Media Literacy

What is media? What does being “Media Literate” mean? Media is what our people created for all of us to be entertained. I think media is about the world that we see or hear on T.V., the internet and the radio. Also, to find out reports about what tragically happened last Friday or to see what the weather is going to be the day after tomorrow. Most importantly, I think music plays a very important role of media. All of the media that was created had a purpose for everyone, although we may not know it, it’s a part of us now. The media evolves every day and we don’t realize that we become in tune with any sort of media more than anything else. Which is why I think the meaning of being “media literate” is being involved with the world, by just a click of a button. I think that being media literate is having a connection to people by media. For example, our phones that we use to contact loved ones or anybody else you would want to connected to. We are even electronically connected to celebrities, by watching their stand-up comedies, music videos, movies, or shows and more. We may not be face- to-face, but we are indirectly connected through media. Technology has grown efficiently to whereas we can be a follower or be a friend of a celebrity through social media. I also feel that being media literate is how we talk to others over technology, to talk like the majority talks through media. For instance, songs that artists create can have grammar flaws or not such a great vocabulary, but if the song is great that’s all that matters. So, we use the same language as the media is presented and become part of the media language and being known as a media literate.

Coca Cola in the Super Bowl commercial "America the beautiful", (2014) suggests that we are all a union in America. Coca cola expresses their support by having people all over the world sing the song in their foreign language. To acknowledge that we are all beautiful throughout every continent. Coca cola puts emphasis on different cultures as to show admiration to all.

Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial 2014 - America Is Beautiful

HOLLYWOOD- The model, Susan, finally accomplished her goal: to come from a size one to a size negative two! She made the cover on People’s Magazine as a “Perfect, yet interesting, figure.”

Susan has made it on covers of magazines such as; Entertainment, Time Magazine: Susan is disappearing in a blink of an eye!, and many more. Susan even designed a product after herself, an hourglass as her body.

Susan gives her fans her secrets on how to get the figure of a straw. “All you gotta do to stay motivated is, look at the mirror and think to yourself that your body is not skinny enough to be seen on an anorexia billboard .”

“After you do that, all you have to do is not eat for about one year, if you’re strong enough.” That is, if Susan can do that herself, she nearly blends with the desert’s flimsy trees.

Starving may not be the best option, actually it shouldn’t be an option. Fit and skinny are two different things, meaning that you can have a different body type apart from someone else and be fit. Skinny, however, is meaning you don’t carry fat or other important nutrients. For example, Angelina Jolie is probably begging for food from what she looks like.

Anorexia has been a horrid disorder to majority females and is still continuing. Mostly, teenage girls read magazines and see a beautiful, flawless model. They then look at themselves in the mirror and think that they should look like model on Cover Girl. If those young girls only knew that the model shown in that magazine has as many flaws as the girls looking at the model.

Susan finishes her interview with this amazingly wise quote, “Don’t let anybody tell you how you look… because they are probably lying.” We don’t see Susan stopping her “diet” anytime soon.

