What is media literacy?

Media literacy

What does is mean to be media literate?

Media literacy is like the different versions of getting a message around to both your friends and family or to the whole world. I believe media literacy is about the type of ways we can go around publishing information that others can see, for example we have Facebook. Facebook is a website to where you can add friends, family and supporters to whatever campaign you are running. You will be able to do an update post to what you are doing or what is on your mind by either typing it, posting a picture, video or a link. There are many other types of media literacy examples in the world, for example the newspaper. Newspapers have been around for decades and this is still a way we get information around today. Newspapers are usually filled with typed information from news agencies so if you do not have televised news, or if you are old school, the text print is the way to go. There are many companies that half of us human beings would not know about if it was not for our news agencies using these media literate site and or paper publishers to help them. Media literacy includes all social media sites, because if you can create a blog, or make a fan page for your favorite celebrity and keep the world posted on their behalf, that to me is media literacy. There are many more social media sites out there including Twitter, Instagram, Myspace, YouTube, and more… To be media literate I think you have to be connected with some type of social media site, or be able to get news from another source, whether it’s your friend telling you about their favorite artist upcoming concert, or you reading about it online, that is media literate.

My Thoughts

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Whether it is from the television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media it is media literate. I personally think this is a pretty good topic to talk about because we all can relate to being media literate. You never think about doing something unless it is called out upon you attention, you wouldn't be reading an article about guns getting banned in the U.S and be like I am media literate, no that is not how it works unless someone who was reading an article about media literacy one can say oh I am being media literate as I read. Ten years from now I can see the world of media in a new era because of the technology we have now and the new day to day inventions I think almost anything is possible. With so many social media sites and so many social media apps already accessible from handheld devices sometimes it will be hard to guess what is next, but we already see that you can read blogs and articles off of the watch on your arm. Maybe ten years from now we will have a robot to come to us and tell us about the score of the Thunders basketball game, or maybe we will have Siri reading us our favorite article on the web. Social media is a permanent tattoo to everyone because once you post something, you never know if half the world has seen the post you posted already whether it was a video or a tweet about you throwing up at work, many others have seen it already. Maybe in the future there will be a website that verifies you are you by submitting private information that you and only you should know, and you post a face picture of yourself and the computer generates all the pictures and videos that your face is included in and gives you the option with a one-time fee of deleting the pictures and posts of you.

Nationwide 2015 Superbowl Commercial on Childhood Death

In the commercial “Nationwide 2015 Superbowl Commercial on Childhood Death” (2015), Nationwide Insurance, a nationally known insurance company, contends that “the number one cause of children deaths is preventable accidents “ and at Nationwide they believe in protecting what matters most, your kids. Nationwide develops their facts by associating accidents with others in the past and comparing what the causes of the accidents were and determining if they were avoidable. While using events from other cases and putting two and two together, he articulates facts about what he wouldn’t be able to do because the fact that he is killed in a car accident, he asserts that he would not be able to learn how to ride a bike, he wouldn’t be able to get cooties, he will never learn to fly and travel the world with his best friend or he wouldn’t ever get married, he just couldn’t grow up because of the accident that could have been prevented by the drivers. Nationwide apparent audience is men and women with children who drives automobiles because he opens and closes the commercial by directly lecturing those who drive and offering to give them insurance in a sensible subterfuge tone; however, by using a kid to describe how they are going to be missing out on things in life and perceptions of themselves, Nationwide makes their commercial for those who drive and who has been in or who hasn’t been in an accident and tells drivers how accidents can be prevented.

Nationwide 2015 Superbowl Commercial on Childhood Death


Donald Trump Quote (Politifact)

"It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

This quote was told by Donald Trump on May the 6


of 2011. You do not know what to expect out of Donald Trump considering that his vocabulary skills are on an elementary school grade level and not to mention that he is not even a politician he is just a really successful businessman. He is basically comparing his golf clubs to same sex marriage. This is what he thinks makes for a conservative with a big heart? Commonly, entities who reveal that they have standards, not just middle class people but billionaires also actually worry to reflect the lives other people live. There are unadorned long-standing penalties for same-sex couple’s run-down of the rights and protections of marriage equality, but Trump thinks a golf figure of speech does justice to the issue in spite of the fact he took two fiascos on marital statuses himself. Trump can only see things in the world as attractive or unattractive, and he has no time for anything he finds unattractive. This also goes into play when he was criticizing and making fun of Ted Cruz wife.

