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Social Media & Media Literacy

Media is one of the most common forms of communication. Through media, we learn to express ourselves: who we are, our thoughts and opinions. There are many different types of media. Two primary categories of media are electronic media and print media. Electronic media includes the internet, radio, and television, while print media includes magazines, newspapers, and books. Because we are living in a technology-based society, it is crucial for everyone to be media literate, especially with electronic media. In my opinion, being “media literate” means that you are able to communicate effectively through common forms of communication. Our generation is growing up with unbelievable advancements in technology. We have access to smart phones, updated computer software, high definition and 3 dimensional televisions. These are just a few to name. So, if we aren’t up to date with the newest technology, we fall behind our peers. Being media literate is not only important in the development of social relationships, but it is also important in the field of education. There are currently schools across the Nation that are using iPads or Kindles instead of textbooks. Even in this class, we are doing a great amount of online work. If anyone is unfamiliar with the technology or programs we use, it is very easy to fall behind on school work. Being media literate is also critical in knowing what is going on around the world. Things like newspapers or television news broadcasts aware us of everyday problems. If we are unaware of these problematic occurrences, we can be easily caught off guard, oblivious to the problems our world is facing.

Andie McGregor


Media Literacy

10 February 2014

Précis #2

In the heart-warming (2014) Super Bowl commercial, “Going All the Way”, Coca-Cola, a world-wide, highly ranked soft drink company, demonstrates that athletes of all ages deserve an opportunity in the big leagues, that they deserve to have a supportive team working with them and behind them at all times. Coca-Cola illuminates this when the coach instructs the boy on the bench to enter the game, while he could have easily ignore him; as the boy picks up the fumbled ball, everyone in the crowd is cheering for him and his teammates are proudly fighting alongside him, assuring that nobody on the opposing team has even the slightest chance of making a tackle. Coca-Cola uses a specific method of advertisement in order to associate the usage of their products with the optimal success of young athletes; for example, at the end of the commercial, after overcoming several obstacles, the boy scores a touchdown and is rewarded with a Coke. Coca-Cola is essentially directing their advertisement toward a younger audience, more specifically young athletes, as the main character in the commercial is a young boy, full of hopes and dreams of achieving his goals of playing football.

Satirical News Story

High School Proposes PDA classes


Andie McGregor

Fri August 22, 2014

PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, SUWANEE (GA) –Teachers at PRHS encourage students to practice PDA as a part of the restructured AKS that will go into effect in the 2014/2015 school year.

Teachers have finally realized the importance of building relationships at PRHS. As a result, they have decided to create a new elective class called PDA-Public Display of Affection- that is a credit required in order to graduate.

All of the students and parents at Peachtree Ridge support this new addition to the curriculum. They find it “a very important skill in life that will actually be beneficial after high school,” unlike majority of the other required courses.

In this class, students will learn the most effective ways to display their affection for their significant others. They will learn the importance of building a strong foundation behind every relationship. Here, they will also learn the proper way to attract as much attention as possible from their peers. Students will be graded based on these main categories. The students and staff members of Peachtree Ridge are really excited about this new addition to the curriculum. They believe they will see a large improvement in accumulative grade point averages.

To get some opinions of the addition of the PDA class, reporters interviewed students at PRHS.

“Oh, I just love walking to class every day. Between transitions, I see couples making out in the corner of the stairwell. My favorite couple is the one who tries to hide behind the vending machines. At least they are doing well in their class. The standard of excellence is very important here at Peachtree Ridge.”

“There’s always this couple that displays major PDA in the cafeteria. I love eating lunch while the couple a few tables down is sharing their food…more like the leftovers stuck in their teeth.”

“PDA is everywhere. I’ve never seen students do their homework assignments as much as they do now.”

Research shows that the PDA classes have been very effective. I recommend that other schools follow in the footsteps of PRHS. They are headed in the right direction.

1984 Reflection

I have yet to finish 1984. After getting through Part 1, and now being a few chapters into Part 2, I have really come to appreciate Orwell’s work. I believe he is a very talented writer, and that some of his predictions written earlier on were very accurate. It has definitely changed my perspective of society today. His goal was to provide a forewarning as to where future governmental control could be heading if things continue to escalate at a quick rate. I do believe his criticisms such as invasion/lack of privacy, thought control, and conformity are problems we are currently facing today, however, not quite as to the extent at which he expresses them. Don’t get me wrong, these issues have potential to reach his expectations in future years to come. Personally, I have enjoyed reading this book. Many of the topics and scenarios that Orwell discusses are very abstract, and it definitely keeps me turning the pages. He has written a very creative story to go along with simple ideas that could be expressed in a much more bland way, just to get the point across. He has also created fictional characters for us to individually connect to in order to understand the depth of his concerns. I think it is brilliant that the story is told by a narrator outside of the story, as opposed to a character in the book. Orwell manages to successfully pull off having the story primarily in Winston’s perspective, through thorough explanation of his thoughts. Overall, I think that the most important message I have taken away from 1984 is to not live in fear of anything. In the book, he is mainly talking about governmental control, but I can use his idea of being fearless in everyday life. If you live in fear, you are always letting someone or something take advantage of you, get the best of you. Of course it is much easier said than done, but we need to face our fears, and not run from them. Most importantly, we can’t live in fear of our government, or else our world has the potential to reach Orwell’s agonizing predictions.

My Reflection

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking media literacy this semester, especially in comparison to a regular language arts class. Overall, I have found it to be much more interesting because its main lessons involve subjects that we students can truly relate to. This is because majority of the topics discussed in this class relate to advancements in the modern world, potential problems that could occur in the future, and how technology is currently affecting the world that we live in. In my opinion, it was much more interesting to learn about media literacy as opposed to other language arts classes that I have taken in the past. Language arts typically isn’t my strongest subject, and I tend to forget things after I learn them and am tested over them. In contrast, I really think that this information we have learned is very useful, and I will continue to carry it with me for the rest of my life. This is because the lessons deal with morals, values, and beliefs, and I can compare and contrast these with my own personal views/opinions. First, I have learned to be very cautious while using any social networking site. Anything you post can be seen by anyone, even if it has previously been deleted. Information can always be found, so it is important that you don't post every little detail about yourself. V for Vendetta and 1984 have taught me that you can’t live in fear of anything, and you don’t have to conform to others’ beliefs. It’s important that you stand up for what YOU believe in. On another note, I believe that this class has strengthened my skills, as I have had to do unfamiliar exercises, such as précis and smores. When you teach this class in future years to come, I think that it would be much better if you don’t split 1984 up over a break or holiday. It would’ve been easier to read all of the book and be tested on it before we went on spring break. I also think that you should read chapter 9 with the class in detail and do a quick summary after each main point. I think it would be more effective than watching the videos you showed us. So far, I have really enjoyed reading Freakonomics, and feel that you should spend more time teaching/reading that! Thanks for a great semester!