Analyzing Society Surrounding You
Tammy Pham | 4th Block
Journal #1 (Media Literate)
The term ‘media literate’ sounds as if it is an easy and straight forward word to describe, but really there are a variety of ways to interpret its definition. The formal definition of the word media is the main means of mass communication. The definition of the word literate is (of a person) having the ability to being able to read and write. When I see the word ‘media literate’ I immediately think of social media and technology and what role it plays in our society. I believe that to be ‘media literate’ it means that one is educated about the media and is aware about their surroundings pertaining to that of media. To elaborate what would be labeled as ‘media’, I would say it would include magazines, newspaper articles, television, books, games, poems and the list can go on. Being ‘media literate’ does not only limit to having knowledge on what’s going on in the real world, but it would also mean that one would have to fully understand what is being perceived. I would assume that being ‘media literate’ is a positive term to be described as because obviously you wouldn’t want to be talked about as illiterate, but also because from being media literate you can infer that those who do read and pay attention to things in the media have a better understanding of broad topics and complex types of different media’s being received. For example, simply learning from reading and writing different works, you can learn different styles and techniques in order to develop reading and writing skills. Being ‘media literate’ has no limit to how ‘literate’ you can be. Your knowledge of the media continues to expand and develop because the more you present yourself with higher level and complex works, the easier it will get to understand media. (305 words)
For my first thought I simply thought of social media. 1. Obviously because the word media is actually in there and 2. Because you learn from social media and people share information.
These are the first 25 words that came to mind when thinking of what relates to the term "media"
When thinking of the term "media literate", I imagine someone being able to read and comprehend what is occurring. Being able to understand literature is a useful skill to have
Journal #2 ( A Day Without Social Media)
On January 14th, Ms.Lowe gave the class a challenge of going without using social media for 24 hours. She said that the challenge is to begin at 4:00 P.M. It started off going well for the first couple of hours until I had some time to myself.
I hung out with my boyfriend right after school until around 5:30, so that kept me distracted for the first two hours. I left since my mom needed me to run a couple of errands for her and I wasn’t done with that until about 6:30. Afterwards, I had to pick up my brother at his friend’s house and finally was able to head over to my mom's house in Norcross in order to drop off some items I had picked up for her. Since I was in my car driving for the first 3-4 hours of the challenge, I wasn't able to use my phone. I didn't arrive home until around 8:00 P.M. After my long day outside of the house, I went home to complete some work. As soon as I got home, I had no time to waste because I need to submit my UGA application immediately in order for it to finish processing on time. I skimmed over my application and touched up my essays and was able to finish around 9:45 P.M. Earlier that day I was up early, due to the fact that I haven't been sleeping much, so by the time it hit 10:00 I was feeling lethargic. I decided to study for thirty minutes and then eat dinner and shower so that I could head to bed a little early. Right before I went to bed, my cousin sent me links and links of Instagram and Vine videos and we were just sending these back and forth. Jenny texted me and asked if I completed the challenge right before I was going to bed (around 11:00) and I felt like a complete idiot! I feel that if I could easily keep myself distracted throughout the day, it would be so much easier for me not to use my phone. I feel that I'm very good at staying off my phone when I have company or I have to take care of my responsibilities.
Journal #3 (Media Messages)
Media messages are so powerful where they can make us so easily influenced to follow trends and to continuously be updated about what’s new all the time. Media messages are impacting society negatively where even in commercials and ads there’s false (or negative) advertising and gender inequality. Some ad’s don’t even make sense or have relation to what their actual message is. To be honest, I’ve always been one to look past commercials and not really give much attention to them until I did my project about social media’s impact on body language and I realized that our society is was influenced the ideas of media messages. People who create these messages want to portray what will attract the most attention and what people typically agree with the most. Things that are aesthetically appealing tend to get more attention. Models in commercials are photo shopped and air brushed and the way these women look is so unrealistic. This makes me really question what is actually legit and genuine and what is artificial and fake in society. I may even be guilty to conforming to having to follow the trend. An example would be that I recently viewed a bunch of makeup commercials promising to enhance my physical features, only to be disappointed in the end because the way they made the women in the commercial look is just so unrealistic. These women looked so great with flawless outcomes, yet when I tried to do the same and it ended up looking awful. I’ve been giving more thought lately about the true messages of advertisement and can use this to be more cautious with falling for sales tactics and to avoid envying the unreachable goals of the standard of ‘beauty’ that media messages portrays.
Journal #4 (Fact Checking)
Journal #5 (Researching a Rebellion)
Journal #6 (Obrien: Victim or Villain?)
Journal #7 (Reflecting on media Literacy)
The way I view media literacy has not really changed but has really expanded to get more in depth behind the understanding of why things happen in real like (or I guess you can say in literature). Things like "media messages" to how we have to ability to come up with topics for Socratic seminars is what media literacy is built off of. To he media literate, you basically must understand what is going on around you in your society and why these are happening. Being media literate is to be able to question what goes on in your life and to those surrounding you to learn by building off on not only what you experience what the media shares and publicizes. Basically, in summary you are simply aware of the society surrounding you. Honestly looking back I really enjoyed this class with our discussions and activities because it was more of an open ended response class to express your true knowledge and understanding of an issue rather than doing just standardized testing. Something I feel I can take from this class, or more of a unit I liked the most, is the media manipulation where you have to understand our world is greatly based off the idea of how can I benefit the most out of interacting with people. You have to be careful when investing in something because, yes it's good to be actively involved in your economy but you also want to think about yourself and your own well being. invest in yourself before others. I feel that this language arts class was work of conceptual rather than factual. Just to elaborate, I mean that there was less reading book after book and more of analyzing life and why things are happening rather than reviewing history and literature analysis and why books are written the way they are. I feel that we could spend more time doing group and interactive work with more Socratic seminars because those units are what I enjoyed the most.