Media Literacy

Understanding the Media

What Is It?

The media is a medium to connect with the world, whether about music, worldly matters, or sports. Media is both beneficial as well as destructive to individual’s character, reputation, and business. Media literacy is one’s knowledge, understanding, and usage of media. The news is a media medium that connects the public by informing it about matters in different areas. Sports players, actors, and musicians have had their careers ended and reputations tarnished due to false presentation in the media. However, the news does not always present accurate and complete portrayal of these matters. If one is media literate, it is easy to decipher between what is false, what is true, what is being left out, and why to all the aforementioned. Music is another medium of media that requires media literacy. Specifically, hip-hop is one of the most brainwashing genres of music. The glitz and glam of being a hip-hop artist leads to a dangerous life for many who try to achieve that hip-hop lifestyle. Social networks are a newer medium that can tarnish one’s image more rapidly than any other medium. Social networks are usually managed by that individual, which serves more reason for caution. That individual is in control of what is posted on that social network. It is more than vital to be media literate in this time and age because of how sensitive society has become with the constant advancements of technology.

Doritos to Invest In Time Machine

Doritos Launches New Commerical During SB XLVIII

Doritos encourages viewers to eat their renown nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips in their newest commercial aired during Super Bowl XLVIII. In this commercial, a resident of a family-friendly neighborhood is walking down alongside the street eating a bag of the original nacho cheese-flavored Doritos when his younger neighbor asks him to try his new time machine; however, it would cost the man his bag of Doritos. The company uses this particular scenario in order to appeal to the viewer’s sense of wanting to help a child and inspire their imagination as well as emphasizing how popular and desired these chips are. The message is projected with a humorous and adoring tone at young audiences which include small children, as well as adolescents and elders.

Natural Killer

Marijuana More Harmful Than Expected

States such as Colorado, California, and Washington have given in to the pressure of legalizing recreational marijuana. Those allowed to purchase must be twenty-one years of age or older and may only purchase a specific amount at a time, which is set by the state. Since its legalization, many "customers" have experienced medical issues, some even death, from smoking this herbal plant. "It's a natural herb, but the potency of it to kill is beyond any explanation we can provide." said Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Jr. White House Speaker issued a statement to recall marijuana released to the public to investigate the cause of death and injury from its use. Was giving in to the pressure worth the lives of our citizens? Is their money that important to the government.

Equality

Equality is a controversial societal issue that has yet to be understood and practiced. It's a matter that tears families, businesses, and nations apart. In a dystopian society, equality does not exist due to a greater authority. This greater authority control everything and everyone so how could there be equality? Much like our own government, we do not HAVE a say so as much as we'd like to think we do. We have to take what we deserve by force which results in destruction. It results in a deeper dystopian society. Race equality will never be acknowledged. It may be excused, and that's as far as it goes. Financial equality will never exist because money controls our world. It is the driving force that is considered security and protection besides weaponry. Equality is something our children's grandchildren won't see.

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Party Says Holocaust A Terrible Prank

No one died in the Holocaust. Some were punished for rebellion. Six million is the most exaggerated number. We cannot speak on why those were punished, but we will inform you to not rebel against Big Brother. The Party used forms of torture such as starvation, darkness, confinement and hard labor only to get cooperation out of those who rebelled. To explain the disappearance of some; vaporization. Big Brother could not risk those who refused to cooperate to speak upon what occurred in these camps. Those who have cooperated will not rebel any longer due the knowledge of possible consequences. We cannot speak upon the location of these camps due to precaution of interference from our enemies and possible revolt. These numbers will be erased, and so will any propaganda regarding this supposed Holocaust. We do not just kill; we want Unity out of you. And we want that Unity in Big Brother. This should serve as a warning of possible punishment to all crimes, even ThoughtCrimes. The Party will not stop this practice. The Party will get cooperation.

