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.
News Channels are a well known form of media because they give us new information on a daily basis.
What is Media and Media Literacy
Media is communication and Media Literacy is a technique of communicating.
Internet is the other most used form of communication (Media). People all around are using this to do mostly everything.
What is Media and Media Literacy
24 hours without Social Media?
I failed to stay away from Social Media
Are You Checking for the Truth?
Do I double check?
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 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.
The Third Servile War
Gladiators fighting against the Romans
He was the leader of the gladiators that started the rebellion.
The path of the Gladiators
This map shows the path the gladiators took to fight, in what will be their last fight, against the Romans.
Edward Snowden and Winston/O'Brien
Are Winston or O'Brien like Snowden? Are they different?
Winston vs O'Brien
Who is the victim and who is the villain?
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.
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.
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.