Media Runs the World

How The Interpretation Of Media Impacts Our Life

What do Media and Media Literacy mean?

Media is a form of communication or a means to transport information efficiently. Through the media we are able to connect to people all around the world in a matter of seconds. It allows families to stay linked and united no matter how far they are from each other. Media has also grown to become a major form of entertainment, so much so that many people say it’s a distraction, but because everyone is so glued to their phones and TVs and other forms of media, it allows an easier transfer of info. In addition, the media allows us to gain knowledge of current events and it facilitates the process of accessing important information, therefore it greatly influences us. As we grow more into a technological world, more and more people have to use new types of media as a way to send and get information. For example instead of reading the print newspaper every morning, now some people just turn on their phones, click on an app and get their information through there instead. Therefore, people have to be media literate, which I think basically means that one has to be able to understand how media works and how to get information through these new sources. As the times change, we change and we revolutionize because we find better ways to do things. It is now really important to be media literate because people need to know what is happening around the world, it is basically our only way to learn about the current events, the warnings, and sometimes it also serves as entertainment.

Social Media Addiction - Will There Ever Be A Cure?

My attempt at 24 hours without Social Media

I say attempt but I should probably say failed attempt. I took those last two minutes to Snapchat/text goodbye to my friends telling them that I was going to stay off of all social media for the whole day. However, what I didn't think about was that they were all going to respond and I wouldn't be able to answer or explain my spontaneous actions or at least not until later. Anyways, I lasted through the first block, easy. I actually thought maybe I could make it. But good things always seem to come to an end, and as I stepped foot into my next class, my phone started buzzing and buzzing. It was Snapchat. “Ding” a light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that my boyfriend doesn't have any service in school so the only way we usually communicate is through the Snapchat chat box (because he figured out a way to get internet connection). I lasted through second block, but I started to feel guilty. Then, it happened. I typed in my password and there it was, the little white ghost with the yellow background staring back at me. I tried to justify my actions in my head: "It’s the only way to communicate with him", "it's not like I'm posting anything on my story or am on Instagram." But honestly, I feel like by the end of the day I would've just logged on anyway and mindlessly scrolled through my feed because it has become a habit. In addition, I know it doesn’t make my failure any less of a failure but out of all the social media I just used the Snapchat chat area to message my friends, so basically like texting except through other means. I did not go on Instagram, twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or any other social media website. So although, I know I can still probably be described as another social media addicted teenager, I think I did okay. I will definitely try the challenge again because it has made me realize just how dependent I am of my social media, and I think it’s silly to be controlled by something that can just as easily be learned about through talking to people face to face.

Fact Checking - Everything on the internet is true... right?

Fact Checking is Essential

Unfortunately, most people don't double check what they are being told on the internet or checking the rumors that they hear from their friends over current events. That leads to a cycle where false statements are cycled through our society. I, sadly, very often fall into the category. I will read an article or listen to something my friend said and immediately trust it as a true statement when it isn't. I occasionally do this when trying to find sources for projects. I find an article about it on the internet and add it to my essay or my presentation and cite the source but I could be adding false information. While researching the article over the O.J. Simpson Case Knife, I realized that while a lot of the information is correct, there are other parts that are not completely true or are exaggerated. For example, what is true is that a knife was turned into the police station that could be the weapon in question but the exaggerated part said that it was the actual weapon when in fact they haven’t actually confirmed that it is, since the knife is still in research/analysis. Although it is hard for me to trust people, most of the time I accept the information that they relay onto me. This of course should not be acceptable because when I bring up the same information with my other friends, all I do is relay more incorrect information. Another reason that I, as well as others, don’t double check the facts they receive is because probably because we have become too lazy. It would take us more time to go back and figure out whether or not what we are being told is true, so instead we choose to accept it. However, it could be easy since we literally have the world at our fingers with all the technology available. Subsequently, I think it’s important to check facts, or at least verify that the information is coming from a valid source because that way less rumors are created and less misunderstandings occur.

