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Shaquille Lee

Media Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read and write. So I would assume that the term Media Literacy is referring to reading and writing involving technology. I believe that media literacy is if someone is able to use today’s technology to read, write, comprehend. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.

Social Media Reflection

Social Media has become the most form of communication in our world today. It has even evolved into something greater than a tool to keep up with old friends. Big Companies are investing billions of dollars into these social networks and using them as platforms to advertise their product. Social networking platforms allow organizations to improve communication and productivity by distributing information among different groups of people in a more efficient manner. The use of social media and networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have become an important part of Americans’ daily lives. Social networking services actually play a vital role for in young people’s lives, to the contrary of many people’s beliefs.

The many uses of our Social Media and networking services are underestimated by most. Social networking services are designed to support users working, thinking and acting together. Social networks encourage discovery. If someone is interested in certain books, bands, recipes or ideas, most likely their interest could be found for by a social networking service or group within a service. Also users can take part in activities and discussions on a site, and upload, modify or create content. This supports creativity and can support discussion.

Superbowl Precis

Mountain Dew, in its 2016 Super Bowl commercial, stirred up much controversy by creating an interesting creature using parts of three things that your average person supposedly loves. The commercials begins with the creature, which is a sick combination of a puppy, a monkey, and a baby, entering a room with three men who look as if they’re calling it a night, but the creature enters carrying Mountain Dew’s new drink, dancing, and bringing life to the room. Mountain Dew is trying to compare they’re drink to a “puppymonkeybaby” because this creature consist of three things that they’re audience are supposed to “love” and their drink is made of three key ingredients that they are trying to promote.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiE9fPampvMAhVCcT4KHW31BwEQyCkIHjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dql7uY36-LwA&usg=AFQjCNEEkZmyzJi5g2paWr9uauM9Y62eFw&bvm=bv.119745492,d.cWw

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

“ I don’t know anything about David Duke.”

i. When and where did he say it?

Trump was being interviewed on February 29, 2016 on CNN’s “State Of The Union”

ii. What’s the whole story?

Trump was asked by the interviewer whether he would disavow David Duke and other white supremacist groups that are supporting his campaign. Trump responded "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," he said. "So I don't know. I don't know -- did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists."

iii. What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

You must know that Trump is receiving major support from the Klu Klux Klan and other White Supremacist groups. You must also know that David Duke was a former Grand Wizard of the KKK. Trump lied in his statement because he knew who david Duke was. He Disavowed him in the Year 2000, because he was in a reform party.

iv. What are your thoughts overall?

I feel like Trump didn’t want to separate himself from the Klansmen because he wanted the votes.


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Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

"Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons because the United States of America" said it would "ensure (its) territorial integrity from Russia."

i. When and where did he say it?

Ted Cruz was being interviewed on CNN’s special “The Final Five” on March 21, 2016.

ii. What’s the whole story?

In response to a question about Trump about United States involvement in Eurpoean Defense. Cruz stated "Ukraine used to be the third-largest nuclear country on the face of the Earth. Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons because the United States of America came in and said if you hand over those nuclear weapons, we will ensure your territorial integrity from Russia. We made a commitment, and then the Obama administration has broken its word."

iii. What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

You must know that this statement is completely false. Ukraine has never turned over nuclear weapons to the the United States.

iv. What are your thoughts overall?

The United States only promised to respect those borders itself, and to go to the United Nations should another power threaten Ukraine with a nuclear attack.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

"Gun violence is by far the leading cause of death for young African American men, outstripping the next nine causes of death combined."

i. When and where did he say it?

This was written by Hillary clinton and posted on Medium on March 15, 2016.

ii. What’s the whole story?

Hillary Clinton was speaking out against Gun violence and stated

"Gun violence is by far the leading cause of death for young African American men, outstripping the next nine causes of death combined." After researching this statement was found to be true.

iii. What must you know about this topic in order to make an informed and full position of your own?

For African American men and boys between the ages of 15 and 24, for the 2014 there were 2,256 gun related deaths.

iv. What are your thoughts overall?

Hillary Clinton stated a fact and this is a problem we need to fix.



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Proles

“They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and, above all, gambling filled up the horizons of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.”