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Marriage is marked as the most miserable moment in society. May I mention that marriage is the most memorable moment. Majority of people don't mind this commitment as magnificent and marvelous. They make it out as a mistake, but should be faithful that their mate is mad for them no matter what, even through the misfortune. I want to conclude this by saying; marriage must be valued and meaningful not misprized.
During the Civil War (1861-65) Abraham Lincoln had led the slaves from the south to go to the north, through the Underground Railroad. This happened in 1862 and met a loyal friend along the way her name was Harriet Tubman. She was a slave herself who wanted to take action in escaping from her horrid masters. Tubman didn’t want to leave her family and friends behind, so instead she stayed. However, Lincoln knew that the slaves were running away to join him and his army as an ally, and since he acknowledged that he went to save slaves so he can have an abundant of allies. He went to the south with a couple of his horsemen and searched for someone who would be willing to help lead the slaves to freedom, but he was ambushed by a few southerners and was left helpless his horsemen were deceased. Lincoln was found by kind white woman who cared for him late night in her home and there he met Tubman. He and Tubman became partners and planned to free the slaves. Two nights after their discussion they gathered all her fellow friends and family to reveal their plan to the slaves. They all gathered their necessities to get ready for the run, that is when the Underground Railroad was discovered. The white woman led them to the shortcut and helped Tubman and Lincoln get everyone in safely. During the exhausting trip, a few slaves were too old and children were too sick practically left dead in the end. This was a drastic, mournful, and tragic movement. However, Tubman still had hope that majority of everyone will make it to the free world and had an iron heart to strive forward. Lincoln had finally completed his mission to bring the slaves to a worry-free environment and signed the Emancipation Proclamation. After doing such a great deed he was determined to go back and bring more slaves to a civilized area, he made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 500 slaves to freedom. When the Civil War ended more slaves were freed to live the lives they were never able to enjoy in the early life. Lincoln was seen as the glorified and most respected president help leading the slaves home. Harriet Tubman joined antislavery communities and during the Civil War Tubman worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy. She bravely saved a fugitive slave who had been captured in Troy, New York. Tubman was known as a brave and intelligent woman who helped Lincoln make great history, giving her heart to anyone who chooses to take it. Tubman tragically died in 1913 where she lived in Auburn, New York. Her name lives in people’s hearts and including her own family and most of all Lincoln’s. Her children pass on her beliefs and practices on how to bring everyone, of different color, together. Lincoln leaves his footsteps behind, and is assassinated on April 15, 1865.
The reason I proposed this history to be rewritten, was because I feel that this little twisted lie would change everything, how people thought about Abraham Lincoln. He was known as being civilized to the slaves, but he still had some of his own. So, for this to be changed it would make people wonder that he is greater than he is known now in American History.

Theme Song of 1984

Mad World - Gary Jules

Same Faces Same Places

I chose the song Mad World, by Gary Jules, because it talks about how everyone is completely the same and are living in an infinitive circle every single day. In the lyrics of the song it says, “All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces. Bright and early for their daily races…” In 1984 Winston describes how the citizens of Oceania look every morning and night. He describes the routines that are performed by the people of Big Brother and how he analyzes the living, he makes an illusion of the day constantly being seen as a black and white scene. The song’s melody also has a sorrowful tune that fits the description of 1984 to which is one of the reasons of why this song was chosen for the 1984’s theme song. Jules’s song is brought to life in our modern society now and when you listen to it, you realize that, that part of our world is exactly how it is in the lyrics. In the song it also says, “Their tears are filling up their glasses. No expression, no expression” In the book everyone is required not to have any human characteristics, for example feelings, and people on the inside cry, but instead they have no expression.


All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world ... mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world

Class Reflection

This last semester I enjoyed it, because it was different from the other language arts classes I’ve had. The other ones from the past 3 years were about reading, grammar, and writing, but learning to look deeper and find answers. This class was more focused about the world we’re about to be released to and learning to always have an open mind, because the world doesn’t revolve around you, you revolve around it and mold the world based on your actions. I learned that this world is not at all merciful on anyone, because they are so many of us that we make the reality we are afraid of. However, you can make the choice to be successful or a failure, you can play with life, but cautiously. What I’m definitely going to take out of this class is that sometimes people in the world are more unfortunate than others, and that we can make a change to that person’s life slowly, but surely. It would be cool to do more of a hands-on experience when you're teaching a lesson, for example, if you are teaching the lesson of advertisements, you can have the class make their advertisements the best they can. So, that way you take the class on a field trip to a market or some sort and have them try to sell their product. Then come back to class and see why or why not their product was sold. I, personally, was pleased with this class, because it opened my eyes to situations and had my mind think more in depth about life as well. However, I apologize for my classmate’s ignorance, but I also learned from them that it is their choice to not take the advice and keep it. I appreciate your time that you use on us, because you could do a different career if you wanted.