Why Are We OBSESSED?

Kelsey Sebastian

Journal #1

Media is used all around today’s society. Now, there are cell phones, internet, television, etc. when there used to be just newspaper and radio broadcasts. You can find media almost everywhere. Media literacy is a good modern-day approach to education. Media literacy allows students to learn in multiple ways. It is included in every standard of education in at least all of The United States. Music, television, radio, phones, internet, movies, all contribute to the idea of “media literature.” This type of literature allows students to understand the way media contributes to our everyday lives and allows students to express their interest in a manner that they are used to. This form of literacy also teaches students about biased opinions and allows students to research these ideas. Being able to access and analyze media is a very good thing and can help with education. I believe students nowadays are more literate in media than adults because unlike them, we grew up with technology and media. It’s what we know. In school, our parents didn’t use electronics the way we do. If they wanted to research something all they did was look it up in the textbook. The news today is more elaborate than it ever has been, as well. For a fact, my parents know how to use the internet and some social media pretty well, but my brother and I are always showing them what they don’t know about it. There are even sometimes when my brother and I actually end up asking my parents how to do something on Facebook or with an E-mail. This just shows that even though the kids probably know more about media literacy than adults, adults are pretty familiar with it as well, making it an extremely popular and familiar concept to all people.

Journal #2

No Social Media

For a couple of hours, not going on any type of social media wasn’t that hard. Though I don’t post tweets every day or Instagram pictures every day, I check these social medias frequently to see what other people are posting. I was actually doing okay without social media for a while but eventually I just forgot. It’s something that is natural to me. To be honest, even if I didn’t forget I would have probably still gone on Snapchat or Twitter. It’s not because I can’t refrain myself, I just like to see what’s going on with other people. I don’t watch the news unless my parents are watching the news so I get a lot of my news from Facebook and Twitter. Social media is definitely important to me. My brother is 19 years old and he lives in Minnesota and plays hockey professionally up there. We text often, pretty much every day, but it’s nice to go on Twitter or Instagram or Snapchat to see what he’s posting and doing up there. It’s also nice to go on Facebook and see your relatives who don’t live near you posting pictures and statuses of what they’re doing. It is crazy to me how some people use social media to share pictures of the food they’re eating every night. It’s fun to see what people are doing when you don’t live close to them, but do we really care what they’re eating every night? I think social media is a very disturbing addiction. My generation is the generation who takes the most amount of pictures (Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) yet we’re not going to have any pictures when we’re older because we store them on these social medias instead of printing them out.


Journal #3

ABC's & D's of Commercial Image

This presentation opened my eyes on how commercials and advertisements portray both men and women. It’s no secret that women get treated worse than men, but who knew it was THIS bad? When we watch commercials and see advertisements we think of the product more than who is endorsing the product. Women are always going to give off a “sexier” vibe than men because to men, women are only sexy when they’re naked. Men are sexy to women when they’re dressed professionally and look like they’re financially stable. In the presentation it mentioned how dangerous the media messages are. They can contribute to low self-esteem, body image issues, and eating disorders. It’s also more dangerous to women than men because women tend to care more about what they look like. When women see other women in commercials and ads, we tend to think that they’re pretty so maybe if we bought that same brand of makeup we could be just as pretty as they are. When men see an ad with women in it they think that if they wore that same cologne as that one guy in the ad, then they’d be able to get the pretty girl, too. Men appeal to men also because they’re usually trying to promote cologne or a suit and tie. Women look at an ad with men and think he’s cute but when do men really ever try and sell something to women? Women are always on display. On one of the posters named “Foreplay Fridays,” the woman was wearing nothing but her underwear and she was wearing this to get the attention of males. This really opened my eyes because I always knew men and women are very differently portrayed, but I never noticed how many ads and people really are directed towards men.

