Villains? Or Silent Protectors
My overview and summary of Media Literacy
Smore #1 Media Literacy
I believe that the Media is very flawed in its own way. They tell us what they want us to hear whether it is to hide government actions or distract us from certain events. The media is in control of the public; What they see, hear, and are informed of. They choose what to broadcast and not to broadcast. Let me give you an example: Ebola. It came and went within a couple weeks. It was on the news EVEYRWHERE for a week straight and then suddenly everyone stopped talking about it. What were they distracting us from? Now media literacy is a very interesting thing. It is the ability to perform various ways of interacting with the media, whether its print to video to the Internet. Media literacy also includes books, newspapers, radio broadcasts, and many more. What it means to be media literate is that you are able to interact within the media and have a part of a complex system of informing the public of news, sporting events, activities, information, health concerns, etc. To be media literate you must be able top use various forms of media, whether its social media, writing for newspapers or news teams, broadcasting livestream videos on the internet for people to see, etc. Media literate is an important part of our society, it’s a necessity of our culture and way of life. Without media literate people we may not be informed of anything rather than just being informed of what they want us to hear.
Smore #2 V for Vendetta
V’s Speech 2005
In the movie V For Vendetta (2005) James McTeigue’s heroic yet villainy protagonist V broadcasts his own written speech that the citizens have given their “silent, obedient consent” (4) to their corrupt government led by Chancellor Adam Sutler. V says in his speech that “There is something terribly wrong with this country.” (2) he proves this by explaining the course of action up to this point. He says “if you look to the guilty you need only look in a mirror” (3) He asks them “if you see as I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.” (4) He asks for a government takeover, a revolution, against Parliament.
Smore #3 Macbeth
II. In V for Vendetta the dystopian society was the government hiding the population from the truth. Unleashing a disease and then "miraculously" a "miracle" happened and an individual associated with the release of the disease "discovered" the cure for the deadly disease. V found this out because he was apart of the research and escaped. He ended up fighting against the government unwittingly and overcame the government but was killed in the process.