Media All Around Us

Devina Jhala // Ms.Gray - 1st Block

The meaning behind Media and being Media Literate

My definition of the Media is news or apps that help people communicate and understand the world and all the things that are going on around them. When I think of Media, I think about social media and the apps that we use such as: Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, etc. Along with the social apps, another thing that pops into my mind when I think of Media is the news, like CNN. I feel like media is any cellular device that we have/use to do most of our things on. Along with that, media is also paper, such as newspapers and magazines, that shares information with people. I also think that media means talking to others and learning new stuff from one another. In all I think media is communication among people for news and information of things that are important to us on a daily basis. I think that being Media Literate means that you have studied media and all the different forms of it, and now you are pursuing a career in it. It might also mean that a person who is media literate is a writer, and they come up with things/news that they think might be important to let the whole world know about. In other words, they are the ones that bring up new information and present it to people who might be wondering the same things but couldn’t get their word across. So I think that Media is just a way of communication and Media Literate is someone who is a writer or someone who helps the news and other things get across to people.

24 hours without Social Media?

I failed to stay away from Social Media

A task that seems so easy to do in school when you don't have service, can become a challenge the instance you get internet access and your notifications. Social media is everywhere and there is no way of hiding from it because of all the new technology occurring. The challenge of not using social media for 24 hours was very hard, because I was able to go through school without checking my social media, but once I got home, my phone blew up with notifications and by 4 pm I couldn't resist the urge of not checking it. I was constantly thinking about what my friends had sent me, and I kept asking myself if what they sent me was important or not. I couldn't stay in the dark and so I checked all my notifications, and then I found myself going through my feed looking at unnecessary things. That's when I realized that social media is very addictive, it is nothing but a waste of time and it might be a way of communicating with others, but mostly it is something that makes humans unproductive. If social media wasn't as big as it is now, there would still be children outside playing with their bikes or with each other and you would still see a lot of people hanging out other than being at home with their faces in their phones. Social media is very hard to let go of because we always want to know where others are or what they are doing, but the truth is that it is damaging us and it is changing the way we look at things.

Are You Checking for the Truth?

Do I double check?

In this time period we are given so much information on a daily basis, that it has become a natural habit for most of us to read something and not question its credibility. Anything that the internet or social media presents to us is seen as being the truth, which might be a little exaggerated when we don't necessarily agree with it all the way.

I am definitely guilty of easily believing what the internet shows me. Since the internet is filled with so much information, on anyone and anything. I don't doubt how truthful something is that easily, when I really should. The internet seems like the place where all your questions are answered and therefore I don't really question the credibility of the documents and other things I've looked at in the past.

Reading the article on politifact, I've realized that not everything is true. I mean I knew that not EVERYTHING on the internet said the truth and I did have doubts on some things here and there, but for the most part I believed most of the information I read. Now I know that no matter how credible the source might be, it might be a little exaggerated making it not fully true.

I don't recall ever double checking to make sure the truth was being presented. I do recall changing sources when one seemed to be a little phony or not like any usual credible sources, but other than that I don't think I've ever dug deeper into something. After reading the article I know now that I should double check more often. Also, anything I considered credible or anything that seemed to be the truth would then be my conservation starter. I would accept things such as the news or information about new things going on with the earth/and celebrities because those are the main things people talk about and I use these to start conversations because I know that other people also look at similar things.

So in the end I have figured out that no matter how much you believe something to be the truth, it is always a great idea do so some back up researching to make sure that it is really the truth.

Are we the same as the Proles?

There seems to some resemblance between us and the proles.

