Am I Proud to be An American?
What the media has done to help and hurt the country
S'more #1 What is Media Literacy?
My Everyday Dose on What's Up
Media Literacy to me is the ability to understand and use different forms of media. I use social media in my everyday life by posting and liking pictures on Instagram, Tweeting on Twitter, and updating my status on Facebook. I see and often use print media in my everyday life as well. I enjoy reading magazines such as vogue because I am interested in the newest trends and Avant Garde models. For school I read many different kinds of books including biographies, novels, and short stories. My parent’s read the newspaper every morning before they go off to work. Broadcasting media is particularly important to me because I love being able to hear and visualize a scenario. In fact, in video broadcasting I learned a lot about this form of media. When watching the news, it keeps you up to date on what’s going on around the world by using video footage. Whenever I am in the car with my mom, she listens to the radio to hear traffic reports. Music, which falls under its own category of media, is used by listening, downloading, and sharing songs. I use music in my life when I have voice lessons, perform in recitals and even when I am just listening to music. Without media literacy, we would live in a world that is unconnected. I never realized how important and crucial it was to me that I have social media until I started naming all the different types I use. After all, the media keeps me up to date on what’s new and that’s what’s up.
Radio is the first form of broadcast media ever invented and is still used today.
Media Literacy Described
The picture shows 26 different words that are examples of forms of media.
Twitter is a social media used primarily for people on their phones.
S'more #2 What Can I Do?
My pledge to sex trafficking is to help out in MY area. I have always had a strong passion for spreading awareness on this topic because one of my best friends was trafficked at a tragically young age. She told me many stories about how it has scarred her for life. I always have listened closely whenever she would cry about how her own mother was her pimp. This made me develop a hatred for the people who would do this to my good friend. So I started researching this topic at the age of 12. I’ve donated a lot of allowance money to organizations such as Street Grace and Slavery No More. My church has a Street Grace program which helps girls to get to know God and have a new beginning. I want to further my knowledge on this topic and continue to help raise awareness by talking about it on social media apps such as twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I also want to get heavily involved in Street Grace by doing presentations and video footage on girls in the Atlanta area who are going through different situations. This being my platform and my passion, I INTEND on making it KNOWN all over the world and I want the numbers to decrease. Being a teenage girl I sympathize for these victims because many of them are my age. If my generation does not minimize the problem who will?
S'more #3 Superbowl Commercial Analysis
Media Literature- 2nd Block
8 February 2016
Precis: Heinz Commercial
Heinz Commercial “Heinz Ketchup Hot Dog” is a heartwarming commercial of wiener dogs dressed as hotdogs running towards people dressed in different types of Heinz ketchup bottles with a slow song playing in the back ground. The purpose of this commercial was to promote Heinz Ketchup in a cheerful way, so when you think “Heinz Ketchup” you think cute puppy dogs running through a field dressed as hotdogs. Heinz advertising used this technique in order to sell their ketchup products by making people think of their ketchup as “Sweet” and “Joyful.” Due to the imagery and tone of this advertisement, Heinz is addressing a family as their target market.
Smore #4 How Does Gender in Advertising Affect Society?
Media Literature- 2nd Block
10 February 2016
S’more #4: Societies Reflection on Advertising
I see advertising as a reflection in society by the way people interact and communicate with one another. The thing I admire about advertising is everyone views it in a different way. Sometimes advertising can be really offensive to certain people. Other times it can persuade a person to buy a product. Ads can also be informative and insightful. Advertising is a strategy that gets mass amounts of people to buy products, so no wonder it’s such a money-spending, money-making business. It reflects societal values; however it does not reflect how real life actually is. It’s a reflection of how society wants to be. That’s how advertising gets people to buy the products. Endearing people into a life they want to have or something that fascinates them from the norm. To me, being the gullible teenager that I am, I want to buy everything I see advertised. I guess that's why teens are the number one target market for advertisers to sell to. On that note, advertising will continue growing with the decades as the target market changes over time. So do they just advertise or are they just adverWISE?