Ted Cruz said President Obama is using the military as social workers:

During an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, Cruz complained that United States military leaders were taking too many cues from the president. “It’s not our job,” he said, “to be social workers in Iraq and put them all on expanded Medicaid. It is our job to kill terrorists who have declared war on America and who have demonstrated the intention and capability to murder innocent Americans.”

I understand that terrorist should be killed if they are a direct threat to the U.S. but if we go to their territories and we are shooting at them killing innocent civilians (even if it is by accident) while trying to kill their military, doesn’t that make us the U.S. terrorist to their country? There is a golden rule that everyone is told in their younger days growing up and that is to treat others in the way you will want to be treated. If we are there killing them, and do not exactly no why, they are going to say hey, “you are impostors and I am told to eliminate the threat.” By being in the military I know for a fact that I took an oath, and once I took the oath I am then turned into a government tool. I went through training and I know if war is declared I will be sent for sure into combat since my unit is number 2 on the ready list. If there is a threat here in the U.S. or a threat trying to approach the U.S., I say yeah we should destroy the threat. If the threat or so called threat is overseas and is not trying to approach the U.S., why should we go over there peaking our nose into things making us a threat, wouldn’t that make us a threat? If we do not like it when enemies dread on our soil even if they are not trying to cause problems and we kill them, how do you think other countries will feel towards us? Just because the power and the military is there, that does not mean it is good for you to sit there and abuse them like they are dogs. I know I signed my life away and I know when personnel above me say go when they say so I know I have to do it and it just goes on.


Between 1941 and 1943, underground resistance movements developed in approximately 100 ghettos in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe. Their main goals were to organize uprisings, break out of the ghettos, and join partisan units in the fight against the Germans. In July 1942, Heinrich Himmler (1900-45), the head of the Nazi paramilitary corps known as the Shutzstaffel (SS), ordered that Jews be “resettled” to extermination camps. (The Jews were told they were being transported to work camps; however, word soon reached the ghetto that deportation to the camps meant death.) Two months later, some 265,000 Jews had been deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp, while more than 20,000 others were sent to a forced-labor camp or killed during the deportation process. In April 19, 1943, Himmler sent in SS forces and their collaborators with tanks and heavy artillery to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto. Several hundred resistance fighters, armed with a small cache of weapons, managed to fight the Germans, who far outnumbered them in terms of manpower and weapons, for nearly a month. However, during that time, the Germans systematically razed the ghetto buildings, block by block, destroying the bunkers were many residents had been hiding. In the process, the Germans killed or captured thousands of Jews. By May 16, the ghetto was firmly under Nazi control, and on that day, in a symbolic act, the Germans blew up Warsaw’s Great Synagogue. An estimated 7,000 Jews perished during the uprising, while nearly 50,000 others who survived were sent to extermination or labor camps. It is believed that the Germans lost several hundred men in the uprising. This is much related to 1984 because there are constant monitoring of the people that is held there. 1984 and WWII How Orwell captured the idea Background on 1984 Time Period Hitler and Big Brother Conclusion Hitler and Big Brother - Orwell wrote 1984 after WWII. Orwell was inspired to write this book after WWII because he saw the world as he knew it begin to change. -During WWII many people thought the world as we knew it was going to be gone. People were terrified and scared that the world was going to be ruled by Communism. -Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 and lived until the end of the second World War where he took his own life on April 30, 1945. Hitler was one of the most evil people the world had ever seen. He almost eliminated an entire race of people. Hitler gained power by fear of the Germans who were in massive debt and had an insane inflation rate. Adolf blamed the Jews and thus was the spark of the Holocaust. Big Brother although a fictional character, draws many ties from Adolph Hitler and his dictating persona. Orwell used Big Brother to show evil doesn't just have to be in Germany. he wanted to show that it could happen anywhere in the world. There is just many similarities I can go about in ww2 and in 1984 but it is too many to go through. They are closely related and since 1984 was written afterwards, I would say it is based off of that war.


