Media Literacy

#TheMedia

What is the Media?

The media can be many things, but mainly it is the means of communication through technology. In this day in age, almost everyone is media literate, or is familiar with the media and is aware of how to use it properly. I believe the media can be abusive and can also be very beneficial. One way people abuse the media is by exposing people or letting out too much information about themselves. Sometimes people forget that whatever you put on the internet will stay on the internet. One way that the media can be beneficial is how quickly you can access information and spread information. This generation has been born into technology, and now they have adapted to how quickly they can finish tasks with the help of technology, which may have done us a disfavor by taking away our patience. The media is all about speediness and how much information we can gain by typing a few letters into Google. Every day technology improves allowing us to access more information even more quickly than ever before. It’s hard to imagine how our parents got through their high school career without the help of Google and Microsoft Word. I think the media is meant to benefit its users to its fullest potential, but some people abuse its power. People take advantage of it by sending out viruses, hacking people’s identities, and committing cyber bullying. With great power, comes great responsibility; therefore, society should be more aware of how much power the media has.


Official Maserati Super Bowl Spot | 2014 Ghibli - Strike

Rhetorical Précis

Maserati in the 2014 Super Bowl commercial, "Strike", vindicates that they don't have to be colossal to be superior. Maserati supports their allegation by using a minuscule child to narrate his standpoint to "the giants". The company's purpose is to establish the theory that patience and timing achieves triumph and prosperity. The commercial is presented in a modest and earnest tone to the underdogs of the World.

Kim Kardashian Dies Due to Butt Implant Surgery

Jojo An, Celebrity Reporter


2/27/2014


CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA - The beloved American television personality star, fashion designer, model, and actress, Kim Kardashian, tragically left her new husband, Kanye West, newborn baby, North West, and her adoring fans just this morning after her butt implant surgery had gone wrong.


Kardashian’s doctor, Dr. Sloan, claims he doesn't know what could have possibly been the cause of her death because her surgery went flawlessly. “She came in, we enlarged her buttocks, she woke up, then left with her sister Kourtney,” Dr. Sloan stated.


Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest of the Kardashian clan, says “I totally don’t even know what even like happened. She was totally just like, right here, then she totally was just gone.”


Dr. Sloan’s surgery turned out to have gone without a hitch, according to our investigator, and it wasn't the scalpel that killed her, but her poor blood circulation. Apparently, during Kardashian’s surgery, Dr. Sloan’s assistant, Meredith Grey, suggested the surgery come to a halt because “Kim has too much silicone being place in her butt to allow blood to flow to her heart freely.”


The Kardashian family wakes up to devastating news as they hear that their favorite sister passes away and a call from the President himself sending his regards and wishes for the family. President Obama even offered to have an open casket ceremony in the backyard of the White House.


The mother of Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, emotionally stated, “of course we’ll accept the President’s generous and kind offer to have the ceremony at his own backyard. And even though it’s hard to see her pass away, we’ll air it on Keeping Up with the Kardashians for all of her friends, fans, and supporters to emotionally, and spiritually be with us as we say goodbye to Kim.”


Kanye West, Kim’s devastated husband, was spotted driving to the Kardashian’s home earlier today with baby North and when asked about how he felt; he just carried his daughter into the house, then came back out with hiss new Nike Air Yeezy’s and threw it at the reporter’s head.


Later that day, west was spotted again at the Kardashians clothing boutique, DASH, where he announced, “Ima let y'all decide, but Kim K had the best booty of all time!”

Suicides have been reported all around America due to the death of Hollywood’s princess, Kim.


There is no easy way to say goodbye to the one and only, Kim Kardashian, but fans and supporters can tune into E! Network on Sunday to join the Kardashian family in grieving and saying their goodbyes.

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The Death of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was the founder and leader of the Islamic terrorist group, al-Qaeda, and has been killed in Pakistan on May 12, 2011 by President Barack Obama with the help of SEAL Team Six. The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was thought of by President Obama, while he suggested he should carry out the mission himself with the SEAL’s assistance. The President and SEAL Team Six raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound shortly after 1 am, by taking out the guards one by one and making their way into the house to find Osama. SEAL Team Six took the lead into the house making sure any person in possession of a weapon was taken out in order to secure the President’s protection. The President, fully armed, proceeded after the SEALs signaled an OK for the President to enter. After the death of many terrorists guarding Osama and his compound, they finally reached Osama’s room, and after the SEALs confirmed the safety of the area, the President came into the bedroom to terminate the terrorist leader. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden's body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death. Earlier speculation and rumors suggested that Pakistani leaders were aware of the terrorist hiding in their country, but the officials have denied such claims. The United States had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan because the United States’ government forced the official to confess of false denial or face the consequences the United States would enforce. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. They vowed retaliation against the United States for killing Osama and Pakistan for not preventing the mission and allowing the US to do so. The President and SEAL Team Six were welcomed home by the proud Americans as heroes of the country and the President was very favored by the public and the citizens of the US. The mission was welcomed by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and a large number of governments. Some people thought of it to be cruel to kill another human being while being unarmed and helpless, but the SEAL Team Six and the President both confirmed that Osama was in fact armed with a machine gun and a pistol on his bedside, which he reached for when the SEALs and Obama entered the premises. Photos and DNA evidence have been kept from the public for safety reasons and have been declared classified for only a few people to have access to, for the well-being of the people. As for the other terrorist groups threatening to terrorize the United States, the President responded that the United States government will not negotiate with terrorists nor will they subject to the fear of their threats, and if they were to take action with such threats, the US army will retaliate.