S'more #5 Media Manipulation
7 May 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CCzsEgUcWfU This was an advertisement by Levi’s, a company that sells jeans. The video was about a hamster that died after his wheel broke. The video had nothing to do with the product Levi sells. Lots of advertisements tend to be hypocritical, many because they are trying to get money. Having advertisements that either have nothing to do with the commercial or are hypocritical but are entertaining will entice viewers to buy their products. One example would be beauty product commercials. These commercials show women that look like what people would stereotypically argue is beauty or perfection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFCsgS3qIJk&list=PLf2PDUCw9psSirDBN1LjpW7qrzkdP49-c Commercials such as this show women with different forms of eye makeup. It makes the viewer believe they need to have this specific product in order to be “beautiful.” In reality, many of these models have been photo shopped, and it has taken them hours to look the way they do. The media tells people that these models are what every individual should aspire to be, and forces people to buy things just because they think this is what they will need in order to look pretty. This is a major issue in our society in my opinion, and I think people need to realize that the media is not always right.
S'more #6 Should Apple Fix
7 May 2016
S’more #6 Should Apple Fix?
I understand that we (as American citizens) deserve to have the rights of freedom however, in the San Bernardino Bombers case; terrifying things happened, including many people dying. This makes the question arise: Freedom or security? Two terrorists (in which one was an American citizen), shot and killed 14 people and 22 were seriously injured. The FBI worked with Apple to find out if the men communicated about it through their IPhones. Then the government issued a “backdoor iPhone technique” in which the government would be able to have complete access to any iPhone in the country in order t control and hopefully stop terrorism. However Apple’s argument was that this allows the government to have access to everything and that violates people’s freedom. In my opinion, I want my freedom, however due to this world not being perfect, security has to be enforced. Nothing that I do is scandalous to where I need to hide from the Government. This to me is a matter of life and death. If the government had access to the criminals phones then maybe 14 people wouldn’t have lost their lives that day.
S'more #7 1984: Agree or Disagree?
7 May 2016
I agree with the idea of having cameras in public places. Some people may argue that this invades their privacy; however I believe this secures my safety and will decrease crime rates. The people, who complain about it, typically are guilty of something. If you have nothing to hide, I feel like security should be top priority. In 1984 they have full security from the government. However we live in a society where our personal lives are already reported via Facebook, twitter, snapchat, and other forms of social media. It’s almost like we already have a camera always on us. As long as people keep their personal lives private and the government only puts cameras in public places, I don’t see a problem with having video cameras for surveillance in order to protect the American citizens against crime.
S'more #8 Get It Straight-Polifact
Says “a YouTube video shows Thomas DiMassimo, the man who rushed Trump at an Ohio rally, "dragging the American flag on the ground like it was a piece of garbage."
I. He said this March 13, 2016 in an interview on “Meet the Press”
II. In Dayton, Ohio (at one of Trumps rally’s) a student (Thomas DiMassimo) protested by dragging the American flag on the ground and as a result was arrested for it.
III. You must know the background of the student. He might have a reason for having such disrespect for the flag.
IV. Overall, I agree 100% with Trump on this topic. It’s very unpatriotic and selfish for someone to do that.
Says “Donald Trump has written 10 checks to Hillary Clinton "and four of those checks were not to her Senate campaign. … It was to her presidential campaign."
I. This was said by Ted Cruz March 3,2016 at a Republican presidential debate in Detroit
II. When you look at three of the ten donations were made by his son and only donations were given to her presidential campaign in prior year and they were all refunded by mutual consensus. In fact, only 7 checks were confirmed.
III. You would need to know how to access the donations data base in order to research it.
IV. I think Donald Trump’s generous donations to both democrats and republicans have hurt him, however personally I think it shows generosity for his fellow politicians and he doesn’t completely favor one party.
“Congress will begin its recess "without having allocated one penny" to fight Zika.”
I. This was said by Hillary Clinton Friday, March 18th, 2016 in a post on Medium
II. Hillary was bashing congress for pushing off the funding for Zika, when they could still use leftover money from Ebola.
III. I would need to know the status of Zika funding legislation in congress.
IV. I agree 100% with Hillary on this because I think it is important to kill this virus and research it before it spreads.
“"The Walton family of Walmart ... This one family owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people."
