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What is Media Literacy?

Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media. Today we got most of our information through different sorts of social media or media technologies. It is the 21st century 's approach to education. It provides a infrastructure for look at things in multiple perspectives and create media etc, from print to videos to the internet. Media literacy creates an understanding of the role of the media in society as well as essential skills of self-expression.

Media Literate

What does it mean to be media literate? It means you are better able to understand complex messages. As i said in my first paragraph it is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media. Media literacy is being able to go the extra mile and think beyond the normal box that surrounds us and helps us understand complex messages. Media literacy is an effective and engaging way to apply critical thinking skills to a wide range of issues. You'll be able to perceive the hidden complex messages within television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media

What is a dystopia?

Dystopia- an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded on. Dystopia has become a large movement in literature - in recent years there has been a rising popularity in dystopian novels, novels that have been transformed into popular movies. The main focus of dystopian literature is much more than to entertain the reader, it is to let them understand ideas and characteristics of a dystopian society. Some of these characteristics are shown through out own society but on a much more drastic level. With the world on a 24 hour watch there is something always happening whether it is a protest, police brutality, public shooting or even a war. Dystopian novels give us the chance to explore fears we might have about the future. The relativity of dystopian literature reader's lives is a component of why the genre has become popular.

Superbowl Commercial Analysis

In the commercial "A Hero's Welcome" by Budweiser a nationally known American pale lager aired this commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl Championship; asserting their brand and product to millions that they Budweiser in a different form. Budweiser illuminates a side of them that we have never seen, stating that they are huge supporters in our troops overseas and are very grateful for their service and sacrifices.Budweiser does this through their commercial; they have a soldier Dressed in his Army camouflage (Lt. Chuck Nadd) descending down the airport escalator walking to his girlfriend, awaiting his arrival from Afghanistan, later to be welcomed by a large crowd from his hometown which we repeatedly see Budweiser symbols, slogans and products, brainwashing us that Budweiser is much moe than a beer company. The intended audience is of course for people over the age of 21 but not just that, they are aiming for the true American citizens, for the ones putting their lives at risk everyday to keep us average joes safe like police officers, fire fighters, veterans and soldiers etc; it conveys the viewer to believe purchasing and buying their product that you are also supporting our service men and woman, and that we are all in this together.
Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial A Hero's Welcome

Can We Auto-Correct ?

Through the past couple of years technology has grown at an unexpected rate. Facebook, Iphones, Twitter Instagram and etc. are just a couple of examples of what we tend to spend our time on. Ea speaks about how we are slowly becoming more disconnected to people around us rather than being connected. To ensure this from becoming a a reality there are many steps in which we should take to stop it. Consumers who are enslaved by these large social network and technology companies should limit their use on each device. each day or week reduce the amount of time you are on your phone or social networking and gradually work yourself down to where you are spending little to no time on your phone unless of use in emergencies. This is a must because social media is an addiction. Just like how a smoker can't go without cigarettes for a long time. It is the same process with technology. However controlling this addiction is a lot easier than to stop smoking because it is all in our heads. To stop this growing addiction we must overcome it as a whole society fighting for our lives. We need to spread the word about the truth of social media, to limit our time on our devices and if anything we should completely delete social media of our phones and laptops. However there are many ways in which social media can be used for good purposes. Social media can be used in many helpful ways. Many organizations have used to spread the word about certain charities or illnesses or research foundations. Knowing how many people are on social media accounts, organizations can use this to their advantage spreading the word and getting themselves out there allowing for millions and millions of people to see a specific cause, or product or message. People just have to limit their time and with that power you can control social media, control your addiction and use it for good purposes.

Reflection

Looking back at my very fist Smore entry on here I realize that I have undergone a major transformation. At the beginning of this semester my viewpoint about media literacy was very small. Walking into this class for the first time i thought "Oh, media literacy? All we are gonna do is just get on social media accounts and talk about certain topics"bu no it wasn't that at all, over the course of this semester we looked at multiple pieces of writing but not simply just reading the work but analyzing it and grasping the real messages behind this pieces of work For example "A Modest Proposal" when reading it you believe he is being serious about selling babies for food to help poor families in Ireland but if you are really reading it and annotating what he is saying you would learn that there is far more to learn about then the eye could read. I learned that in order to understand something fully means to be media literate; you must able to understand complex messages, to "access, evaluate, analyze and create media." That is what Mr. Owen has taught us so well, to step outside our box and get the bigger picture. This was class was different in many ways. We did not focus on how well we do on tests and busy work but how well we were able to understand the work we were given or how good we were at at thinking beyond our traditional horizon. This class is a very well planned out course. Not much should be changed but somethings should be added. I think that we should add work in which we do actually use social media accounts, possible as a research assignment and have go throughout the semester to see how social media affects us and how we change from the begging of the semester using it to the end. This class has taught me well about how to look at things differently how to view our world and our society differently. We are small fragments of a large and growing society.