The passage reflects our society in the way that the ages that we begin doing different things at is pretty similar to that of the proles. We mature at a younger age and we take tough decisions, like marriage, at a young age like the proles. This is the only little similarity that we have with the proles. The bigger picture is that the proles are given some sort of a better "freedom" then the other people because the government wants to insure that they don't think about doing anything against them. Proles are given the ability to watch football, drink beer, have films, and neighborhoods only so that the party can control them. By giving them the things that they like and enjoy, the party can insure that the proles won't really think about taking action against them. For us the difference is that we choose to watch football, drink beer, have films, and neighborhoods because it makes us happy. In this case these items keep both us and the proles happy but we have other options to go to if we want to find happiness somewhere else. The proles are stuck with what they have. We might be similar to them but our motives and thoughts are different. The proles can't really do much thinking to revolt against the government because they aren't so educated, where we can easily protest on anything.

The lifestyle of the proles is very similar to ours, because its the same for us both to work hard, depending on your job, to care for families and to find enjoyment in similar things, but I don't think that social media and other technology are just a way of "controlling" us and keeping us from the bigger issues in our world. We have knowledge of the outside world, we know what goes on, we have people feeding us information about major issues that we are facing or will face, where in the proles case, they are only given information that will make the government look good. Our social media isn't "controlling" us from anything, instead it is helping us see what our world is like and it is helping many of us take action to do the right thing by showing us the truth about things.

In conclusion, the proles and our society might be similar, but the purpose behind the way that they live and the way that we live is very different because they didn't choose to live that way while we can choose how we want to see the world and what to do in this world. The proles might have similar habits and maybe ideas like us when it comes to certain things but other than that we are not in a society similar that of the proles.

Failed Rebellions

The Third Servile War

The Third Servile War was the last of a series of failed slave rebellions against the Roman Republic. What made this rebellion so powerful was the fact that it was made up tons and tons of slaves, which not only included men but also women and some children. This rebellion gained so much popularity amongst the Gladiators (slaves) that it was very large in size (90,000-120,000), which is considered large back in that time period. Another thing that made this war so powerful was the fact that if it were to be successful then it would have stopped the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. The gladiators/slaves were inspired to act in this war because they were motivated to get their freedom back, their homes back, and they wanted revenge. Spartacus, the leader of the war, promised them a place where they can be free and have their own homes, therefore the slaves grew in numbers and began to fight against the people that took away their freedom. Spartacus didn’t really use any techniques to gain more supporters, but the one main thing that he did that really caught the attention of the other gladiators was that he, along with his two main gladiators, won many fights/wars he came across. Since he kept winning a lot of the fights/wars he encountered, the other slaves saw his success and therefore they saw hope in him and they began joining his army.

Edward Snowden and Winston/O'Brien

Are Winston or O'Brien like Snowden? Are they different?

Snowden is definitely more similar to Winston than O'Brien. The are alike in the way that they both have/are going to betray their government to help the regular people that have no idea what the actual truth is. Winston works for the government, and so did Snowden. They both have inside information, that the other people don't, and that's one of the ways the are alike. They both work from within so it is much easier for them to go against the government. Also they both have the same kind of goal in mind when they are planning on revealing what the government is really hiding. They want to help the citizens, the people who don't suspect that the government is wrong. One of the things that differs between these two is the fact that Snowden has a way to back up his actions. He stated in one of the videos that "He has the right to speak the truth, he has the first amendment that guarantees the people a free press for reason". Winston on the other hand has no way of backing up his actions with anything legal, because what he plans on doing is completely against all the laws the party has set up. Another way that they are different is the fact that Winston knows his fate. He knows that after he goes against the government, he is bound to be dead, he knows that after delivering his message to the people he will be vanished. Snowden on the other hand has no idea what his fate is, and he is actually still alive and able to speak up for why he did what he did. Snowden has all the freedom he can get, while Winston barely has any freedom, and he is using that little bit of freedom he has to completely lose any other freedom he might receive.

Winston vs O'Brien

Who is the victim and who is the villain?

