We MUST Change the World

Abe Cheung

Smore #1

How is Media seen today?

Media is the news and form of getting information to the general population or a specific population. It is also known to be the medium of getting information out to people which can be but not limited to newspapers, news channel, internet, television, and radios. Media could be given to us either free or through a “premium” subscription with our cable or internet providers. To be media literate in my understanding is to understand what the mediums of media are trying to convey to you and insure that you as an everyday citizen, human-being get your news in a broadway (newspaper, radio, television) to learn what is happening globally or domestically. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. 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. People make a lot of connections between certain mediums of media without even thinking about how it's conveyed, but it is passed along subtly without the reader knowing or reacting in a harmful way. The companies that communicate this information have done it for so long that the companies have it to a since on how you see advertising, commercials, shows, and even movies! They study the analytics of how an everyday consumer interacts with the media and learn how to improve it or learn what went wrong that the person does not understand it clearly. Companies use surveys to get people to write feedback without ever having to pay a hefty price.

S'more #2

Too much cheese for the train??

The Southeastern Railway Museum promotes the safety for people to stay off the tracks when taking pictures. I currently volunteer every weekend educating photographers, parents, students, and filmmakers to use alternative backgrounds like railroad museums. Railroad museums are more than welcome to allow photographers to use the tracks that are used for static display. The tracks at a museum are inactive and safer than the mainline rails that consist with daily rail traffic. The risks are real and can never be put away. A train heading 65 mph in a 70 mph zone cannot stop or swerve in time to avoid a photo shoot, film, or pedestrian. Many rail corporations ask for photographers and film crews to use railway museums that offer a better scenery and safer environment. A non-profit organization by the name of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. has worked with many corporations, photography, and museums to promote the safety of others and stop those from using the mainline. Within the last 2 years there has been 915 deaths in the United States from people trespassing on the railroad property. Those deaths are real. but could have been prevented easily with common sense. Rail crews are severely traumatized after hitting a person or a vehicle with a family as the survival chances are slim to none. The crews feel helpless and cannot deboard the trains to help them as it is not allowed in the rules until the proper authorities have arrived.
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Superbowl 50 Commercial: Audi R8 "The Commander"

The Superbowl is celebrating 50 years of NFL championships between 2 teams. One of the famous car makers, Audi, decided to roll the dices on a $5 million commercial. This year they are advertising their newest Audi R8 with David Bowie's “Starman” playing through the commercial. The commercial depicts a retired astronaut mourning the loss of his life’s passion: traveling through space. The man, now mature in age, sits emotionless in his living room and is too depressed to eat his dinner. He’s surrounded by keepsakes of his career and is absorbed in his memories. When his son arrives for a visit, the man sees his father in this apathetic state and tells him, “Ok Commander, come with me.” Father and son walk slowly toward the Audi R8 parked in the driveway, and our former astronaut’s interest grows. There’s a glint in his eye. Audi juxtaposes imagery of the man’s memories to him experiencing the Audi for the first time. The countdown, the turning of knobs, the ignition, the rush of speed: the man’s current and younger self are both smiling now. It’s a very touching moment sure to strike a chord with many viewers. This Audi commercial is an earnest, poignant look at father-son relationships and themes of yearning, loss, and revival.

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Commercials Powers!

Advertising is the mostly debated topic now. Like every other thing it has also some positive as well some negative points. If it has some positive aspect of social and economical impact on society then it do have some negative impact also. Advertising a public welfare program has positive social impact whereas exposing woman in an advertisement has negative impact on society. There are also various blames that advertising is causing negative social impact on lives. It plays with the emotions of public and encourages them to think that buying and depleting are the activities of life. Advertising posters of modern films, where sexuality is shown much than the actual theme of the movie, can divert the society a lot. Society is becoming ignorant towards social or world issues because we are too obsessed to satisfy our newly created needs. We are starving for material goals, because we always just want to have more. Advertising promotes values that are directly opposed to human well being, environmental sustainability and a fair society. It ought to be considered a detrimental influence, and regulated accordingly. Advertising also impact values, while it reflects society to a certain degree, it also has the effect of ‘normalizing’ values or behaviors. With the average American exposed to between 500 and 1,000 commercial messages a day, it wields considerable power over what we consider normal.
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How do we get screwed over by banks!?!

Habitat of Humanity is sponsored by Wells Fargo, which is hypocritical due to the fact that they foreclose homes left and right. If Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to building “simple, decent, affordable housing,” wanted to build a house for every family kicked out of theirs due to foreclosure, they would have to build fast. Between 2007 and early 2012, about 4 million families lost their homes to foreclosure and in April it was estimated that around 9.5 million homes are at risk for default. A lot of corrupt banks, but especially Wells Fargo, the nation's largest mortgage servicer. Wells Fargo has continuously participated in fraudulent procedures that have resulted in thousands of people being illegally forced out of their homes. The corporation has practices robo-signing, a process in which foreclosures are approved without properly reviewing cases and then fabricating documents in court, as well as dual tracking, which offers homeowners loan modifications while simultaneously pushing them toward foreclosure. Recently, Wells Fargo was even caught targeting minority groups and just recently paid a $175 million settlement of mortgage discrimination complaints for steering African American and Latino mortgage borrowers into subprime loans with higher rates and fees.

