Media Literacy

Emily Eidson

Media

Media is a way of communication. The media can include information about entertainment, education, news, war, environment, music, and can share advertisements. It is an easy and fast way to bring the outside of your home in. There are many forms of media. Some examples are television, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube), video games, radio, magazines, and newspapers. Media has been a way of sharing information for hundreds of years, and will be for many more. Using the media is one of the most popular ways to communicate, and continues to grow more and more every day. While being a part of the media, you need to know how to understand and use it correctly. This means you know how to read and evaluate information, and have the ability to read into and understand it. Often there are messages more complex than one realizes, and to find these is a big part of being media literate. It can be very useful in children and an adult’s life. Children are now more often spending their time watching TV than going outside to play. This is giving media the opportunity to shape and affect their lives. This makes it very important that they know what they are seeing, and what it means. For adults, it is becoming a bigger part of businesses. I believe that many businesses are going to start requiring that one has the ability to comprehend media. People need to be sure to include the media in their everyday life.


2014 SuperBowl Commercial - Mountain Dew Kickstart Your Night Big Game Ad

Precis

Mountain Dew Kickstart in the commercial "2014 Super Bowl Commercial" suggests that if you drink Mountain Dew Kickstart, they will be viewed as cool and have fun nights out. Mountain Dew supports this suggestion with diction and exclusiveness. Mountain Dew's purpose is to make guys feel as though they will get the life of nice cars and parties and will share this drink with their friends. The company uses a bold feeling aimed towards yound adult males.

Satire: Men and Women Inequality



In many people's eyes men are often viewed superior to women. Whether it is in businesses, relationships, family, or just everyday life. This has been a problem for many, many years all over the world and continues to be unsolved.

But there is a solution to help stop the inequality between males and females. What could possibly prevent this? We need to change how we look, to all have fair first impressions.

To start, everyone will need to shave their heads. Make-up will no longer be legal to own or to use. When in public, you will be required to wear clothes baggy enough to hide body shapes. Whenever one confronts another, you will be forced to pass judgment based on one’s gender.

“Whenever I go to apply for a job, I don’t want to be considered for it based on if he will be wanting to try to get in my pants or not!” says Sarah from New York City.

This will no longer be a problem if men aren’t looking at the women in inappropriate ways. But there shouldn’t be any worries when thinking about serious relationships. When questioning a wise woman on her opinion on this solution, she says that “Men are big enough pigs that they’ll eventually make themselves look past the no make-up and baldness and want the woman. It is what’s on the inside that counts anyways, right?”

But let’s be honest, it is not always the women that are being brought down by the men. There are many feminists who automatically assume that all men are disgusting, without giving them a real chance. Famous, crazy feminist, Katie Lowe, says “All men are rapists! And that’s all they will ever be!”’

When men were asked what their first thoughts on women were, there were three answers that really stuck out- sex, sandwiches, and cleaning. When women answered the same question, they answered heartless players that are all the same.

This new look for everyone will help look at each other in a new, refreshing way.

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The Holocaust changed to The Cataclysm


There are almost no other events in history that are darker or more shocking than the Cataclysm. And while the majority of people today understand at least the main idea of what the Cataclysm was, there is actually an increasing amount of younger people that don't fully understand or have any idea whatsoever with what it involved. Taking the time to understand the basics of the Cataclysm is very important, and should serve as a good place to begin your understanding of about what happened during it and what caused it to happen.

The Cataclysm is generally thought of as the large genocide of roughly 4 million Caucasian people during World War III. Some definitions include the mass murder of other groups as well including rednecks, homosexuals, republicans, students, and more, and some numbers suggest that between 10 and 11 million civilians and parents were murdered during this time period.

It is important to understand that the genocide of Caucasians and others during the Cataclysm didn't occur in one big movement. Instead, it was a process that occurred in carefully planned stages, gradually leading up to the implementation of the "Final Solution".

It began with laws that required white people to be removed from the rest of the general population. They enforced these laws by threats towards civilians of all ages. These laws generally forced whites and republicans into ghettos, overcrowded, small and filthy areas of cities that were essentially used as holding areas for these people before sending them away to different camps.