Winston is a man who is strongly devoted to holding onto his beliefs and ideas/thoughts. He knows certain truth about the party and life before it came into power, and he isn't easily going to let that be taken away from him. He is determined to not cave in to the torture even though he has begun showing signs of weakness by agreeing to some things that O'Brien wants him to believe. Constant torture and physical pain was hard for him to bare, and going into room 101, where they have your biggest fears, will most likely change Winston. Though he might change, I don't think he will become a villain because I think that he has really strong beliefs that whatever happens in room 101, Winston will be a victim of the government. He might become like the rest of the people, therefore making him a victim of the government.

O'Brien on the other hand is different than Winston. He has betrayed Winston, tortured him, and tried to get him to become one with the government, all because he part of the party. His power of being in control shows that he is a villain of the government because he has done nothing but what the party has told him to do, which is harm Winston. He believes that getting Winston to love Big Brother is the best thing to do, no matter how much he has to torture/hurt Winston. This shows that he is the villain because he is harming people thinking he is doing something good for them.

Reflection One

When I thought about Media Literacy towards the beginning of the course, I thought it as just being about social media and other apps that we get our entertainment and maybe information on things off of. Now, I still do think of media literacy in somewhat of the same way, but I now see the different things that are included in it. Rather than being just about social media, Media literacy has more to do with different techniques in which we show media, for example satire. Satire is a form of media, in the sense that there are different ways you can express satire, exaggeration, role reversal, etc. Using these different forms of satire creates media that we see today. My ideas about media literacy has changed, in the sense that, I know now that there is more to it than social apps. What I learned in this class is how to annotate articles and pieces of readings properly. I also learned how to summarize a piece of literature in four well developed sentences. This class was mostly reading and basic knowledge on how to do things, therefore the things that I learned from it is how to properly write precise paragraphs and sentences, in a way that whatever literature I was describing was plausible for the reader. This class was different than the other language arts classes because in this class we didn’t test much, we wrote less essays but more mini essays, and we talked a lot of what was going on in the world. This class was a social language arts class, in the sense that, we communicated a lot of social matters and things going on in the world and then we wrote precis or smores on those discussions. In other language arts classes all we do is talk about pieces of literature and take tests, but we did the complete opposite in this class. I liked this class as it was, because everything seemed to be dived equally. The units that we were on were equally studied, meaning that we spent a fair amount of time on all the specific components, and that was very important in helping us learn and understand those elements.

Reflection Two

Social Media and Technology has truly taken over our lives in the sense that we are so involved with it that we have become oblivious to what goes on around us. As we are less interconnected with people in real life, we have begun to be less observant of our surroundings. We don’t have the same communication skills as we once had and we are becoming busier with our virtual, non-realistic lives. But it’s never too late to change things, and even though the usage of social media will, most likely, always be used by an abundance of people, we can help change the way people use it or help them see their surroundings differently. In order to make sure that we aren’t permanently disconnected from the world, we can get the government to put laws out that mandate people to take some time off of their busy lives and meet with different people and enjoy each other’s company face to face in nature. This, at first, will seem unfair to those that love their technology, but after several gatherings with other human beings, these technology lovers and many others, will come to realize how great life actually is outside of their phones or computers. This will definitely spark a change in people because they will comprehend the importance of other people and life outside of technology.

Being addicted to social media is definitely a problem that we see occurring more and more amongst many people, but I think that it is something that is controllable. I think that, no one can really put a stop to social media, no matter how hard they try, but you can definitely try and change how often people use social media. You can try and open up a better environment to these addicted people, to show them that life is great outside of social media. By getting families and friends to help and change addicted people’s views of the world, we can definitely control the obsession with social media.

Social Media can be used to do a lot of things, and you can use the power of social media for good instead of becoming a slave to it, by delivering ideas and messages out to the world. This means that, in order to use social media for worthy purposes, people should spread positive ideas and ways to do something that a lot of people believe in. By getting connected with one another on a matter that you agree on, people can use social media to change a lot of things in a helpful way. This is easy said than done, therefore to insure that I don’t become a slave to social media, I might start by posting things and talking about the horrible things going on in the world, and how others, along with myself, can take different small actions to insure that we can eventually help out in a big way.