You're Not My Mother

[Verse 1]

This is gospel, for the fallen ones locked away in permanent slumber

Assembling their philosophy's from pieces of broken memories

[Pre-Chorus]

This is the beat of my heart, This is the beat of my heart

This is the beat of my heart, This is the beat of my heart

The gnashing teeth and criminal tongue's conspire against the odds

But they haven't seen the best of us yet

[Chorus]

If you love me let me go

If you love me let me go

Cause these words are knifes

That often leave scars

The fear of falling apart

And truth be told I never was yours

The fear, the fear of falling apart

[Post-Chorus]

This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart

This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart

[Verse 2]

This is gospel for the vagabonds, ne're-do-wells and insufferable bastards

Confessing their apostasies led away by imperfect impostors

[Pre-Chorus - Variation]

This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart

This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart

Don't try to sleep through the end of the world

And bury me alive cause I won't give up without a fight

[Chorus]

[Outro]

And truth be told I never was yours

The fear, The fear of falling apart

The fear of falling apart

The fear, the fear of falling apart

(This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart)

The fear of falling apart

(This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart)

The fear of falling apart

(This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart)

The fear of falling apart

(This is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart)

The fear of falling, apart

Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! At the Disco, expresses an exciting urge to rebel against the many adversities within society that conspire against the individual in their late 2013 hit single "This is Gospel". The Party basically gives the citizens, who are “fallen” or succumbed to their rule, a “gospel”. In the book this is rather known as blackwhite. Their spirits have been broken and those like Winston are building a philosophy from testimonials of those alive before the Party and trying to recover knowledge about life and the world before.

When Winston is captured, he is much like a prisoner in a real-life hell with all the torture he endures. “Criminal tongues conspiring against the odds” would represent those committing ThoughtCrimes or those like Winston interested in parties such as the Brotherhood. “But they haven’t seen the best of us yet” symbolizes the hope Winston feels lies in the proles.Julia and Winston vowed to never betrayed one another and expressed their love by letting each other go while keeping their promise. However, Winston feared loyalty to the Party because he would ironically lose his sanity, not gain it as O’Brien said. He and Julia were never one another’s because they still betrayed each other.

The second verse actually addresses all the citizens of Oceania. What the Party tells them all, including the Proles, is their gospel, their truth. The “apostasy” would be people’s loyalty to the Party but could also symbolize his private confessions of his beliefs and desire to be a part of the Brotherhood with O’Brien, which actually was public.

The line in the second pre-chorus, “Don't try to sleep through the end of the world

and bury me alive cause I won't give up without a fight”, relates to how Winston fought until the end to disobey the Party and O’Brien’s attempts to make him commit. Being put in Room 101 with the rats symbolizes

Media Literacy Reflection

In this class, I've learned the multiple tactics of media and how corrupted the information presented to the public can be. This course enhanced my knowledge of media and it's role in society. I knew about satire and advertising beforehand; however, dystopian and utopian were relatively new concepts. I gained a detailed understanding, which I will undoubtedly refer to, of how persuasive imagery and words are, especially through powerfully influential mediums.
In most Language Arts classes, curriculum covers the dissection and labeling of sentences, reading famous literature, and identifying moods and themes in a piece. In this Language Arts course, we discussed how influential words are. We examined the different ways to convey a message and how that message could still be misinterpreted. In other Language Arts classes, we wrote essays upon essays on various topics. Some were about satire, as we discussed in this course. Intricately speaking, satire is a part of our every day lives but some of us probably did not notice it until it was emphasized. Shows like Cobert Report just seemed to be poking fun until we actually broke down the topics and what the jokes made were truly about. class, and others were about a given topic. This course was more contemporary. Things we learned were relatable and easy to identify in every day life, just as easily as we were overlooking it. It was different from a typical Language Arts class because we looked at how media can affect our lives. We saw how the things we post on our social network can come back to haunt us whether it be when we're applying for a job or applying for college. The course taught us caution on the web and to be more aware of the dangers associated with media/social network usage.
I missed a lot of this course by making the mistake of not coming to school. Had I attended class more, I probably would have learned more about media and the different ways it's used to persuade teens and young adults. It's not that I don't already know anything, but it would have been more beneficial to me to have been in class and actually participating when these lessons were taught.