Informed or Distracted

Reflection over 1984 Passage

The passage reflects today’s society in the way that unfortunately we are easy to control or influence. The passage states that “films, football, beer & above all, gambling filled up the horizons of their mind” and in our present day society, many of us take part in similar activities. Consequently, it is these activities which distract us from the important subjects of our lives, like world events or family because instead most of us are focusing on what matters we choose to turn away from responsibilities and be lazy. I am also guilty of such actions. For example, occasionally, instead of doing my homework I choose to binge watch Netflix and as a result I don’t get anything done that I needed to. However, because we are so easily distracted, we don’t pay as much attention to the major events that occur around the world as well as in our communities. We put so much importance on movies, sports, reality tv, social media and others that figuring out what the “new trend” is more important than the Syrian Refugee Crisis. In addition, social media isn’t generally used to inform people of news but instead as a form of entertainment and because we are more exposed to those posts, citizens don’t think about bigger issues that affect the world. For instance, today the percentage of voter participation in the United States in steadily decreasing which shows how as generations pass, people are starting to care less about issues that actually affect them as citizens and their country. During the Vietnam War, students rioted and protested in order to prevent being drafted into the war and because it was an issue that directly affected them. However now, with all the distractions of social media, movies, sports and even things like drugs and alcohol, people are not taking advantage of the voice they have over our government, which allows the government more control over us.

If Only It had Happened - How could one event greatly change the world?

The Paris Commune

Today we see Paris, and France in general as a peaceful place that every one has on their travel bucket list as country they want to visit. However, this republic was not always under control. In fact, during the wake of the Franco-German war, following the defeat of Emperor Napoleon III, there was an insurrection in Paris. Paris had been over taken and a socialist/communist group called the Commune came to power because the Commune wanted to prevent the restoration of the monarchy. However, the Commune only lasted so long. They were not able to organize themselves and after a few months, in May the Versailles government was able to attack a weak area and destroy the Commune government. This rebellion however if successful would have made Paris the first communist state in the world, luckily it was not. Subsequently, rebellions like this are so powerful because a group of people come together with a a similar idea and they spread their idea until they gain more and more followers and eventually all the people that agree come together to make their ideas a reality. For example, in this situation, the Communards (members of the Commune government) did not want to go back to a monarchy type government so they decided to create their own type of government, a government that they wanted. Then they gathered all the people that shared similar ideas as them or people who also didn't want the monarchy to be reinstated and they rebelled to get their way.

Edward Snowden: Who is he more alike Winston or O'Brien

Winston vs. O'Brien

Winston and obrien are both like Snowden in the way that they both worked for the inner party of the government before they started questioning and going against the party. Snowden worked for the National Security Agency until he leaked information over the NSA Surveillance activities in 2013.

It is interesting to see how in 1984, the issue is over how the Party is constantly watching its citizens and how Snowden was going against something similar.

In addition, in the biography, Snowden stated that he left his girlfriend in Hawaii without telling her that he was about to disclose government information. In this way, I think Winston will do the same thing because when Obrien was asking Winston what he was willing to give up for the Brotherhood (his life, freedom) he brought up Julia & while Julia shouted "No" to the idea of them being apart, Winston was hesitant when answering the same way. I think that in the future Winston will act similarly to Snowden and leave Julia to help the Brotherhood.

In addition, Winston's job is a more similar to Edward Snowden's job in the way that in both of their jobs they had access to a lot of information. Winston works in the ministry of truth and therefore sees how the party manipulates its citizens by changing the history and in Snowden's case, he realized how the government or the NSA specially was taking advantage of its power and invading the privacy of the citizens. Both of their jobs led them to realize that the government was acting in the wrong way.

O'Brien on the other had is more similar to Snowden in the way that he is portage D as mysterious and kind of untrustworthy. Like Snowden, O'Brien seems to be a leader or leading the rebellion.

Subsequently, O'Brien and Winston both have characteristics similar to that of Snowden.