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What should Apple do?

Apple should not allow the FBI to abuse them into getting around the device’s security. The issue is that the government already has plenty of access to people’s lives through the “Patriot Act” which allows the National Security Agency access to phone calls, emails, text messages and the whole nine yards. Apple has every right to protect the identity and content on the phones’ regardless on what it may contain. Backdoors to software should be considered illegal and morally wrong as it allows government, hackers, or criminals to bypass a devices security without the individual acknowledging to the breach. Even with clear intentions that it is to be used for this case, San Bernardino Case, there are tremendous amount of risk associated with a backdoor software. Apple released a message to their customers, reassuring them that a backdoor software will not be created and that the company gives no sympathy for terrorists. There are certain limits that the federal government can abuse a corporation and asking for a backdoor to a secure software is overstepping boundaries into the consumer’s privacy.

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Smore #7

What are we allowed to do?

“To assure our country’s freedom, the government should be able to spy on its citizen” is critically a violation of the citizen’s natural rights. If the government is doubtful of its citizen, then it can launch a lengthy and unnecessary investigation into the person’s life. There should be no other means of spying, wiretapping, or surveillance without probable cause or a warrant to investigate further. Currently the biggest case is National Security Agency (NSA) and the Patriot Act of 2001 are looking into citizen’s emails, texts, phone calls, and internet searches looking for a “probable cause” to subpoena and create a case/profile against the citizen. On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA Patriot Act's: roving wiretaps, searches of business records, and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves"—individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups. Suspecting someone without hard evidence or “probable cause” is always the worst case for the United States District Attorney because, it creates a lot of “what if” situations before they even happen and make it ten times harder to prosecute the case. Due to its controversial nature, a number of bills—none of which were passed—were proposed to amend the USA PATRIOT Act. These included the Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act, the Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act, and the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE).
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Smore 8

Politifacts are correct?

The candidates tend to lie and tell the truth so that the media may catch their errors and publicize their name or brand. Those who tell the truth obviously don’t get the attention. It is important to research the candidates because some may lie just to get your attention and sugar coat everything cause it sounds like a great deal! But certain politicians will sugar coat everything to make you agree with them and then change everything when they are in office. A politician that should not be voted in for lying is Hillary Clinton. Disposing of emails on a private server that is said to be unrecoverable. Most people do not fact check their candidates because they are blind. They don’t want to expose their candidates and see what their actual plans are. The media are the devils themselves. They twist every word to make their story sound interesting and make their ratings go up. The media in all honesty kills. They publicize all on the bad stuff and never the good, but when the good comes around it is very little known. The problem with not looking up the truth can be a disaster. Believing what any candidate says may be as bad as listening to a clown talk about financing, it just doesn’t work.
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Uprising in G-20 Summit

The 2009 G-20 London summit protests occurred in the days around the G-20 summit on 2 April 2009, which was the focus of protests from a number of groups over various long-standing and topical issues. These ranged from disquiet over economic policy, anger at the banking system and bankers' remuneration and bonuses, the continued war on terror and concerns over climate change. Suddenly it was named the G-20 meltdown, the protest started at 11:25 as four planned marches, each led by one of the 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse', converged on the Bank of England: the red horse against war approached from Moorgate; the green horse against climate chaos from Liverpool Street station; the silver horse against financial crimes from London Bridge and the black horse against land enclosures and borders from Cannon Street. People were inspired to join the protest because other groups were against economic policies, banking frauds, war on terror, and climate changes. Activists didn’t use many techniques as many of the protest groups knew about G-20 being in London. The main use were group meetings held monthly prior to the G-20 summit. The uprising in today’s society would be horrific. Many governments would incite putting in marshall law, having a heavy police and military presence, and stopping all government activities.

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Are we living in 1984?

The technological possibilities of surveillance and data collection and storage surely surpass what Orwell imagined. Oceania’s surveillance state operates out in the open, since total power has removed any need for subterfuge: As for sending a letter through the mails, it was out of the question. By a routine that was not even secret, all letters were opened in transit. This sounds like what Snowden describes: “The N.S.A., specifically, targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default.” That seems like a safe operating assumption about e-mails, texts, or telephone calls; even if a person is not saying anything interesting or controversial, and even if no one is actually monitoring our communication, the notion that one’s personal digital messages would remain inviolably private forever, or that they would not be saved or stored, was probably naive. Regardless of the actual scope of the government’s snooping programs, the notion of digital privacy must now, finally and forever, seem a mostly quaint one. The N.S.A., on the other hand, is primarily interested in overt acts, of terrorism and its threats. The war on terror has been compared to Orwell’s “the special mental atmosphere” created by perpetual war, but recently Obama made gestures toward bringing it to an end. That is not to say, of course, that we should not be troubled by the government’s means, or is it clear that the ends will remain as general as they seem today. But Orwell’s central image of unrestrained political power, a “boot stamping on a human face—forever,” is not the reality of our age. Winston is different with many things as the book is supposedly be based 1984 as INGSOC controls all aspects of publications. Winston deals with the older method of going back to records and “blacking” out certain lines so everything in the written past was perfect. Edward Snowden dealt with “blacking” out internet records and going into the present and past of people who were interested targets of the country.
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Smore 11