This article does relate to our society today, because there are millions of people who are blind to things that are really going on in our world today. The media can really fool us into thinking anything they want us to think. Even though we have the technology to look up answers and gather information, the internet can also serve a negative, because you can find anything supporting your why your way of thinking is correct. This is why I feel like even though we are getting so technologically advanced we still need books. The internet is full of opinions. To find the truth you will have to dig deep. Proles are a group of people in the novel 1984. But they function with the importance of a single character. In fact, they all around seem like one, collective character because they’re not singled out as individuals. That’s the point of the proles in this novel, they’re just a nameless, mindless mass.There are some people today who are modern day proles. Some people today do not pay attention to politics or vote. We were given the right to vote to make a change in our country and to put power into the people’s hands. But if we ignore the power we were given as the people, the government will began to take over slowly.

http://disinfo.com/2013/02/how-mass-media-manipulates-public-opinion/

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So You Want a Revoltion

The colonial era witnessed two significant slave rebellions. In 1712, twenty-five slaves armed themselves with guns and clubs and set fire to houses on the northern edge of New York City. They killed the first nine whites who arrived on the scene and then were killed or captured by soldiers. A second uprising, Cato’s Conspiracy, originated in Stono, South Carolina, in 1739. England at this time was at war with Spain, and a group of about eighty slaves took up arms and attempted to march to Spanish Florida, where they expected to find refuge. A battle ensued when they were overtaken by armed whites. Forty-four blacks and twenty-one whites were killed. The most celebrated slave rebellion in American history, organized by Nat Turner, took place in Southampton County, Virginia, an area of small farms rather than large plantations. Nat Turner was a slave preacher and he became convinced that he had been chosen by God to lead his people to freedom. In August 1831 Turner and five followers met and, without a plan or a clear objective, launched their rebellion. For twelve hours, they moved from farm to farm, killing every white person they encountered. By the time the militia suppressed the uprising, nearly eighty slaves had joined the rebellion, and sixty whites lay dead. A wave of terror swept over the area. Scores of innocent blacks were murdered by bands of vigilantes. Turner himself escaped, remained at large for several weeks, and was finally captured and executed. In the aftermath of the rebellion, Virginia’s legislature debated proposals for the gradual abolition of slavery as a threat to public order. But in the end, it chose to tighten the slave codes, further limiting blacks’ freedom of movement and making it illegal for black preachers to conduct services without a white being present.

Smore #7

This has been a great English class to finish off high school. It was unlike any other Language Arts class that I have taken over the years. I previously read 1984 in my 10th grade language arts class and I thought that I would end up learning the same thing twice, but the way that you taught it was unlike anything that I've experienced. We got so deep into the book and we began to compare the people of their society to those who are unaware in society. It really opened my eyes. This book was so much deeper than it originally was when I read it in the 10th grade. I also want to thank you and Mrs. Davis for trying your best to keep the class from becoming proles by making us watch CNN student news everyday so that we’re up on current events in our society. When you first gave us the term media literacy I had honestly never heard of it, but it did not take me long to understand what it was. I can say that now that this semester is coming to an end I am more media literate than I was when I first began this course. One thing that I loved about this class was the Socratic seminars that we had. I just loved how we could talk about real world problems and everyone could get their points across even if people disagreed. It was always a comfortable environment. This class was really the opposite of everything that I thought it would be. The only thing that I think would have made this class better is if we had even more socratic seminars. Once again I would like to thank you and Mrs. Davis for dealing with all us and challenging us to think. I will never forget this class.

Smore#8

Our technology obsession has reached another level, and there is no denying it. Everywhere you go people are on their phones while eating, at the movies or at school. People wait in lines at stores for hours even days when their favorite technology invention comes out into the market, and this happens several times in a person’s lifetime.Society and technology these days go hand in hand, and this frenzy is making individuals, especially teenagers, addicted to materialistic things and social media. Although this new crave for technology is baffling to the older generation I do not feel as if technology is ruining friendships. One way that technology is a good thing is it allows people to express themselves and to have their say on things. It also lets you share interests, meet new people, and make friends. Technology doesn’t break friendships, it creates them. The most important reason why I think that technology is a good thing is because you can keep in touch with your family and friends. You can call, text, facetime, skype, you name it. This is why I think technology is a good thing. If anything, it helps people build stronger relationships, and it helps people in many various ways. You can definitely control how much you find yourself on social media. It is fun to do, but I not feel as if people are actually addicted to the point where they couldn’t go without it. Too much of anything is bad and I feel like everyone should practice self control. Technology is wonderful, because it creates friendships and lets you be in contact with the world. I also think that if teens and even some adults would stop abusing the good advantages of the internet, everyone would agree that technology is great. Although technology may have bad things, so does everything else.