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When I think of the word “media” I think of television broadcasting or the news. If something interesting happens in the world then the “media” gets a hold of it and broadcasts it to the world. There are different versions of the media. For example the radio, television, newspaper, magazines, or the internet. The main forms of media that people use is the television, internet and the radio. Before technology people would get their news by someone coming to tell them on a horse or in a letter. If it were not for the media then we wouldn’t have any knowledge of what’s going on. The definition of media is mass communication (esp. television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively. In my opinion to be “media literate” is to have knowledge of the media and how it works. The real definition of media literate is a repertoire of competencies that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. It is also known for turning passive media consumers into critical thinkers and media creators. Media literacy also teaches people to look for what is not in the media, and to ask why certain messages, viewpoints and perspectives are not included. It means understanding that all media is constructed, that it is the product of peoples and organizations representing particular interests, biases, and viewpoints. Having media literacy skills allow people to place media into a larger context. It means understanding how class, race and gender influence the media we consume.

Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "Puppy Love"

#BESTBUDS Super Bowl Commercial

Budweiser in the super bowl commercial, “#BESTBUDS” was a hashtag used as an advertisement that of which people of all ages could relate to. Using the Billboard charted song “Let Her Go” the heartfelt lyrics and melody is able to capture the viewer’s attention. Budweiser is aware that puppies and horses are animals that are loved by many. Budweiser’s purpose was to advertise a sincere relationship using these two animals that people love and persuade viewers that if a puppy and a horse can be “best buds” then so can a bottle of beer and an individual.

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd

"Another Brick in the Wall" (Part 2) - Pink Floyd

When Pink Floyd wrote the lyrics to "Another Brick in the Wall" George Orwell's "1984" had to be on their minds. The lyrics to this song reflect on a lot of scenarios in 1984. For example "we don't need no education, we don't need no thought control." Reading this line reminds me of when the thought police controlled everyone's thoughts. When I read the lyrics "Hey teacher leave us kids alone" I think of the symbol Big Brother. In 1984 Big Brother was the leader and everyone had to be like him. What big brother says goes.

"All in all you're just another brick wall" meaning everyone blends in and is treated the same. In 1984 no one has their own identity or thoughts. The thought police keeps watch on everyone by using telescreens and microphones. "No dark sarcasm in the classroom" these lyrics are used to describe the teachers who use "thought control" and "dark sarcasm" to mold the school children into mindless drones of society. "Another Brick in the Wall" is an anthem about reclaiming one's individuality and the lyrics are full of apparent conformity. Instead of mentioning "I" the pronoun "We" is repeated which means that the issues are worldwide.

"Do Teenagers really sleep too much?"

Sleep, “The natural state of rest during which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious” (Merriam-Webster) something that every teenager takes interest in. If they aren’t hanging with their friends then they are in hibernation in their room. Nothing is important until a teenager is rejuvenated from sleep. Teenagers have nothing better to do other than text all day and watch television. They are unmotivated and their lives revolve around sleep. Early in the morning teens always claim how tired they are or how they don’t get enough sleep. Everyone knows that teens get more rest than anyone. Research says that most teens need about 8 ½ hours of sleep if not more. Pretty sure teens get more than that especially with all the naps that they take during the day.


  • How have your views changed or deepened from your initial ideas on Media Literacy? I would say that my views have expanded on Media Literacy. I have more knowledge and I definitely have a better understanding on the subject. I surprisingly enjoy annotating texts and I find that I understand the text much better. I pick out little details that another person may not notice.

  • What did you learn? What are some things you are taking away from this class? I have learned how to become a better analyzer on what I’m reading and that annotations are friends instead of enemies. I will always remember how to write a précis I think that they are very helpful and they help you get straight to the point instead of beating around the bush. I learned that discussions are helpful in certain things and hearing what others think about the same topic are nice. I have a much better understanding on how to citate a source.

  • How was this class different than other Language Arts classes you took? I would say that this class was actually pretty fun and I enjoyed researching different things. I think that this class has prepared me well for college. When it is time to write a paper I will take what I learned in this class and apply it.

  • What could be done differently in the future to make the class better? I’m not sure what would make the class better. I enjoyed having Mrs. Hicks as my teacher this semester. I enjoyed how she connected with her students and kept it real. She sugar coated nothing which is what I appreciate. She understood our pain when we didn’t want to annotate but she helped us get through it lol. I would say that every class should have a discussion period to make sure that everyone is on the same page.