I. Bernie Sanders said this Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in a campaign rally.
II. Bernie talks about the richest family in America when he talks about inequality among paid workers.
III. I would want to know more of the history of the Walton family and how they obtained their fortune.
IV. I think they worked hard for what they have and I don’t think it’s fair to even compare it to the bottom 40% of Americans because it is not fair without analyzing the hard work and sacrifices this family might have gone through.
I found that much of the time media manipulates what politicians really say. This is important to research because you can find out if a politician is exaggerating or lying. No I think most people DO NOT fact check their candidates. We cannot rely on the media to tell us the truth that is why we HAVE to check out the facts. When you do not look up the truth you will believe the medias lies and that how people like Hitler come to power, over desperation and ignorance.
S'more #9 Ain't Rebellion Fine
Rebellions have been a major part of history. They have had a big impact against the unfairness of the government and have also served as a form of protest for civil rights movements for African Americans, Women, Homosexuals, etc. In fact the starting of this country was a rebellion against the British.
People are inspired to act upon rebellions due to being treated unfairly by their governments and people controlling them. It says in the U.S. Constitution that the first amendment is freedom of speech and people have acted upon it throughout history.
Techniques helped the rebellions in the long term “Win”. For example Martin Luther King Jr. used Gandhi’s idea of non-violence protest again the government to show peace in equality. Other rebellions have used war to fight for what they believe in. Others have used protesting such as the women’s suffrage movement.
Some uprisings that I see today are for gay rights, rebellion against political correctness (such as Trumps Campaign), and Rebellion against police due to “police cruelty.” Whether you are for the Rebellion or not, I think it is very important to have a stand against something that you do not believe is right. This prevents the government from having complete power and also prevents corruption by allowing the people to stand for what they believe in. After all, isn’t that why America was formed?
S'more #10 The Government Wins Again
7 May 2016
Winston is very similar to Edward Snowden in the way he “betrays” the government. Snowden released private information about the government similar in the way that Winston believed that the government was a bunch of propaganda. The question is: Was this a good idea? I definitely think that it’s powerful to stand up to the government. When something r someone has that much control over a person or a large group of people, it’s hard to rebel for freedom’s sake. Watching Snowden’s Ted Talk, he still thinks what he did was right. Even though he is in hiding somewhere in Russia (MAJOR betrayal), he still believe the actions he took were what was right for the media and American citizens to be informed about. Winston, after being brutally tortured by O’Brien, changed his belief of the Government. This makes me wonder what the American government might have done to Snowden after he revealed the private information. To me reporting corruption is crucial, especially now that we are about to have a major political election. I’m glad Snowden had the courage to go against power and do such a heroic thing for the American people. It’s uncomfortable to think that history has already repeated itself from the Watergate scandal in the early seventies with the modern-day Benghazi scandal. I’ve also watched the movie Dave, which shows how the government is willing to hide anything from the media. Perhaps this is why such a large number of people are voting for Trump, because he doesn’t seem to hold anything back. Overall I believe Snowden and Winston were very powerful for attempting to exploit the government. Snowden was even more powerful for still reassuring the country that what he did was for the peoples best interest.
S'more #11 Is Technology Really from Heaven?
Media Literature- 2nd Block
8 April 2016
This part of the book fascinates me considering how much it has to do with modern day problems. We tend to focus so much on technology and science we oversee valuable education that was taught in previous generations. For example, history and grammar are not nearly as crucial in public school education. Programs like STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) push the importance of technology and science and undermine a lot of important thing people use to learn in school. If I did not have involved parents, I would not know how to pay bills, how to finance, and other day to day practical life skills. Elementary school is supposed to teach children basics (like addition subtraction, multiplication, etc.), HOWEVER elementary school is to also teach kids how to love learning. Unfortunately one day when I have children, this key factor to the roots of learning will just deteriorate more and more in order to compete with countries such as Korea and China. To me technology is hell. Why am I relying on something that is unreliable? This world won’t know what to do if god-forbid anything was to happen with technology. Call me old-fashioned but I’m against technology but I’m all for advancing science. If we advance science we can learn more about the world and how to make it a better place, however advancing technology will just promote how reliant we are on modern day objectives. I think the book will prove my point valid.