Opinion over O'Brien

Up to this point O'Brien has been shifting roles. He was first the good guy, the beam of light that signified hope for Winston to do something against the party. However, it is all a lie and he turns out to be part of the Inner Party and a Thoughtpolice. O'Brien was explaining to Winston, when Winston first saw him at the prison, that he (O'Brien) was brought in a long time ago. That makes me wonder whether or not at first O'Brien was like Winston and had committed thought crime and they brainwashed him extremely to the point that he turned to the other side. Therefore I think that maybe towards the beginning O'Brien was a victim but he himself is brainwashed and greedy with power that he became the villain. Later on in the torture scenes, O'Brien explained how the party only controlled the citizens and manipulated their lives because they enjoyed holding all the power. In this way, the Party as well as O'Brien are the bad guys because not only are they like a communist country but they don't control to keep peace between the people, they do it because they want to.

1984 Theme

In 1984 Oceania is a dystopia. Throughout the novel, the author describes how the citizens of Oceania, especially the outer party is restricted by constantly being monitored and by being fed only information that the Party chooses to give them. Citizens are forced to speak Newspeak, a special language created to limit the individual thought. Additionally, citizens must watch the broadcast of Two Minutes Hate which directed all the citizens frustrations and anger toward a common enemy, Goldstein, the Brotherhood and whichever country they were currently in war with. However, the people are not receiving the truth, unlike stated in its name, in the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works, their job is to recreate the past so that every lie that the Party tells is changed to become the truth. This way, the Party is always right and the citizens have no reason to mistrust them. Consequently, like stated in the book, "Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party" (249). This signifies that while proles and outer party members think they have a brain, it is so greatly manipulated with the Party's lies that it is not actually individual thoughts that are produced in their heads.

Reflection One: Media Lit Course

My ideas toward the meaning of media literacy have not changed completely however I have come to obtain a bigger understanding of what it means. Media literacy is how we interpret what we see on the media and the impact that it has on our lives. And now more than ever, media has a large impact of our lives specially because more people are using technology and therefore we can receive information more efficiently. Through media literacy and the duration of the class I came to understand that the way we receive information is extremely important. Through reading 1984, I realized that with the information that we obtain, we base our beliefs. For that reason, we trust our media providers to give us the truth and the correct information. However, I also came to understand that through media, people are able to express their opinions and consequently impact other groups of people through that. The Media Literacy class was different from my other language arts class in he way that it was a little more interesting because it had to more to do with the present or what is going on in the world today. For example, we were able to study how social media plays a large part into how we receive our information and how it has slowly become a bigger aspect of our lives. It was also different in the way that I feel like there was more group work and more discussion and that allowed me to understand the unique perspectives of my peers and therefore helped me open my eyes to the different ways that I could interpret the material. In order to better this class, I would only fix the amount of time taken on 1984, while I enjoyed going farther in depth in the story, I think that if the book study was sped just a little bit more, students would have stayed more interested and invested in it for the duration of the study.

"Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?"

Entry #9

We have developed an unhealthy relationship with our technology especially with our phones. We have become dependent on them and while we say that this new technology helps us connect with people it actually helps us lose touch of reality because we are too invested in the lives we lead through the technology. In order for this issue to not become permanent, we need to make a change immediately. We need to re-establish the idea that we don't need phones to communicate with others. That we don't need to hide behind a screen to say how we really feel. That we don't need technology to connect with other people, because we can do it face to face. Chick-fil-a is doing a great job of encouraging people to connect by disconnecting at the table. They instilled a program where if the whole table can go the whole time they're eating without their cellphone, they can receive a free ice cream cone.

A big aspect of our attraction to technology is social media. We are addicts but I don't really think there is a cure. Unless we stop using it as much, I think more people are going to get hooked. The more people that become addicted, the more people will lose communication skills. People will only hangout to take pictures or to post stories but not actually live the experience. We will literally just live through our phones.

In order to impede myself from joining the millions of people already cuffed onto social media, I could limit myself to a certain amount of time a day or a week so that way I don't always have to be on my phone. I could also work hard so as to not use my phone when I'm hanging out with other people but instead enjoy the time I'm with them. I would encourage my friends/family to do the same.