Performance Final

By: Nick Janardanan

Media Literacy: A Vital Skill in the Twenty-First Century

Media are forms of communication which reach a broad target audience: newspapers, radio, tv, websites, etc. Media shapes the world we live in today in that most of the information we receive today is through some form of media. Media literacy involves being able to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literacy is a crucial skill in today's world because, as I stated earlier, media is a pivotal gateway to knowledge in this era. Someone who can read a book, newspaper, comic or even write a book, newspaper, and comic is someone who is literate. Also i think being able to understand and analyze what your reading and writing is another thing i consider as being literate. So the big question the big question is what does "Media literate" mean? The word literate would relate to media by analyzing the specific text of media we are looking at. For example if we were reading a news article online or a tweet, "media literate" would mean to look at the overall meaning of that specific text and understanding what it is implying. It would be similar to looking at a literature text in our textbook, but instead it's looking at a media related text which we analyze. In conclusion, I think "media literate" is another type of way of analyzing literature, but it's more focused on media related things.

Entry 2

For the past 24 hours, I have gone entirely without social media. It actually was not as hard as I believed it would be, but it still wasn't easy to ignore the urge to check FaceBook, Instagram, and SnapChat when I was bored. SnapChat was especially difficult to give up as I use it in lieu of text messaging when chatting with some of my friends. Social media has become an integral part of daily life, and seeing your phone light up and buzz is a stimulus which causes all kids of this generation to immediately reach for their phones. It is a truly terrible thing because social media has the potential to connect people positively in ways never before possible, but it is often used to send chain messages along and to harass other individuals (not to mention the fact that social media consumes the lives of thousands of teenagers to the point where they constantly check their feed and number of followers to make sure they didn't miss out on anything).

Entry 3

I was reading an article about Donald Trump saying in order to stop terrorism we need to get to their families first because the families knew about the terrorism acts that were about to happen. He used 911 to be an example of how before the terrorism committed the act they sent their families back to Saudi Arabia for safety and said that their families watched them commit the heinous acts. However, on politifact this article was claimed as a false statement because the terrorist in 911 were mostly single or had a girlfriend, and even with family connections none of them knew that person would commit such an terroristic act. This rebuked Trump's claim of how terrorism is connected to family members and that in order to prevent terrorism it starts with dealing with their families members. Overall it's important to fact check things that presidential candidates say because they could use random incorrect facts in order to seem like they know what they are talking about or in an attempt to get people to agree with them. Fact checking helps individuals know what the difference is between a blatant lie and an honest opinion. Also, it can help formulate a more arguable and stronger opinion towards opinions. In conclusion it's important to fact check and not take in people's opinions without considering that it may be wrong.

Entry 4

“They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and, above all, gambling filled up the horizons of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.” This passage reflects today's life through the lives of millennials. Millennials are so addicted to the Internet and social media, that they are living in a delusional state where their lives will pass by them before they even know what happened. We get so wrapped up in the nuances of Becky's breakup that we miss the B 15 bomber that just crashed outside of our households.

Entry 5

The Third Servile War consisted of 120,000 male and female gladiator-slaves ruled by Spartacus rebelling against the Roman Republic. Had Spartacus' army won, they may have been able to shut down the Roman Republic before it even became the widely-renowned Roman Empire, and this would have changed the course of history forever.

The vast majority of slaves in Spartacus' army were inspired to fight after witnessing Spartacus' victory over Glaber. Gaius Claudius Glaber was a very strong leader and the Roman Army's commander. The fact that Spartacus was able to beat him and his troops in battle with only a small poorly-thrown-together militia was enough to inspire tens of thousands of gladiator-slaves to fight alongside such a great leader as Spartacus.