S'more #12 Happiness Vs. Freedom
2nd Block Media Literature
20 April 2016
I agree with Winston’s thoughts. People just want to feel comfortable and content. Freedom is not America’s concern right now. With all of this talk of high security and surveillance (a.k.a Apple vs. Government), how can we have freedom? Freedom of speech is dying away because I feel scrutinized if I want to say what I feel out loud. America almost has to be too politically correct. The thing that scares me is that we will end up in the same situation as the book 1984 here in America. Everyone will be completely “equal” except for those of the government. We will all have to think the same and act the same. If we don’t? Washington D.C. will somehow find punishment. Snowden, for example, released documents revealing our Governments surveillance. I get that we need to be safe from terrorists groups (such as ISIS) which is happiness for our country, but are we ever really happy? My next question is to asks the country and the people who reside are we ever truly free? We need to stop the government or we could be at risk of ending up like the government in the book 1984.
S'more #13 Gas Lighting
1 May 2016
Gas lighting is manipulating someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. People in America have become so unaware to how they are being gas lighted. Many are considered ignorant and they do not look at what the politician is actually saying. That’s why America in the past several elections has been manipulated. The people of America are lazy and just want t listen to what the media has to say and in the long term get corrupted. Politicians all the time are saying things that sound ideal, however don’t stick to their word. For example, many candidates promise to reduce taxes; however don’t follow through and just make it sound like it’s a great idea. The way to stop and end gas lighting is by knowing the facts, and does a lot of research. Propaganda is real, and it’s not fair to be living in a world that you constantly get lied to by the people who are leading the country.
S'more # 14 Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
7 May 2016
The world today in 2016 is completely different from what is what even a few years ago. Technology has taken over our world. Having the latest iPhone or the newest gadget makes a person “cool”, and people no longer communicate with one another face to face, but instead choose to do it over a screen. It may be difficult to stop this from becoming a permanent reality, as more and more new innovations are being created to distance people from actual interactions with one another. To prevent the further spread of this (which is becoming just about completely impossible), people need to begin to stop looking at their screens all the time. Big companies such as Apple and Microsoft are not going to revert back to how things used to be, so it is up to the people themselves to rebel against this new way society approaches technology. Many argue this would be difficult, because social media has become an “addiction” for many people. Personally, I think the addiction to social media is something this more difficult for younger generations. I was born at the very end of the 1990s, and I can still remember a time before had a DVD player, and I did not get my first cell phone until I was 13. While I now use social media all the time, I can remember a time before social media, having to call my friends on our home phone to make plans, and I think that helps me and my generation to not become as permanently addicted as younger generations. I worry that people that have only grown up in a world of social media are not going to know how to interact with one another, which will make their communication skills extremely strained. It would be difficult to try and control their addiction. Many of these kids have cell phone before they leave elementary school, and getting Facebook profiles at as young as 11 or 12 years old. The only viable way these younger generations might be spared from this addiction to social media would be if they became more educated on the history of people and were given required communication skills in the school setting. I could see at some point in the future of the education system an emphasis on history and communication.
At the beginning of the semester, I never really put too much thought into the media and the effect it has had on my life. I have just about every form of social media, but I never thought about the impact these applications has had on me and my generations the past 6 or 7 years most of the main social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) have been in existence. I have learned that these social media forums have really shaped the way my generation approaches the world. This semester, I have learned that the government can be pretty corrupt at times. Despite laws set in place meant to protect the citizens of this nation, we are not always as “free” as the government might want you to believe, and a lot of that stems from social media outlets and how “private” they really are. This class was different from other language arts classes because instead of reading stories about people that reflect historical events, this class focuses on modern events and how the age of technology and the media has shaped my generation and future generations to come. We also talked a lot about politics, which was interesting because it helped us to understand more about the upcoming 2016 presidential election. This class was fascinating and eye opening for me. In the future, I think this class could be enhanced by having more Socratic seminars and to have more class discussions. We are the millennial generation, and we are the people most strongly affected by social media, and I think having a chance to talk about these issues is important. I changed my title from my first Smore in August from, “That’s What’s Up”, to, “Am I proud to be an American?” I chose to do this because of how we learned about the things we do are not as private as we might think, and the government has access to all of our information.