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Media and Media Literacy

Media is ameans of mass communication that can be accessed by anybody and everybody. A few examples of media are TV, newspapers, radio and the big one is internet. Media influences everybody whether they know it or not, media is a huge part of the world we live in. Some people believe that media does more harm than good and others believe that life would not be the way it is if it was not for media. Ways that media can be harmful is by "poisoning" the minds of the youth and changing the way that they think yhat life should be and creates a fantasy "real world" in their minds. Media, however can be very beneficial because it delivers information to people that may have been otherwise inaccessible to them. In my opinion i believe that media is both bad and good, and that people show view in moderation instead of subjecting themselves to it nonstop. What it means to be media literate? Its to understand what goes through the media and to know what's real and what's fake. if you aren't media literate then you're going to believe whatever the media tells you for example if you aren't media literate, and the media tells you the Bobcats won the NbA championship you'd believe that they won the NBA championship even if they didn't make it to the playoffs. On the other hand if you're media literate, you would know instanly that its not true.

Budweiser Puppy Love

Budweiser in the commercial for Budweiser beer, which aired during the 2014 Superbowl, communicates to viewers that when times get tough and you're sad, grab a Budweiser, and relax. Budweiser promotes their beer by showing a dog and a horse that love each other; that they never gave up from being together and in the end they were happy. Budweiser attempts to get viewers to have an emotional connection with the product so that when they see a puppy, they think of a Budweiser beer. This commercial uses an emotional tone which connects with men and women of legal drinking age so that when they see emotional things, they will purchase a Budweiser.

Satirical News Article

Justin Bieber’s Georgia fun ruined!

Alan Duke, CNN

Thu February 27, 2014

JUSTIN BIEBER is being subjected to yet ANOTHER search warrant, this one in Georgia, but unlike the previous one brought upon him, this one resulted in drugs being found!

A Sandy Springs police searched Justin Bieber’s Cadillac Escalade on Tuesday evening and found marijuana and two glass smoking pipes. This is the fourth crime that has been supposedly committed by Justin Bieber OH rejoice may teen Beliebers celebrate and follow in Justin’s guided footsteps!

According to a police report “Less than an ounce of suspected marijuana and two large glass smoking pipes containing suspected marijuana residue…” however to the sheer fortune of Bieber, “Due to the small amount, no charges were filed related to the marijuana,” said in a police statement. May Bieber forever walk in America, positively influencing tweens across this mighty country, he has brought this country to the peak of its game and may he continue to do so.

Free Write

Ignorance is a plague that infects millions of people worldwide, people are either ignorant due to their perspective, predispositions, or just because they don't care enough to know about whatever it is they're ignorant about. Ignorance leaves a person close-minded and incapable of learning anything and oblivious to the world around them. Ignorant people are reluctant to do things with people that they discriminate against simply because they are different than themselves.

The Changing of History

History book detailing the events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

World War II was spearheaded by the Nazis under the command of Adolf Hitler who sanctioned the genocide of millions of Jews, by consolidating them into concentration camps where they were brutally tortured and where they all, sadly, died. Hitler had performed many atrocities in his reign over Germany and was winning the war, and you would think that they would be the worse members of the war; but they were not it was the Japanese who were the atrocious vile culprits of inhuman actions. The savages had the audacity to lay siege to our military post in Pearl Harbor brutally murdering millions of our civilians and defenders of our lives and rights, and that was too much for us, so we retaliated. It was August 6, 1945, toward the end of World War II, we had finally broken and dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, eradicating nearly the entire population of these cities in a brief instant, and they deserved it. We deemed the Japanese as savages after they massacred our people at Pearl Harbor so we as a country unanimously voted to give them a piece of their own medicine and to demonstrate how feeble they are in comparison to us the great America. The short-term results of this bombing shook the Japanese Emperor Hirohito to his core and made him soil him in fear, resulting in his immediate and unconditional surrender to us. The long-term result was much more of a kick in the face, we intentionally bombed them with a prototype of the Atomic bomb, but its radiation was much more potent, in caused generations of Japanese in the immediate residence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be plagued by cancerous levels of radiation that led to many a death. We as a country mocked the Japanese for how weak they were for the bomb we dropped on them was only a fraction of the power of the ultimate atomic bomb that was produced by the Manhattan project.

This changed the course of the world because it demonstrated just how deadly man and its creations can be, and led all major superpowers to succumb to the IHL, the international humanitarian law. August 6th, 1945 was, to date, the first and only use of nuclear weapons in a war. I rewrote this as not exactly a satirical document, attempting to poke fun at the nuclear bombs because the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were in fact, very serious and very deadly. My purpose in re-writing this historical, unprecedented, event was to show that this is something that should not be given to man something that should never be used again, no matter stringent circumstances whatsoever.

Free Write to 1984

In the book 1984 Orwell wrote about a dystopia that was created by a maniacal group of evil doers called the party. The party controls what the citizens think what do they how they feel and every essence of their life. The ending was a cliff hanger and yet it was satisfying I’d like to know what happened to Winston and Julia I’d like to know who won the “war” and most importantly if O'Brien and Mr. Charrington were just put into place to exploit and expose potential thought criminals. I like Orwell’s work it seems realistic and gives me an insight into what the world could become if we aren't careful. I believe completely that this is not only an appropriate criticism but it is an accurate criticism of the modern government. I believe this to be true because every government in the known world controls its citizens in some way or the other. I can’t necessarily say that I would change the ending but I wouldn't have left so many questions left open. The message that I take away from this book is that we have to watch the government and live our lives as we deem fit for as long as we can because we never know when telescreens will be implanted into our lives.

Media Literacy Reflection

Media Literacy was a fairly easy class but I think some students didn't take this class as seriously as it should have been and to be honest I myself didn't take it as seriously. I enjoyed my time in this class, I learned a lot of things that I never knew or never would have known if it wasn't for this class and the teacher. I learned the importance of media and how it affects our society. Media Literacy was very different than any language arts class I ever took especially because everything was online and it wasn’t too much reading or writing. The assignments were interesting and somewhat fun. I learned that the Government is watching us at all times and it may look we have freedom but we actually don’t. The government has control over everything we do. One think I loved about this class was how the teacher read the book with class instead of just giving it to us to read. The only reason I was successful this class was because of the teacher, he was more concerned about me doing good in this class than myself. What I believe could be done to make media literacy better is to find a middle ground between online work and hands on paper work, like activities that help student learn but other than that there isn't much to be done, it’s all based on what the students decide what they want to do. In my personal opinion I enjoyed media literacy we learned a lot of interesting facts that would serve me well in my future and read two amazing books 1984, and Macbeth but then again, I just love books.