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Media vs Media Literacy

I’m sure there are many ways to interpret and define the word media, but in my own words media simply means communication. We communicate through radio, television, and of course internet. It’s a way people share and express information about themselves, a close friend of theirs, or even a complete stranger. Media can be such a positive thing in a lot of cases because you can actually learn so much from it. Television, radio stations, and the internet all consists of the same materials.

News channels, sports channels, animated learning shows for children, history shows, geographic channels, etc. You can search and find just about anything you want on any type of communication device. Luckily in today’s society devices as such are so common, and they will gradually increase as the years go on. This is my interpretation on what I think the true definition of media is in my own words. Media literacy is a totally different subject than just media itself.

Media literacy I feel is being able to analyze or create things in different forms that relate directly to media. I feel like in order to have a job like this would take “thinking outside the box” or basically creativity. Fortunately, there must be a lot of people out there with a mind full of creativity, because you can see and hear forms of media literacy everywhere and anywhere you go. I don’t know much about being media literate, but I did try giving you a little taste of what I think it means in my own words.

Cheerios 2014 Game Day Ad | "Gracie"

Christelyn Karazinin in the commercial, Gracie, asserts a reflection of the constant changing society and population of the United States. Karazinin supports her assertion by illustrating a happy functional interracial family interacting with their young daughter about her soon to be born brother through the use of cheerios. Christelyn Karazinin’s purpose is to show how prideful they are in what they produce in order to focus on breaking through the criticism of the small headed people that seem to have an issue with them advertising their product through an interracial family. Christelyn Karazinin wrote this commercial in an informal yet humorous tone for people to realize that our societies and populations are gradually changing in a new direction, and we as a nation shouldn’t see anything wrong with that.

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Satire News Article

Filmmaker, Tim Burton, speaks out on movie Edward Scissorhands

Darryl Greer, Staff Reporter

Tues March 25, 2014

HOLLYWOOD- Edward Scissorhands filmmaker, Tim Burton, says he created Edward’s character to be an evil villain, though he feels as if he has failed himself and his fans since most spectators felt bad and felt a sense of remorse for the main character towards the end of the movie.

The character he was portraying has deadly razor- sharp blades for fingers, a dead looking complexion, and serious glaring eyes. Nobody really knows where he came from, though they do know he lives in a gothic mansion that sits on the end of the street.

“Seriously, I give up. I know the movie doesn’t have the highest body count, but I did put in a scene where the neighbor lady warns everybody, very clearly and in English, that Edward is straight from hell. Was that scene cut from the TV edit? Because a quarter century after the film’s release, there are still people who, against all logic, feel bad for the knife-handed freak”.

Spies - Coldplay

"Spies" Lyrics

I awake to find no peace of mind
I said, how do you live as a fugitive
Down here where I cannot see so clear
I said, what do I know
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies
They’re all spies

I awake to see that no one is free
We’re all fugitives
Look at the way we live
Down here I cannot sleep from fear no
I said which way do I turn
I forget everything I learned

But the spies came out of the water
But you’re feeling so bad cos you know
But the spies hide out in every corner,
But you can’t touch them no
Cos they’re all spies they’re all spies

And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us
If we don’t hide now
They’re going to catch us where we sleep
And if we don’t hide here
They’re going to find us

And the spies came out of the water
And you’re feeling so good cos you know
That those spies hide out in every corner
They can’t touch you no
Cos they’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies
They’re just spies

1984 Song Reference - Spies by Coldplay

A song that reflects the book by George Orwell, 1984, is the song called Spies by Coldplay. This song is about him feeling that he is constantly being watched and being followed. However, later in the song, it sounds like he betrayed someone or was betrayed by someone. He seems to feel insecure and feels that every move he makes is being watched. This song is about betraying your friends and possibly hanging out with other people that you can't necessarily trust. The meaning behind his song are super similar to the plot and moral of George's book 1984, which is why I felt that it was a pretty complete effort in referencing to the book.

Media Literacy Reflection

Now that the end of the semester is right around the corner, I can actually say that my feeling towards media literacy has shifted just a little. Media is definitely something deeper than people presume it to be. The readings of books and articles have really opened my eyes to realize what media really does to its users. I have learned so many things throughout this course, that have definitely encouraged me to do well heading off to school in August. One thing I can use as a perfect example would be EasyBib, which is an online way to do your citations.

I now understand how to relate to real life occurrences and incorporate it within my writings. Every college student I have talked to told me that annotating will definitely come in handy when reading a book, article, short story, etc. Luckily, I’m able to annotate without any issues now, which now makes writing so much easier. Before I stepped foot into this class and was told by a teacher to write a précis about something I have read, I promise you I would give them the weirdest look of my life. I feel so much more studious now that I know so much more about literacy, it’s great.

No language arts class that I have taken will ever compare to this one. Just based off the simple fact that this class teaches you things based off real life interactions. This class is so easy to relate to. Everyone around us including me is so caught up in the social media phase, that it’s eating at us all and we don’t even take notice of it. What’s easier than learning about something, that we take part of everyday?

To be honest, there’s nothing needed more from this class in the future. This is one class I can actually say taught me things I’ll definitely need for college and about the world we live in today. You’ll never get that from any other class. It’s really the next best thing. I really want to thank Ms. Hicks for being the best Media Literacy teacher there is out there, she has really given me the confidence to exceed next year with my college school work. I’m super excited to say the least!