the opposite of following through with their message. Coca Cola while standing behind the end of obesity is one of the leading contributors to the nation’s obesity. But it doesn’t end in food, once it enters our bodies we see what effect it has on them. Today’s society preaches self-acceptance of one's body image while neglecting some certain body types. For example, Victoria’s Secret launched a new ad called “The Perfect ‘Body’” showing 10 skinny, fit models showing off their underwear. This advertisement caused commotion within students in the UK, because Victoria Secret was portraying the “perfect” body as having tiny tummies, perky breast, and thigh gaps. University students in the UK were demanding that the US company apologize and to fix the wording on their ad. While when Dove launched their “Real Beauty” campaign, they didn’t get much criticism because it showed curvy, photoshop free girls in their ads. But Dove still left out the taller skinnier girls of their ad, which in full circle still excludes certain body types. No matter what any company puts out, criticism and hypocrisy will be found within them, because nothing can be untouched by criticizers.

#6-Should Apple FIx?

I believe that Apple shouldn't have to go against their views of privacy for their customers in order to lock one phone of a dead terrorist. Apple wants the best interest of its consumers and making a program that will be able to open a back door to someone's privacy is not going to look good on the resume. I do feel sympathy for both sides, but Apple losing this fight could lead to problems in the future regarding who hands this program can be accessed by, whether our privacy is protected or not, and what power do we the people have on our government. Apple says that even they don't have access to our Iphones and what is stored inside them so why can't the government just ask someone else to unlock the phone in order to avoid dilemma with the public. People do understand that this phone can possibly give information about terrorist behavior but it is possible that there is nothing big on this phone. The dilemma essentially is we have to risk putting our privacy up for grabs in order to unlock a cell phone that might have useful information on it. So, I’m backing up Apple in this standoff, because i’m sure there is alternatives to unlocking this device other than Apple sacrificing things such as their customers, products, and their beliefs.

#7-Agree or Disagree?

I chose statement number nine stating "Reporters should report their work to government officials so they may determine if it's a threat to the country." to give my opinion on. I would have to disagree with this statement in that the government shouldn't manipulate its people and it shouldn't restrict our 1st amendment for their benefit. The government shouldn't have to hide information in order to keep their trust and support. They should let their people know what is going on inside the country and what is going on around it. Keeping news or restricting what gets out only hinders them because their citizens start questioning the truth of their stories and once that happens they start questioning the government. For example, in V for Vendetta, the citizens are questioning their newscasters and once V speaks out, they realize their own government has been lying entirely to them. It results in chaos and revolt of we can’t trust our government. Using the excuse that it is for our own good is a stupid excuse to not want to spark anything. If you want your people to follow you and support you then you have to be open and honest about government actions. Restricting journalism not only is a step in the wrong direction but it goes against our 1st amendment. The amendment gives us freedom of press and speech and without it then we're controlled robots that obey to the wills and duties of our government. The news should be able to broadcast anything and everything they like as long as it is important for their citizens to know and that it is the truth.

#8-Get it Straight

When you read speeches or watch debates you will see that campaigners will say anything to guarantee a vote or taint their competition. And once you do your research behind their words, you can find that not all that they say is true. The government shouldn't have to hide information in order to keep their trust and support. They should let their people know what is going on inside the country and what is going on around it. Keeping news or restricting what gets out only hinders them because their citizens start questioning the truth of their stories and once that happens they start questioning the government. For example, in V for Vendetta, the citizens are questioning their newscasters and once V speaks out, they realize their own government has been lying entirely to them. It results in chaos and revolt of we can’t trust our government. Using the excuse that it is for our own good is a stupid excuse to not want to spark anything. If you want your people to follow you and support you then you have to be open and honest about government actions. Restricting journalism not only is a step in the wrong direction but it goes against our 1st amendment. The amendment gives us freedom of press and speech and without it then we robots that obey to the wills and duties of our government. The news should be able to broadcast anything and everything they like as long as it is important for their citizens to know and that it is the truth.

#9- Ain't Rebellion Fine

From 1786-87, an uprising of farmers led under the leadership of Daniel Shay in Massachusetts fought against the state government. Farmers in Massachusetts were struck by economic depression, they suffered from high debt as they tried to start new farms in the area. These debt-ridden farmers petitioned the state to print more paper money and start pardoning debts. But Massachusetts government did the opposite and started seizing farms and imprisoning farmers that could not pay off their debts. Settlers and farmers got upset over these conditions and organized a resistance. They held special meetings and protest against the Boston government. But it turned into a revolt when it came under of Daniel Shay. They would protest in front of courts in order to keep councils from meeting and imprisoning more farmers. This lead the Massachusetts governor to form a strong army organized by the state to get rid of this group. The rebellion came apart quickly when faced against the state army. Even though the rebellion was extinguished, the citizens were still unhappy and voted against the governor in the next election. Shay’s rebellion showed the power lurking in the people after the american revolution. National leaders saw this as issue and were compelled to put an end to this kind of rebellion from happening again. It demonstrated that the articles of confederation were weak and they should be revised if they didn’t want another rebellion on their hands.