This passage is much like society today, there are people who are born in poverty and they believe that they have to make a change because their parents didn’t make the change before they got there. Most people think that if they really do not have money, kicking their feet up, turning on the football game and drinking a couple of beers is a nice and fun time for them if they do not have the money to go out and have fun like the average family. Think about it this way, Society is basically a how to live your life and make a come up for dummies manual. The real world is divided into many parts. You have the Envoys, Employees, Suppliers, and the Currently Unemployed. If you are lucky enough to be born directly into the wealthy level, you are set. However, for most of us, the hard working people who give 90% of themselves to their jobs to try to get a advancement and get to the point where you can afford to take a second to breath, we have fight battles. We don’t know what trendy clothes feel like. We don’t know how a BMW drives. We have absolutely no idea of what superior manners to use. We are basically common wealth or common people. Common Law applies to us. We live by the saying, “Beggars can’t be choosers”. We don’t really have a fair chance in Society because the poor is getting poorer and the wealthy is getting richer. Today there are many problems with technology also. Some people can barely go five minutes without using their phone, its like their phone is stuck to them by cohesion. Society first tries depressing us. We don’t give up. Then it slowly starts creeping up on the things we like the best. It tears it down, and we are left with nothing. Society takes lead on us because we don’t have the power or money to do the talking for us. It makes it almost impossible to get anywhere without pain and sweat unless you have the money to get rid of constantly on a day to day basis. It makes us work until blisters form on our feet, and hands. When we finally reach a tiny little comfort, it makes us feel unworthy and less then. It’s amazingly horrifying how many people give up. There are people on streets begging for money because that is easier than working, there are people that resort to suicide because they are scared to ask for help. So many people are afraid to speak their mind, because the thought of judgment and prejudice haunts them. This is why we need to defeat Society. All of us need to put a stop to these rules we have to play by. We have to start living our lives with courage and strength. We are not living this tough life to please society. We should live our lives for ourselves. We cannot control, people have their own opinions and we must respect that for it is our Natural Right, but we shall not stand in anyone’s way.

smore 7 performance final

We have learned so much about media literacy and what it means to be media literate. I remember the definition i gave to be media literate is Media literacy is like the different versions of getting a message around to both your friends and family or to the whole world. I believe media literacy is about the type of ways we can go around publishing information that others can see, for example we have Facebook. Facebook is a website to where you can add friends, family and supporters to whatever campaign you are running. But now i think of media literacy as something different. I see media literacy as a way to get things done, not just a way to get things done but media literacy is like the expression of life to me. If you can express your way in any way possible i believe that you are then living media literate.Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Whether it is from the television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media it is media literate. I personally think this is a pretty good topic to talk about because we all can relate to being media literate.There are many things we done this semester that involves being media literate as far as 1984 and us taking note on the book every time we read it. When we did politifacts and talked about the president. Those are just a few but our input on the super bowl commercials was fun and media literate. The socratic seminars we done were media literate also.

smore 8 performance final video reflection

There are many things that happen to people over many years and considering that phones are hurting people health is phenomenal. just because you have a cellular device does not mean for you to be on it all day and all night and not spend time with your family.Cell phones are a source of electromagnetic fields, radiation which creates change in anything it comes into contact with. EMFs emanate from mobile phones and because of how phones are used, these EMFs come into direct contact with the brain. More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone for a long period of time -- ten years or more -- with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. These critical diagnoses are even more common when phones aren't switched from one side of the head to the other when engaged in conversation. People can fix this before it is too late by going out with the family and going swimming or out on a picnic and lock the phones away for a while. in the video I do find it really ironic how he pulls out a brand new iPhone 6 and rants about how bad cell phones are to you. There are and will be many implications to such cell phone use even if it includes vision loss, lack of sleep but the most severe and saddest part is getting cancer from phone use. I am going to overcome this because I am me and I work all the time, I do not go everyday blogging about my life, I try to keep to myself and do me. I am not a person who stays on their phone 24-7. I love to get up and play. These critical diagnoses are even more common when phones aren't switched from one side of the head to the other when engaged in conversation. some people do have unhealthy relationships with their devices but it is not every one problem, but it is about 95 percent of people problems. We can stop this if families have game night, like board games or go out to eat without the phones.