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

I. Macbeth was a flawed hero because, yes he had done courageous things during the war, but once he found out about the prophecy he became selfish and was hungry for the throne. So he killed King Duncan to where he could capture the crown and seize the empire. He started falling when the guilt from the murder started eating away at him. He started to go insane and killed anyone and everyone who was in his way. He fell when he was under the impression that no one could kill him. Macduff ended up taking his head and Malcolm inherited the crown afterwards.

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.

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Smore #4 1984: Winston As An Archetype

Winston exemplifies the work and appearance of an anti-hero by going “against the current” in the book 1984. He decides to start his journey into becoming a part of the Brotherhood, a rebellion against Big Brother. Thinking that he is helpless to evade his doom, Winston allows himself to take unnecessary risks, such as trusting O'Brien and renting the room above Mr. Charrington's shop. Deep down, he knows that these risks will increase his chances of being caught by the Party; he even admits this to O'Brien while in prison. But because he believes that he will be caught no matter what he does, he convinces himself that he must continue to rebel. But Winston is eventually caught in the act, along with Julia. They are taken away to the Ministry of Love. Finally, O'Brien takes Winston to Room 101, the most dreaded room of all in the Ministry of Love, the place where prisoners meet their greatest fear. Winston's greatest fear is rats. O'Brien places over Winston's head a mask made of wire mesh and threatens to open the door to release rats on Winston's face. When Winston screams, "Do it to Julia!" he relinquishes his last vestige of humanity. Winston is a changed man. He sits in the Chestnut Tree Café, watching the telescreens and agonizing over the results of daily battles on the front lines. He has seen Julia again. She, too, is changed, seeming older and less attractive. She admits that she also betrayed him. In the end, there is no doubt, Winston loves Big Brother.