Media Literacy Journals

Christine Kim

Journal #1 - Media

It’s there to keep you updated, social, and aware of what’s going on around the world. Whether it’s the latest gossip or the most shocking news feed, media is used for inform people about current events. The media is controlled by people and shown through society’s TV screens, computers, and cellular devices. Media has two different sides: the good, and educated side and the keen, deceiving side. The bad side of media can show sexism, fat shaming, slut shaming, and much more. This can cause low esteem towards society and pressure them to be perfect and flawless like the girls on the front cover page of Vogue. On the other hand, well educated people use media as an advantage to spread awareness. For example, the Mike Brown case would’ve been ignored if it weren’t for the media to show the harsh police brutality that black people had deal with. Because of this output, citizens have been supporting black communities all over the United States by putting strong statements like the “Black Lives Matter” statement. Overall, the press, the people, and the celebrities wouldn’t tie us together in one mass communication if it weren’t for the media.

The daily reports that you read and hear would be nothing if it weren’t for the media literates. Writing down ideas, absorbing the information, and exploiting the announcement to the world, these people are writers who tell the news to the media. To be a media literate, you must always keep writing and researching for your people. Society is counting on media literates to think of something new to scribble down for the tomorrow’s news, while we throw away yesterday’s paper like useless information. We depend on them constantly because they have the complexity and knowledge to understand how the media works. In the end, it all narrows down to a group of literates to open the doors of publishing.

Journal #2 - What role social media plays in my daily life

Social media plays a huge role in our daily lives, particularly more sociable kids, but it still affects everyone’s life. It can express the world who you are, where you come from, what kind of person you are, which can introduce you to new friends. But personally, social media plays more of a negative role upon society because it can lead to Internet addiction, low self-esteem, and even depression. When people look at other people’s profiles, all they see is the positive, bright sides that person’s life, which can make other people feel bad about themselves and start comparing their life. Although, we still need a little social media to stay in touch with friends or even stalk your crush’s profiles.
I have to admit; I’m a little addicted to social media myself. Mostly because of a social media website called Tumblr, a blogging network. It is the only social media where I can be myself and surround myself with what I find interesting humorous, and pleasing. Unlike Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, I can just blog away the pain whenever I’m in a state of loneliness or sadness, and the best part is: no one can judge. I tend to feel ashamed and embarrassed whenever acquaintances or friends discover some of my deepest feelings and secrets that I share on my blog, which can lead to misunderstandings and awkwardness, but it still doesn’t stop me from writing about who I am.
I thought about how long I can go in the challenge, but I completely forgot and broke the challenge within the first 10 minutes. And besides, I knew I couldn’t resist the urge to stay off from Tumblr and Snapchat, its literary part of who I am and what I’ve become.

Journal #3 - Sex, Stereotypes, and Beauty

I have given thought towards society's standard of beauty many times before. It’s absolutely everywhere, from billboards to children’s books. It’s very difficult to replicate the big, blue eyes, flawless skin, long legs, uptight butt, and full lips. Sometimes, I feel insecure about myself and hope that someday I will turn out to be beautiful like Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez. But I know that day will never come, unless I get plastic surgery, and that's highly unlikely. Society tends to be very picky and shallow when it comes to appearances. It's gotten so out of hand that there's even a "pretty privilege". People will offer to do more favors, assistance, and attention to people who are consider to be pretty. Even when couples break up and find someone new, the first question the Ex will ask is, "Is she or he hotter than me?" On ads, you'll see flawless, beautiful models, but you never see average looking models. In Korea, plastic surgery is a must, and Korean graduate will receive plastic surgery as a gift from their parents. Overall, although I and everyone else in the world are pressured into looking good like the models on the cover of the magazine, we still need to love our bodies. If the ads and TV shows offered more of a variety of people with different bodies, ethnicity, and genders, then everyone will be more satisfied of who they are. Society needs to gain self-confidence so that nothing will ever bring out self-esteem down.

Journal #4 - Presidential Fact Checking

On February 29, 2016, Donald Trump mentions in an interview that he doesn’t know David Duke, a KKK member. In the CNN politic news, it says, “Donald Trump is trying to clean up a racially charged controversy Monday after he refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke over the weekend (Bradner).” It figures that the CNN news was correct according to politifact. Politifact detected Trump’s statement about ignorance of David Duke as false. Trump is bluntly lying that he has no acknowledge of David Duke, and he’s secretly hiding that he’s a hatemonger. Researching if statements are a fact or a rumor is a big deal in our society. We must inform citizens with the correct information in order to educate, expand, and learn each other. If we spread out false information, then it can lead to misinterpretations and confusions. In order to prevent this misleading knowledge, we must research several sources and cite them properly before handing it around to other people. Checking rumors and political statements are a priority because it will reflect back to us and how it will affect our country. People do not want to follow a leader who doesn’t keep their word or manipulate their citizens with their twisted words. Overall, truths must be revealed, especially Trump’s proclamation.

Bradner, Eric. "Donald Trump Stumbles on David Duke, KKK." CNN. Cable News
Network, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2016.

Qiu, Linda. "Donald Trump's Absurd Claim That He Knows Nothing about Former KKK Leader David Duke." @politifact. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2016.