Science and Technology moved

Science and technology are two distinct subjects: Science, a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about nature and the universe. Orwell describes technology as primitive, impoverished, and eventually unsuccessful to help the normal humans, due to wars and revolutions. Technology was based off the principal of having to develop at fast rates to be able to meet the current standards or needs. Science has also been closely related due to the amount of effort needed to advance the whole department or subject due to cost. The cost associated to advancing science and technology are so high that it nearly costs trillions of dollars for a few months. An example of Orwell’s technology would be his telescreen; the telescreens are used to send out propaganda and also watch the inner party, outer party, and the proles.

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We are being spied on...

Humans are used to creature comforts. We are the stingiest, greedy, and selfish people on the world. People care for what only matters to themselves and rather give up freedom for happiness. Happiness is seen to many people as a short-term and ever lasting feeling that will satisfy the most basic and pleasurable feeling. Freedom can be given up due to the sense of always having “freedom,” but many people do not know what they are getting themselves into. Winston is absolutely correct about how people rather be happy than be “free.” Snowden has revealed that many bulk collection formats include pictures, calls, emails, and, most importantly and easily, text messages. People reveal all their secrets over the easiest form of passing information that can be easily collected for the National Security Agency. The National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation use the mass data collection to their advantage to counter terrorism in and out of the United States borders, but most of the data are pointless and frugal for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to look into. These government agencies are “trying” to insure that the United States citizens are not being spied on for the hell of it, but “mass data collection” does not work to find specifics. They scan and look at everyone in the system, regardless of positions.

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Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting his own memory, perception and sanity. Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. It has became popular due to the fact of ease. It is super easy to manipulate a person who doesn’t know what is going on or at least make it seem that they don’t know what's going on. People with the power have learned to gaslight since the day they were born. They also know without them/product/ or power there would not be the industry. Yes, clean and renewable industries, these industries manipulate the oil industries by saying they are illegally performing drillings and testings in certain waters. Oil industries are scrutinized over and over and over, the clean and renewable industries makes claims that are false, oil industries face permits fines and authority rights in certain areas. Everything has to be recorded (paper, voice, or video) there has to be some kind of documentation to prove the facts. The world we already know is corrupt beyond belief, but it takes only a few documents to shut everything down.

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How long do you truly have?

A lot of people disconnect with the reality and dive into the technology just due to the ability to live a digital life and escape the world around them. People no longer write to others by mail or even meet face-to-face, they rather just use texting or facetime to solve all the problems around them. To be able to ensure that the future won’t be emotionless and all filled with blue screens, leave your off the dinner table, talk to the people around you, and enjoy the present. Many people will deny that they have an addiction to FaceBook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, or any other form of social media. They consider themselves perfectly fine and refuse to be have a social media addiction. Very few people can truly control their usage time on social media and it isn’t hard for those to disconnect if they are occupied with other things going on around them (work, school, or true social events). For those who can’t control their usage, there are simple methods, go to settings, find the deactivate account, and disconnect with the “social” world. Social media is meant to show the best and worst moments in our lives. The usage was meant to connect friends, families, and acquaintances together and allow it to be easier to see what the person is doing. Many people are defeating that purpose due to wanting to “wish” the same lives as the person they have befriended, but reality check, social media will hurt if you purposely look for that information. To not become a slave to social media, hangout with friends, go out and have fun, and ignore the phone with friends; you only have so long in society and why waste it over the internet.

Part II:

My views have changed slightly from the first s'more. It has went gotten worse. I’ve never like the way media covers the worse of the present, because they tend to exaggerate the reality of the situation to gain views and popularity. So deeping no, but changed yes, to worse. I learned that the media uses many different tactics (satire, sympathy, and exaggeration) to make the readers feel differently about what is happening locally and globally. Somethings I am taking away from class are media reporters are usually 70% accurate with 30% “fluff” to make things seem better/worse. The percentages range dramatically depending on the media outlook you use. This class tends to use more technology which is appropriate as it has moved to being a media literacy class rather than world literature class that deals with old, tired information. The class has been framed perfectly with not a burden of work but enough to keep you from sleeping in class. Projects are great and perfectly made without too much hassle of worrying not finishing.

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