Journal #4

Fact-checking

"Frankly, (Hillary Clinton) doesn’t do very well with women” Donald Trump states. How often do we go and double check facts? I, for one, never double check “facts.” If I can find my results in one of the first four links on Google, I trust it. Sometimes, it’s pretty obvious when a statement is inaccurate or when a statement is simply somebody’s opinion. In that case I will search a little deeper into that topic to find some supporting evidence. Of course in politics you’re going to have people who agree with the republican candidates and then there’s going to be people who agree with the democratic candidates and disagree with the republicans. I think it’s very important to double check facts in politics, educational systems, etc. because these could be major decisions. Decisions that we make. We can’t simply vote for one candidate and say we’re not going to vote for the other candidate just because of what we hear other people around us say. Most people don’t double check facts, but then again most people aren’t going to believe ridiculous statements and articles. Recently, there has been a satire article explaining that Ben Carson “has no memory of running for president.” That obviously isn’t true and you can tell because one, he’s a neurosurgeon and two, people forget things all the time, but you don’t forget a moment in your life like that. So when I read that article, I didn’t have to double check on its facts whether it was true or not because it was pretty clear that it wasn’t.


Journal #6

Villain or Victim?

O’brien is simply the villain in the book 1984. The reason I believe this is because he promises Julia and Winston rebellion and then converts their way of thinking to follow the party’s way of thinking. O’brien is probably the most intelligent character of the story and it is revealed at the climax of the story that everything Winston did in secret actually wasn’t done in secret. O’brien was there, watching and listening every single time; he was playing with Winston, seeing how far he’d go to rebel against the state. Although, the party is who has complete and total control over all aspects of existence, O’brien contributes and displays his intelligence and his secretiveness back to the party. It is the Party that has control over the past, present and basically the future, too, as resistance is indeed futile, which it isn’t until later Winston realizes. So is O’brien the villain or is the party? Though they’re similar and they’re doing the same type of job, O’brien is ultimately the villain here.


Journal #7

Media Literacy Reflection

Although media literacy has always been an important concept, the meaning behind it has expanded and grown even since just the beginning of the semester. My thoughts have definitely changed and expanded in just four short months. Technology is still taking over our world, slowly but surely. Learning everything that we’ve learned this year in language arts regarding technology really opened my eyes. I always knew technology and media was a huge part of the world but taking this class really shows how much we really use it. This class was different than other language arts classes because in other language arts classes, we read stories. We read books. We read articles. We read fables. This year, we got to broaden our horizons a little bit and read interesting dystopians and write papers. Personally, I’d rather write a paper everyday than read a story, so I liked this class a lot. I got to write down my thoughts. I was even able to connect to personal experiences while writing my journals for 1984. Though I liked how we were able to hand in our assignments on Sunday at 11:59, sometimes that unmotivated me to do my work at that moment, in class which then caused me to fall slightly behind. Besides that, I really enjoyed this class and the way you taught it.

Journal #8

Prince Ea

As it was stated in the prompt, technology and social media usage is an addiction and it’s becoming a problem and quite frankly, unhealthy. I will admit that my generation has a much larger problem with social media usage than your generation or say my grandmothers generation. With that being said, all generations have been taught to cope with social media. We’ve all been taught that social media is good and has no evil associated with it. But is that true? Have we become so unaware that we don’t realize what our own technology usage has done to us and the people around us? There are many ways I, as a teenager, can make sure that the chances of becoming completely distant from the world is slim to none. For example, when I go out to eat with my grandmother neither one of us looks at our phones unless we have a photo to share with one another. We spend that precious time we have together actually with each other. Crazy right? But on the other hand, while I'm at lunch with my best friend or when my teammates and I are out to eat, we’re all so engaged in our phones that when one of us tells a story the major questions that get asked are, “wait what happened?” “who said that to you?” “what did you say?” “I’m sorry, what?” because we simply aren't paying attention to who is in front of us, but to WHAT is in front of us and who’s on the other side of that “what.” Personally, I believe this is an addiction that can easily be solved… Put down the phone. For me I’ve changed the ringtones of my mother, father and brother so that when I am out to eat or hanging out with a friend I can keep my phone on loud and only check it when those three ringtones go off. If I'm out with a friend and my phone rings and its not my mom, brother, or dad, it can wait. We often check Instagram or Twitter WHILE AT DINNER WITH ONE ANOTHER… How more important is it to check which picture Bob just posted than it is to spend quality time with the human being you are actually with? What I’ll do to stop this is, no matter what even if the person I’m with checks their phone, to not look at my phone. I’m lucky enough to have this special time with somebody.