Journal #5 - Iranian Revolution

What makes this rebellion so powerful?

It overthrew a longstanding government and leader that had a lot more money, power, training, and experience. The Iranian rebels overthrew a Monarchy headed by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and replaced it with the Islamic Republic headed by Ayatollah Khomeini . They replaced a monarchy with a theocracy based on Islam. They did not have any of the usual reasons for a revolution but they replaced their leader with a religious scholar anyway. Iran decided to use Islam to guide the country.

Why is it that people were inspired to act in the first place?

The shah who was leading the country before the revolution was becoming more accepting of westernized beliefs and was letting the country become more like the U.S. The people believed he was being controlled by the U.S. and/or Europe and Iran was straying from Shia Islamic beliefs. When Khomeini showed up the people rallied around him with his strong Islamic beliefs and plans and with a large following had enough momentum to overthrow the government.

What techniques did the activists use to gain supports in the movement?
In order to spread the word and gain supporters, the rebellious Iranians used different techniques to overcome the monarchy. Unarmed tactics were used like strikes, boycotts, demonstrations to lure in ordinary citizens into activists. One of their first initiatives was to send protesters to win over the troops rather than using violent acts. Another method Ayatollah used to gain followers were these audio cassette tapes of his speech that mentioned the power of unarmed resistance and covert routines.

Zunes, Stephen.

"The Iranian Revolution (1977-1979)." Movements and Campaigns. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.

Journal #6 - 1984

In the book 1984 by George Orwell, the main protagonist named Winston is being tortured by man named O'Brien. O'Brian is a part of the the Party and works for Big Brother. In my stand, O'Brien is viewed as a villain because he is responsible for putting Winston through horrible actions. At first, O'Brien is viewed as an antagonist because he deceives Winston and Julia by making broken promises with them to overcome the party and turning them into the party instead. O'Brien can turn down the Party's order if he wanted to, but instead he continued to tortured Winston. " […] in the end we broke them down. I took part in their interrogation myself. I saw them gradually worn down, whimpering, groveling, weeping – and in the end it was not with pain or fear, only with penitence. By the time we had finished with them they were only the shells of men. There was nothing left in them except sorrow for what they had done, and love of Big Brother. It was touching to see how they loved him. They begged to be shot quickly, so that they could die while their minds were still clean." (3.2.105, O’Brien) This scene represents when the Party and O'Brien ends up torturing people in order to convert them to their ideal ways. There isn't any other option for the rebels and instead they must limit their freedom to the Party's strict rules. In the end, O'Brien is still viewed as a villain because of his unjust morals forcing many people to obey Big Brother.

Journal #7 - Reflection

During my last semester of high school, I've learned a lot of media literacy in my language arts class. Looking back to my first smore that I wrote, even though I've learned new things, my views haven't altered much. Rather than changing my views, I feel as if my views deepened with knowledge because of the CNN Student News I watch every weekday. I understand the meaning of terms and vocabulary; I also know more about certain events that occurred from all the researching that I've done while doing my smores. I've learned that. I’m taking some new techniques with me to college such as writing a precis and understanding media literacy topics and terms. This class feels a lot different than my junior language arts class because my junior language arts class has timed writings. We read difficult books and took actually tests, which I had to wing it because I didn't know anything. This class felt moderately fair, not too hard not too easy. The assignments were straight forward, and there were enough assignments to boost everyone’s grade up. Usually I would hate my language arts class, but this is was pretty ok to me. I have nothing to criticize or complain about the classroom tactics. I feel as though everything went smooth and easy. But if I were to change one thing then it would be the precis. I do not like the precis because I hate writing in general. I also would like for some more reading time during class whenever there is a reading assignment. Also, during the socratic seminars, I want the large group be broken down to two smaller groups. Having smaller groups will be less stressful for the students, especially the shy and anxious students. It will allow them to have the chance to speak during the seminar since a handful of students will talk over the other students.

Journal #8 - Prince Ea's Message

In Prince Ea's message in "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity", it speaks a strong message towards society who is glued onto their smart phones. We can ensure that this doesn't become a reality by not being on our phone all day and rather be spending some of our spare time with friends and family. I feel as if people can take each other for granted and not appreciate each other to the fullest. We are blind to see the kind actions people do for each other, and then we revert to our phones and ignore one another. We would occasionally thank our friends and family on social media than in person. Every addiction can be controlled. It is totally possible to end phone addiction. We can overcome this by taking baby steps. We can install app blockers or delete social media apps, so it can prevent us from logging onto the virtual, social world. We can ask our family members or close friends to watch over them if we ever pick up our phone. If we’re on social media, then that person can stop us from using it any further. Although social media can be addicting, we can use it appropriately and spread the goodness in us. I am going to use it for myself rather than for impressing other people. I will not care for the amount of likes or shares I get, but I will only care about my own post itself. For example, I have my own blog, and I share a piece of my personal life to the Internet world. Although it will be nice to get likes and shares, the reason why I post is because I do it for my own enjoyment out of blogging and sharing who I am to the world. We can also harness the power of social media by uploading cute cat videos.