Media Literacy


Snow Picture, Journal #5

My Search For Myself, Journal #4

When searching for myself I knew that a lot of things would show up, so I was not surprised by my search. What usually shows up within the first page or two of Google are my social networking accounts(only Pinterest is public,all of my pins and boards are viewable and i'm going to figure out how to make it private), pictures and a blog post from a spokesmodel photoshoot I did, obituaries for my grandparents, a family tree website, prezis I have made for school, and results from a pageant I was in. This doesn't affect me because there is nothing about me on the internet that I feel I need to hide from others. I don't feel that I am in great danger online, most of my accounts are as private as they can be.My belief is, as my parents have told me, that I shouldn't post anything online that I wouldn't want my grandmother, priests, or future employers to see.

"Sochi" Google search, Journal #3


The top picture shows my Google search from home, and the second shows my search from a school computer. Most of my results were very similar: news about the recent terrorist threats, information about the upcoming Olympic Games, and information about the city itself. The news articles were slightly different, they were on the same topic but from different news providers(CNN versus Fox News). For my home search, all the links were news and Olympic related; but my school search showed a blog of weird facts about Sochi. This shows that my home search was probably tailored more to what I have searched for and clicked on in the past, and the school computers are less personalized since many people use them every day. This does not have much of an effect on how I will use the internet in the future, but i think it is still something to be aware of when on the internet.

TXT SPK, Journal #2

Being Media Literate, Journal #1

The media is any type of communication. This includes newspapers, television, the radio, and magazines; and it also includes social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have experiences with the media in our everyday lives. We can share our lives through using social networks and blogs, we are influenced by what we see in magazines and on television, and we use media as a method of communication. The media can helps us and can be very entertaining, but what we do, especially on social media, can also hurt us. Being “media literate” means you have an understanding of the media: how it is used, what its purpose is, and the pros and cons of using it. Being media literate means you know that what is said Twitter or Facebook or your blog is permanent and the pictures you post on Instagram or send on Snapchat are permanent ; in other words when you delete something it is not actually gone forever. Your “electronic tattoos” are everything you have blogged about, tweeted, posted on Facebook, and uploaded to Instagram or YouTube; but they are also things you have been tagged, liked, viewed, or commented on. They are anything and everything you have done online and just like a tattoo on your body, they are easy to see. Many people who use the media do not realize that what they did can come back to haunt them. Media literacy means using social networks and having fun with them; but also taking caution and being aware that bad choices you make could impact your future.