During this time, concentration camps were also created and used to eliminate, and whites and republicans were pulled from the ghettos and placed into the concentration camps, where they were forced into slave labor until disease, starvation, or exhaustion killed them. As the North Koreans continued to conquer new areas of North America, new ghettos and concentration camps were set up for holding more and more Americans. Additionally, death squads began to execute Caucasians and others in mass shootings, gas chambers, injection, and burying them in mass graves throughout the continent.

It was later in the course of WWIII that the North Koreans set the Final Solution into motion, and it was then that some of the concentration camps became extermination camps. The sole purpose of these camps was simply to execute as many people as possible in as efficient a manner as possible. Millions died in these death camps, and this is the phase of the Cataclysm that most think of when they think of it.

Simply put, the Cataclysm was one of the darkest periods of history, filled with madness and murder. Remembering it today helps honor those who perished and also ensures that such a thing won't be repeated as years go by.

I chose the topic of the Holocaust because history is known to repeat itself and I am very curious on how and if this event will be repeated. It is one of the most well-known events in our world’s history, and is something I find very interesting to read and learn about.

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Little Talks

The song "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men fits Winston’s life throughout the book 1984. The beginning of the song represents how Winston is sad, and is unhappy in his life. He is against the Party, which is very uncommon and not considered acceptable by anyone. He eventually meets Julia, who is also said to be against the Party as well and shares similar thoughts with Winston. They go through the journey of trying to join The Brotherhood together. The song it talks about a ship carrying bodies safe to shore, which is the same as how everyone believes Big Brother is their protector and will bring them safety. Also, it mentions being happy during a childhood time, just like Winston’s memory playing Snakes and Ladders with his mother. The voice inside the head is Winston’s thoughts that cannot be negative because he will be in trouble with the Thought Police. He is unsure if he is right or wrong, or sane or insane. All that is left of him is a ghost. He is lifeless, and goes through every day with the same routine. Everyone sounds and is the same, giving into conformity. Big Brother will bring them to safety.


Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks

I don't like walking around this old and empty house.
So hold my hand, I'll walk with you my dear

The stairs creak as I sleep,
it's keeping me awake
It's the house telling you to close your eyes

Some days I can't even dress myself.
It's killing me to see you this way.

'Cause though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore.

Hey! Hey! Hey!

There's an old voice in my head
that's holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks.

Soon it will all be over, buried with our past
We used to play outside when we were young
and full of life and full of love.

Some days I don't know if I am wrong or right
Your mind is playing tricks on you my dear.

'Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Hey!
Don't listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same.
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

You're gone, gone, gone away,
I watched you disappear.
All that's left is a ghost of you.
Now we're torn, torn, torn apart,
there's nothing we can do,
Just let me go, we'll meet again soon.

Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around
I'll see you when I fall asleep.
Hey!
Don't listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same.
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

Don't listen to a word I say
Hey!
The screams all sound the same.
Hey!

Though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
Though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
Though the truth may vary
this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore


Reflection

Media Literacy is by far the most interesting Language Arts class I have taken. I have learned a lot, as well as I now have much stronger opinions. I will not lie, there were times that I could not believe what other people thought and said! I have never been in such an outspoken, controversial class. Every discussion we had in here always pushed me to the edge, but I really did enjoy it. I have really learned that there are people that may have totally opposite opinions than me, but that is just how it is. Another part of this semester I absolutely loved was 1984! Every student should be required to read it in high school or even college. Not only is it well written, but has very good messages in it. The government has too much control in our country, and 1984 has really opened my eyes to that. As for the future of this class, I do not think there is really anything that should be changed! I will be honest that I often was bothered, because I do not think teachers should voice their own opinions too much. It made me uncomfortable because there were times I strongly disagreed, and I felt like I was even being judged by my teacher, which I do not like. I like having open discussions in the classroom, but not when the authority has chosen a side as well. I am really taking a lot away from this class; my views have been strongly tested, which I have liked. It is very different than other Language Arts class. I loved that there was no grammar or history! Another thing I did not like was the movie Smoke Signals. It was very weird, and I did not understand it at all.