Spartacus and his slave army pillaged Italy for two years during the Third Servile War, but in the end their attempts were in vain. They were overcome, in the end, by Crassus and his 8 roman legions who all came to ensnare and kill Spartacus and his troops. Knowing this was coming, Spartacus' troops launched a full-on attack on the legions, but unfortunately for them, they were unable to emerge victorious. This defeat lead to the transition of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

Entry 6

Winston Smith and Edward Snowden. Although one is a fictional hero from Orwell's 1984, and the other is an ex-contractor for the National Security Agency, they both shared common beliefs and goals. Winston and Snowden both did secret work for the government, and they both had access to information which normal people would not. They also both believed that certain government practices were wrong, and they decided to act on those beliefs. Snowden was able to leak top secret government files on a trip to China where he met up with UK reporters from The Guardian. It isn't this easy for Winston, however, as his every word and action are monitored constantly by the government's telescreens, and he has no way of knowing if anybody supports his plot to rebel against and overthrow the Party and Big Brother.

Entry 7

In my opinion O'Brien is the villain in the book, and he's not the victim of the party's philosophy but rather a supporter of it. The actions that O'Brien displays are those of someone who isn't forced in committing the party's philosophy onto people but rather a "free" will where he wants people to be made to think in alignment with the party's philosophy. The way he performs his actions is as someone who is for what the party stands for. Also he'll do anything for the party. " We are not interested in those stupid crimes that you have committed. The Party is not interested in the overt act: the thought is all we care about. We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them. Do you understand what i mean by that?"(3.2.99, O'Brien) the way O'Brien states "We" reflects on how O'Brien is part of the party hivemind. This relates with how O'Brien is someone who wasn't forced to do what the party says but is someone who was forced to choose to follow the party's ideology and have his actions reflect its ideology through painful torture. I don't believe that Winston is, by any means, a villain. He has pure intentions in wanting to take the Inner Party and Big Brother down, but he is forced to succumb to the Party after being endlessly tortured by O'Brien in the Ministry of Love (very aptly named).

Entry 8

After finishing a semester on the course of 12th grade media literacy, I've learned a lot about media literacy and how necessary media literacy is in our society. Looking back to the first time I wrote what media literacy was about, I personally think that what i thought media literacy was like in my first smore entry was very similar to what i learned through out this course. In my first smore i said that " "media literate" is another type of way of analyzing literature, but it's more focused on media related things." and over this course i was looking through many media related things that we analyzed and interpreted its significance in our society. For example when we were looking at the deeper meaning behind advertisements, i was able to understand more of the meaning behind each ad we looked over and i was also learning that even pictures had a deeper meaning that our society is conveying. Compared to my other language art courses that i took over my high school career, those language arts class focused more on the literature of books and understanding the overall theme of the book; however in this course i was able to not only look at literature pieces that reflected on the consequences and benefits of the media but also looked at modern literature that we were able to relate fully. I really enjoyed taking this course because of how relatable it was to my life and how challenging it was to understanding the things the our society portrays media. I feel like this class could be improved by including more hands-on activities. Many people are not simply visual or auditory learners, and including some online activities which teach the curriculum would be really helpful for many students. Overall taking this course helped me learn more about the relationship between media and our society and understanding media more than i ever had before.

Entry 9

The video "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity" by Prince Ea, is a video that reflects the negative effect of technology on our society, specifically targeting social media. Ea presents his topic in a poetic video by showing us how technology has made us more selfish and how its current usage is very different than what it was intended to be upon creation which Prince Ea shows by stating, "Mr. Zuckerberg, not to be rude but you should reclassify Facebook to what it really is... an anti-social network." Technology has been created to benefit the population, but instead it has created a barrier amongst the population. This is something that every single first-world citizen should think about because if we don't act now then this negative effect will continue to grow and become a bigger problem down the road for human life. In order to fix this problem and prevent its future resurgence, we need to be more aware of our actions and have company's that make these technologically advanced sites and products create restrictions for us in order to help us manage our addictions. Also i think a big role in fixing this addiction is us having the circumspection and awareness of the problem at hand and having self restraint when trying to fix this bad behavior. In my opinion the reason why technology has lost its true intention is because of the actions we have displayed when using technology. If we are more aware of the actions we present when using technology, the negative impact of it on our lives will soon dissipate. Also, because social media is known for being the addiction, we can use social media to help promote the awareness of our actions and slowly inform the world about the problem we are facing with technology. Overall, I think as human beings we should notice this problem and have the consciousness to try and fix this problem that we are facing because this will affect not only our current generation but the many subsequent generations as well.