Media & Media Literacy

How do you portray yourself in the Media?

I believe media is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the news my step dad watches every morning, the radio station my mom listens to on her way to work, or the millions of magazines my mom has to pick up every time we go to the grocery store. Media is what makes us aware of what is going on in the world around us and the things going on in other people’s lives. Media can be a benefit or a nuisance and some people surround themselves with more than others. Without media people probably wouldn’t know what was going on with half of the people they associate with. Many people use media to vent about their lives or express how they are feeling verses picking up the phone and calling a friend. Media gives everyone an opportunity to interact with people around the world whether you are just meeting them for the first time or you are chatting with a foreign exchange student from Denmark.

I believe to be media literate you have to be smart about how you use the media, what you post on the internet or text someone never goes away. Yes you might like that verse from a song but would your mom approve if she saw that or would a college be okay with you tweeting things like that. Even how you act in school can affect your media literacy, the crowd of people you choose to hang out with effects how people view you or how loud and obnoxious you are can give people a wrong impression of you. Media is a benefit; it just depends on how you portray yourself in the media that can hurt you.

Puppy Love Super Bowl Commercial

Budweiser Clydesdale Puppy Love Super Bowl 2014 Commercial

Budweiser in the Super Bowl commercial, Puppy Love suggests anyone can be friends no matter how big or small they are. Budweiser supports their suggestion by showing the unbreakable bond between the small few month old puppy and the 1000lb riding horse. The commercials purpose is to convince beer buyers that Budweiser can create unbreakable bonds in order to get people to go buy Budweiser over other products. The commercial uses the lyrics “only know you love her when you let her go,” from a song to make buyers think their product promotes positive bonding.

Kinetic Typography

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A Change in History

On September 11th 2001 George W. Bush made the worst decision in United States presidential history! Bush decided to make executive decision to have the world known Twin Towers demolished. Without any warning on that Tuesday morning at 8:45 a.m., the government sent four missiles into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; only two of the missiles actually hit the Twin Towers. The third missile had a misfire and hit the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C. and the fourth missile crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, not far from where the missiles were set up. With Bush’s decision to send these missiles a flight on September 11th, he forgot to evacuate the building before they released the missiles. Not only did we loose the Twin Towers and terrify most of America; we also lost over 3,000 people in the destruction of the towers. The first missile to hit the North Tower left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, killing hundreds of innocent American on the spot. Eighteen minutes later the second missile hit the World Trade Center slicing into the South Tower near the 60th floor. This collision resulted in an explosion sending debris from the towers miles away. George W. Bush’s excuse for not evacuating the building, “we were getting rid of the Trade Center, why not get rid of the people who work in it?” Over 343 innocent police officers and paramedics were killed this day trying to save innocent lives that unknowingly were being killed by the man they voted to be their 43rd president. The third and fourth missiles weren’t fired until 9:45 a.m. hitting the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon. Around 10:00 a.m. New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. At 10:300 a.m., the other North Trade Center Tower collapsed. 3,000 people died during this destruction, 23 New York Police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the workers trapped on the height floors. Only 6 people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived; 10,000 others were treated for injuries, many very severe. After sending the signal to fire the missiles that morning President Bush had to leave the White House because he believed that Americans would come after him for firing the missiles. When the White House property was cleared of Americans and reporters President Bush returned home. At 7 p.m. that night Bush decided to hold a press conference telling the United States that he did give permission to fire the missiles, but following his statement he stated, “I didn’t mean for the 343 firefighters to be killed, nor the 23 New York police officers, but I did mean for the people working in the World Trade Center to be killed.” Within a few months President Bush was executed. Bush marked the September 11th, 2001 the Deadliest Day in history.

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In the book 1984 Big Brother loved making drastic changes in the history, so when I thought of an important day to Americans September 11th came to mind.

Media Literacy Class

The media literacy course I took this year was probably one of the most beneficial classes I have taken all my years of being at Peachtree Ridge! This class taught me a lot about the world I live in today and the many things people don’t notice because they are blind to the things right in front of their face. Something that really amazed me and stuck with me throughout the course was the information shared about advertisements. Most people glance at advertisements and never really pay attention to them, but when we were shown the slideshow and sat in class discussing what each advertisements purpose was, my eyes were opened. I had never really realized that most advertisements have nothing to do with the product that they are selling; instead they have to do with the objects that will catch a buyer’s eye. Such as beer advertisements and women, I never understood what women had to do with beer until we discussed that it’s not what women have to do with the beer it’s about the men who are buying the beer and what they want to see. The book 1984 was really informative too, I never really realized that a country could become so controlling over it’s citizens or how what the government can easily make it’s citizens believe what ever they want them to believe. Now when I am sitting at home watching TMZ with my mom I just think of how the media is kind of like big brother in the sense that they could say anything and because they said it millions of people will believe it.

Media literacy isn’t anything close to any of the other language arts classes I have ever taken. Every language arts class I ever remember taking was about reading older texts from Shakespeare or the Crucible; books that I won’t remember the following semester. Media literacy is a beneficial class! It opens your eyes to the world around you and it’s even more beneficial that we take it our senior year right before we go off into this big world by ourselves where media will only affect us more and more. I enjoyed this class a lot, but a way to make this class more successful would be to have more in class work. I find that a lot of the work I didn’t do was because we were either given only a class period to write it or because it was an assignment for home. I have found out that when there is an essay or paragraph that has to be written at home I never do it. I would prefer to have at least 2 days in class to work on it, so I can ask questions and get help when I get stuck. Besides the occasions of me not doing my work I strongly enjoyed this class especially the 1984 book!