~~I re-wrote the death of Osama bin Laden because if America was like 1984 and how the government is supposed to look good for the public, the President would be more favored if he was the one to kill the terrorist responsible for a tragic day for Americans.~~

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"Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities


I could lift you up
I could show you what you wanna see
And take you where you wanna be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound

We're safe and sound

I could fill your cup
You know my river won't evaporate
This world we still appreciate

You could be my luck
Even in a hurricane of frowns
I know that we'll be safe and sound

Safe and sound
We're safe and sound
Safe and sound
We're safe and sound
Hold your ground
We're safe and sound
Safe and sound

I could show you love
In a tidal wave of mystery
You'll still be standing next to me

You could be my luck
Even if we're six feet underground
I know that we'll be safe and sound

We're safe and sound

Safe and sound
Safe and sound
Hold your ground
Safe and sound

I could lift you up
I could show you what you wanna see
And take you where you wanna be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound

I could lift you up
I could show you what you wanna see
And take you where you wanna be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound

We're safe and sound
We're safe and sound
We're safe and sound
We're safe and sound

Safe and sound
We're safe and sound
Safe and sound
We're safe and sound
Hold your ground
We're safe and sound
Safe and sound
We're safe and sound

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Julia and Winston's Love Story in a Song

“Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities related to George Orwell’s 1984, because of Julia and Winston’s love story. In 1984, although Julia and Winston live in a terrible world where they are not allowed to love on another, they still try to be together despite the consequences they would have if they were to be caught. In the song, when they say, “you could be my luck, even if the sky is falling down I know that we'll be safe and sound,” I reminded me of when Julia told Winston that Big Brother couldn’t take their love and feelings away from each other, because “even if the sky is falling down”, or they get caught, they’ll still love each other. The whole idea of this song is to point out that if you love someone, you’ll love them no matter what, or at least you think you will. In 1984, Julia and Winston promise each other they will love each other no matter what, even if the Party tries to tear them apart. In “Safe and Sound,” “I could lift you up,” related to their relationship because they make each other’s lives worth living. They have a terrible life and they’re miserable, but when they’re together, they are genuinely happy. This song basically emphasizes Julia and Winston’s love for each other, and how their love made their depressing lives a little less horrid.

Reflection

Before experiencing this class, I expected to only learn things about the media and how it affects our everyday lives. Throughout this course, I’ve gained more than what I have expected to gain. I’ve always knew that what you put on the internet will forever stay on the internet, but I didn’t fully understand the detrimental effects of releasing personal information out to the public. I’ve learned how to correctly write a précis, and I never even knew what a précis was before this course. The media and the internet is a great invention and I’ve realized just how important it is to our everyday lives and how we could use it to our benefit. I’ve gained more experience in learning what a satirical article or piece is about and why people use that to bring attention to subjects. Also, I learned how to spot the main reason behind a satirical piece and how to write a satirical article.

This language arts class differs from other classes because it teaches the students about things that are used every day around them and how it affects them. This course isn’t just about reading Shakespeare or writing essays, it’s about exploring the world around us. In other language arts classes, I feel like the main thing I gained was to expand my vocabulary and how to write essays. Although I have gained more vocabulary and have improved on the flow of writing essays, I feel like I’ve learned about the environment around me and how technology, the media, and literature play an important role on our society. This class challenged me to think about the world around me and who the people in power really are. During the course, when we touched on subjects like corruption, it really made me wonder about the world I think I live in, and the world that I really live in.

I think in order to make this class better; this course should touch up more on how to properly use technology and the media to a better advantage. I don’t think people realize how much opportunity is hidden amongst technology they are exposed to every day. The most important information that I will carry on is mostly about what I learned about technology and the media. Also, I liked how we used smore entries for most of assignments. It allowed me to be more organized and smores should be used more often.

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