Abel Leonardo

What is Media and Media Literacy

Media can have many different meanings but it all boils down to one thing, spreading information throughout the world. Over the last few years communication through media has greatly changed and increase due to various sites and people. Media has turned into one of the easiest and best ways to communicate and spread information with family, friends, or even just the world. Without the news you may watch every night, you wouldn't be able to know what’s occurring in the world from sports to crime to politics. Even though the news may be one of the oldest forms of media it isn't the only one. There is also social media. You have your social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that help you spread your information to friends and family without having to go visit or call them. Facebook and Twitter have become great because not only can you talk to your friends and family and know what they are doing, you can also follow sports teams and certain businesses that share important information that you want to know. Thanks to media you have the ability to follow a specific event without even having to be there. I would say media has become a very important aspect to most if not all of our lives in one form or another. But you also have to be media literate. Being media literate means that you are able to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate using media. Yes you may know what Facebook and all these other sites are but the problem is do you truly understand and know how to use them. Our media is always changing and growing so we must stay on top of things to make sure that we are media literate.

Doritos Time Machine - 2014 Super Bowl Commercial

Doritos "Time Machine"

Doritos in the commercial, “Time Machine”, suggests that there product can do amazing things that you never thought possible. Doritos support there explanation by illustrating how by putting a bag of chips through the hole will make you go in the future. Doritos purpose was to persuade you to buy there product in order to raise there sales numbers. Doritos decided to make there commercial humorous so that they could easily grab more peoples attention that are watching TV.

History Change

It was April 4, 1968 when the great Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. life flashed before his eyes. King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee when he spotted a sniper from the roof across the street. He immediately turned and tried running back inside but unfortunately the .30 caliber sniper bullet caught Luther on his right arm. That’s when he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was put into surgery to get the bullet out of his arm. Fortunately everything was successful and King would survive the fatal injury. But what would follow wasn’t necessarily expected. Violence and controversy soon followed. Many blacks were disgusted at the fact that someone tried to assassinate there great leader so they started rioting in the streets all across the United States. Yes the FBI was investigating the shooting but many believed that they were partially behind the whole thing. An ex-convict was arrested later that evening but many people along with Kings Family believed that he was innocent. Everything just kept going downhill from there. Whites started turning on their own people because they believed what was happening was ridiculous. There was no need to cause more problems when the real problem was the separation of color. The government was completely against the joining of colors. They believed that everyone should be separate and there was no point in changing the way things are. Blacks and Whites were joining together and were coming up with a plan to overtake there government. They would have secret meeting in order to plan this but unfortunately many of them would get broken up by the police causing people to get sent to jail. Things just kept getting worse, if seen together they would be sent to jail or sometimes even attacked. After a couple of weeks King went back to work but luckily this time he had the support of many Whites. They continued to work for a change in government but it didn’t come easy. Time went on and things slowly got better but like everything it took time. By 1975 everything got much better and there was no worry about segregation and inequality.


Collins Hill High school, there was a young high school-er student name Alex George started his day regular until he went to lunch that day. When he went to the lunch line to get his food, most lunches come with milk, two sides, and the main meal which only cost 2.25. He noticed that all the lines weren't full they were empty. So he was all happy went to the front of the line and when he went to the register the lady denied him his lunch, and he thought oh my dad forgot to pay today. The real issue was more than 2/3 of the students did not each lunch because of the new school lunch policy. Which changed that week on Monday that made school lunches to 2.75. When Alex told his parents what happened at school Mr. George was outraged " my son was always getting a crappy meal that was enough to satisfy him for 2.25 now you have raised the amount for the same garbage, you raised the prices to much" they were so mad they decided to make this a case in court


This year has been a great year to end on for many reasons but I must say Media Literacy has surprised me. It wasn’t your normal Language Arts class. The things we did in here were actually interesting. Unlike any other language arts class I looked forward to coming every day because I knew we were going to learn something interesting. It was more like a class that helped you with life not just to get a diploma in May. Many of the things we talked about were topics that occur every day and even though we may not necessarily be affected by them now they will cross our path at some moment out in the real world. I learned things like how to summarize something in four sentences in the form of a précis along with the pros and cons of social media. When we started talking about social media I thought it was going to be the same old stuff everyone tells us, like don’t put your credit card information everywhere and be careful to who you talk to but it wasn’t. We went into much more details and why not to. It was interesting to think that social media is taking over our world. You can easily go through your day without turning on the news but know what’s happening around the world just with social media sites on your cell phone. But the thing I liked the most about this class was the fact that it made us think. Thanks to this class it was crazy to see how much our world now is similar to the book 1984 because if not for this class I probably wouldn’t have read it. This Class was a lot of fun but at the same time I learned a lot of things I will actually use down the road, Thanks Zopf. I personally think you did a great job and were fair to everyone it was a great semester. The only thing I didn’t like was all the work we did but you said you are just getting us ready for college and honestly you just learn to get over it and do it.