What is Media ?


To me media refers to a various means of communication. Things like videos, broadcasts, radios and so on, are all included in the media category. There are different forms of media, such as social media, advertising media, digital media, print media, news media, recording media and etc. Social media includes such things as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Kik. It is social communication through the internet. Digital media is electronic media used to store, transmit, and receive information. Print media is the communications delivered via paper. News media are things like radios and newspapers, sharing certain world broadcasts. I believe media literate means giving out the correct information to others and using proper grammar. Media literacy is understanding the mass work of media, how different media cites run, how media cites are organized and how to use them correctly. Media literate person understands the special features and effects on a computer or work cite. Media has become a big part in everyone’s daily lives and has shared much knowledge to people. Media is used and looked at everyday by thousands of people. Media is a big part of many big companies as well. Companies use social media sites like linked in the connect and plan events.

Heinz 2014 Super Bowl Commercial

9/11 Attack

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were targeted to fly into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane was targeted to hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and a fourth plane had crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The first two planes that headed out first were the ones aiming for the twin towers, but they just so happened to miss and hit down in a neighborhood not too far from the New York twin towers. The other three planes had hit right on target and the Pentagon just outside Washington was now destroyed, and the fourth plane was crashed on a field in Pennsylvania. These attacks were referred to as 9/11, and resulted in extensive deaths and destructions, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. A few hundred were killed, including firefighters and police officers. We were just lucky more weren’t killed and that the two planes had missed the twin towers, holding thousands of people in them.

On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel aimed for the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. People sat there looking out the windows watching a plane go straight for the building that they were currently in, worried with nothing to do, nowhere to go. The plane had just missed the tower and crashed down into a broken neighborhood, with a huge explosion, killing a good hundred people. As people are frantically running around, freaking out, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane came for the north tower, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center’s south tower hit just the side of the tower but had joined the other plane and crashed into a neighborhood just a few feet from the other. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets near the explosion. We now knew America was under attack.

“The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.”


I wrote about 9/11 because it was a huge event in history and made a huge impact on the world today.

SuperTramp- Brother Where You Bound

There's a red cloud hanging over us
And it's so big and it's gonna burst
All you people with your heads in the ground

Hey brother, where you bound?

And they're no good and they're everywhere
Try to tell you but you just don't care
Yes I hear you but you don't make a sound

Hey brother, where you bound?
Hey brother, where you bound?

And you don't know, what they're gonna do?
And you don't know, how they feel?
And you don't know, what they're tellin' you?
Is it a lie or is it real
And the next thing that you know is
That they walk out on the deal

And the message that they're giving you
Is the same old alibi
If you don't quite see their point of view
Then they treat you like a spy
And the phone rings and you disappear
In the middle of the night

Can't you see they're on the move
Don't know what you're trying to prove
But you sit there oh! so cool, like they never broke no rules

And the cat flies and the crow walks
And the ghost dies and the sow talks
And they tell us, that they'll be as good as gold
Hey brother, where's your soul?
Believe nothing that you're told

Make a move in one direction, try to make some compromise
But they greet you with rejection, making out you're telling lies
Then they turn around and tell you, better get down from the sky

For the sake of all that's holy, listen good to what I say
I can feel them all around me, they could be here any day
But you act like you don't know me, why do you look at me that way?

If there's one thing that is clear, we gotta get away from here
We've gotta leave this place, it's just a hopeless case
Ain't no one else to blame, we're gonna lose this game

Hey brother get off my back, I gotta tell you, you're way off the track
They got a hatred deep down inside
Ain't gonna let them take me alive
I'm gonna burn them down, just wait and see
Ain't gonna let them, walk over me
Boy, you ain't got no heart and soul
And your mind is weak and your blood's running cold

You better move, you better hide
They're getting in, they're getting inside
If you get caught, you better know
They're gonna reap, you're gonna sow
Don't be a fool, we gotta go
Ain't no place safe for us to stay
We better move on, we better move on
We better move on, we better move on
We better move on, we better move on

The song “Brother Where You Bound” automatically reminded me of the book 1984. The song explains that where he is and everywhere he goes there is no good and is no freedom. Winston is stuck in a place where the government has complete control over their world that they live in, all of the people, and everything that takes place in that world. Winston is lost and confused and feels hopeless. Winston wants love and freedom but knows that will never be. The song says “The message that they’re giving you is the same old..”, and just like in the world of Oceania the messages that they are telling the people are all lies and they are trying to manipulate and gain control and power over everyone and everything. The government makes you think and believe anything they want you too, whether it is true or false. The song relates in a manner of having to watch out and not get caught, they are everywhere, you better hide, and if you get caught you better know, what the consequences are. There is no safe place in Oceania, you are always being watched and if you mess up its done for you, no turning back.

Media Lit Reflection

Media literacy opened my eyes to many things and has taught me so much about social media that I didn’t even once think about. I learned that media sites and technology can have a big impact on not only yours but other people’s lives. Media is a big waste of time and many people each day are affected by things other people say as well as things they see. Bullying is a big problem on twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook. Not only are people getting bullied but people don’t think about the things they post, like their phone numbers, their addresses, and even their place of work. This class was a great experience and finally different from other Language Arts classes. The fact that the things we reviewed over and talked about opened many people’s eyes and made them realize there is more to life and the amount of time kids/teenagers spend on their technology is crazy, this class showed a lot and I believe made a huge impact on not only me but everyone else. This class wasn’t all about writing essays and reading stupid books but about discussions and opinions and incite of your peers. It was good hearing other people’s opinions and the way others, in a way, look at life. Everyone always has so much to say and they were all able to speak up and speak their mind. I feel like maybe there was a lot of work after work that could be trimmed down but I feel like that helped us get prepared for college and challenged us to be the best and to stay focused but it was also very stressful. I like that we didn’t the same thing all the time that it was something new and exciting every day. I very much enjoyed this class and think it was taught well.