#10- Government Wins Again

I believe that Winston does not compare to Edward Snowden. They might be similar in that they both disagree with what their government is doing on invading of their citizens, but they differ in that Snowden actually acts upon his thoughts. Snowden works for the government much like Winston does and they both don’t like that they are restricted by their government. Snowden decides to rebel and flies to Hong Kong to expose the NSA for its actions. He shares documents that show the mass surveillance the government has over their citizens. This leads him to be basically banned from the United States. While Snowden sacrifices his life to let the truth out and stand up for what he believes is right, Winston stands down against Big brother. He believes that BB is wrong and doesn’t agree with The Party but he refuses to do anything because he risks losing Julia. He stopped writing in a diary because he was afraid of losing her, so he’s definitely not going to start a rebellion against Big brother. Ideas mean nothing without action behind it. But I do believe that is more similar to Snowden than Winston is. He is the one that initiates anything with Winston and he has the right mind in going against The Party. They both are willing to expose their government to make something better of the future. is more likely to light the first match than because he doesn’t have anything to lose.

#11- Is Tech Heaven?

When Orwell speaks about technology, he argues that it has our growth towards a resilient future. Science and technology progress depends on thinking and brainstorm, but our technology today is keeping us from using our minds. We should be able to possess the knowledge and skill to meet our basic needs to survive, but with modern we no longer need to know how to perform these simple tasks. These chores can now be done by machines which people the trouble of learning skills that used to be deemed as important. Our technology today requires little to no thinking to operate and because of its simple they are being used more often leading us to a world filled with unskilled people led by technology. Technology is also separating us from the natural world by diverting our focus from natural to wonders. The separation is keeping us from admiring mother earth and instead compelling us to seek more technology made objects which as a precedent to a world people addicted to the pleasure of consuming and spending even less time connecting with people and nature. Technology is making it easier for us not to think, which is what Orwell is saying in the passage in 1984. He believes that since the government is controlling the minds of Oceania, by using fear as a tactic, there is no way there will be progress in science and technology. They both require thought, which won't be provided in Oceania because of the lack of. Because of the government control leading our world into a society of gray space, Orwell believes that this world is underdeveloped and will stay that way.

#12- Happiness vs Freedom

I believe that happiness and freedom are words that are linked together hand in hand. Without freedom, you don’t have the control over your choices that can lead to your true happiness. How are you suppose to make the choices you want in life if you’re being restricted or controlled. I don’t think that happiness is possible without the privilege of freedom. I don’t understand

#13 - Gas lighting

Gaslighting is a defense mechanism in order to mentally abuse the victim into doubting his or her own memory even sanity. This technique has become popular to use by politicians and others in high power to manipulate the people under them. It has become easy for them to control the public using gaslighting by using news stations as plugs. News stations have become 24/7 news coverage stations so they are not able to research their stories and verify the truth that lies in the lines. Because of this change, they have no choice but to report whatever is handed to them minutes before they report it. Politicians have learned to use this as a source to change the views of the public. They use the news stations to report stories that shed them in good light and override their own opinions to believe the lies created by said person in power. Politicians today are constantly having negative stories thrown their direction so they have to battle these stories one after another. So they have learned to deny whatever story comes their way if it puts them in the bad light. They will deny and deflect the lies until they are blue in the face even if they are 100% true. The only way to combat gaslighting is to stand your ground and don’t let yourself or your beliefs be shaken. Know your boundaries and cement your beliefs to the ground.

#14 - Can We Auto-correct Humanity?

It is believed that technology and social media has made us less social. Because we are constantly attached to our screens and being consumed by the cyber demons, we are no longer being in the moment. In the film HumanKinda, their main message is that we are no longer human beings but human kinda, and I connect it to this video because we are so kept up with social media and technology in general that moments can’t be enjoyed without reaching for the phone. This unhealthy relationship is disconnecting us from the world and making technological hermits. I believe it is our duty as the generation that grew up with all this around us to learn to be able to cope without it. The only way to keep it from becoming a permanent reality is to learn and practice moderation with our because our issues are worrisome than imagine the generations after us. The generations to come will be even more consumed by technological advances that they may never know what human interaction truly is. The only way I know we can solve this rising issue is by teaching ourselves how to be able to live without the devices, maybe trying technological detoxes and removing them from one's life for a certain amount of time. I want to believe that we can control this problem but not everyone is gonna and not everyone is going to want to pull away from the devices that may bring life to their lives. Without controlling this addiction, our world will no longer have face to face conversations and we will be highly dependent on technology. We need to find the happy medium and be able to enjoy moments without having to record them.