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Media Literacy

The various forms of media are creating a big epidemic in this time and era. Media has produced a way for people all around the world from different countries, states, and backgrounds to come together and communicate in unique ways. This particular form of media I’m referring to is social media which possesses program such as twitter, facebook, myspace, Instagram, tumblr, etc.. These sites have billions of people from all around the world that use them. On these sites over the years people have composed and created there own language. This language is full of acronyms, a group of letters put together that will spell out a phrase or group of words. This language if not studied by a certain group of people is said to be targeted to a certain demographic. For some people who haven’t been on these sites or any type of internet lately will be illiterate to this widely spread profound language. I believe that these sites have created a great way for people to communicate and meet new people they probably never would’ve met. But is also making people lazy with the new language that is coming about and making kids illiterate to the actual language that they need to speak. I would say to be media literate you would have to be able to get on any of these sites and have a regular conversation with a teenager or adult who uses this language. And it’s really only being able to have a meaningful conversation in a certain group full of words. That’s what I believe being media literate is.


 Oikos in "The 2014 Super Bowl Commercial" shows an example that Oikos is among the most desirable yogurt around the world. Oikos supports this example by demonstrating a woman licking the left over yogurt of a mans mouth and hands. The companies purpose is to show the desperation and temptation for the product for the attractions of the fairer sex and to even show a little "sexy side". The commercial is shown in a tempting, sexy, and slightly humorous tone for men who are attracted to women.

MLK Assasination Attempt

At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper's bullet. He fell to the ground and crawled to some cover where he pulled out a gun of his own, an AK-47. Him and the sniper traded shots for about an hour, and at the end of the hour Jesse Jackson came around the corner with a rocket launcher and shot the sniper down. King had been standing on the balcony smoking marijuana in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennesse, when, without warning he was shot. The .30 caliber bullet entered his cheek, traveled through his neck, and finally stopped at his shoulder blade. But it was no match for the almighty Dr. King. After the hour shoot out he collected as many as 4 bullet wounds and was rushed to the hospital. He was charged with possession of illegal firearm and 1st degree murder. After these charges violence and controversy followed. In outrage of the murder, many blacks took the streets across the United States in a massive wave of riots. The FBI investigated the crime, but many believed that MLK's attempted assassination was from a man who claimed his wife had an affair with Dr. King. James Earl Ray was the man murdered in the shooting. And after years of trials and appeals Dr. King was put in jail for the rest of his life without a possibility of parole. This only caused more riots from people believing Dr. King was innocent. After years of protesting and strikes for Dr. Kings release from prison, the Supreme Court still denied his release or retrial. It was rumored but not proven that Dr. King was plotting his escape for decades and had built tunnels at night while sneaking out of prison. So on his birthday in 2013 he tunneled out of prison. Before he got out of the prison that night he encountered about twenty – two security guards and killed them all with a knife. After he did that the military was called to stop him and he tossed hand grenades at every single one of them. He went to the wardens house that night and killed him and then went to the bottom floor and proceeded to tunnel out of prison. After Dr. King escaped from prison he went to the prison where they were holding the man that killed his soon years before at a rest stop during a car jacking and killed him in his sleep. He escaped the prison and made it back home to his wife and the rest of his kids. Once he was there he packed up all his stuff grabbed a cam corder recorded a message for the public on how he’s so proud on our stand for equality and the change hes witnessed in the world. He then packed up all his stuff and left the country to somewhere where he could not be extradited. Nobody ever heard of him after this and its said that he had to be long gone. Because of this event in history Dr. King will be looked at as more of a villian above the public than a hero. Which will put an end to most of his events such as MLK day and celebrating him in Black History Month.
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The O'Jays - Back Stabbers

Back Stabbers- O'Jays

This emotional and soul moving song by the O’Jays fits perfectly for the theme of the movie 1984. It is right in the same direction when talking about the amount and the emotional distress due to betrayal in this book. In the book there were plenty of examples of betrayal and “back stabbing”. Their friend O’Brien was one who gave them a place to stay and smile in their face just like they say in the song. Then after all that, at the end they found out that he was a member of The Party and he threw them in prison. The line that directly correlates with that is when they say “they smile in your face, all the time want to take your place, back stabbers”. Another example of extreme betrayal  is when Winston was being interrogated and about to be mauled by rats and is faced with a decision instead of taking the pain for the woman he claims to love, he betrays her and tells them to do it to Julia and not her. And  later on in the book he meets her and apologizes to her about his betrayal and sadly she did the same thing. This book was feel with emotion and betrayal from start to finish and this song fits perfectly because it was filled with the same elements from start to finish.

Lyrics - Back Stabbers- O'Jays

(What they do)(They smile in your face)All the time they want to take your placeThe back stabbers (back stabbers)(They smile in your face)All the time they want to take your placeThe back stabbers (back stabbers)All you fellows who have someoneAnd you really care, yeah, yeahThen it's all of you fellowsWho better beware, yeah yeahSomebody's out to get your ladyA few of your buddies they sure look shadyBlades are long, clenched tight in their fistAimin' straight at your backAnd I don't think they'll miss(What they do)(They smile in your face)All the time they want to take your placeThe back stabbers (back stabbers)I keep gettin' all these visitsFrom my friends, yeah, what they doin to meThey come to my houseAgain and again and again and again, yeahSo are they there to see my womanI don't even be home but they just keep on comin'What can I do to get on the right trackI wish they'd take some of these knives off my back(What they do)(They smile in your face)All the time they want to take your placeThe back stabbers(Back stabbers)Low down, dirty(What they do)(They smile in your face)Smiling facesSmiling faces sometimes tell lies (back stabbers)(They smile in your face)I don't need low downDirty bastards (back stabbers)

Media Literacy Journey

In this class I have learned by far more than just Language Arts from Coach Zopf. Through our rigorous reading materials and riveting class discussions, our class never once had a boring or dull moment. I have learned everything from how to write a précis to learning about different demographics and viewpoints around the world. Coach Zopf has taught a number of things to us this semester. One of the most important were texting or using your phone at all during class time. This was something he did not play about at all. We’ve also learned some new urban slang from different cultures in our class. Being able to use “freak” in a sentence in a positive and encouraging way, and knowing to not go certain places when “your face card is not A1”, or you might end up getting shot at. 1984, one of the books we read together as a class showed us the ironic truth about the present and what George Orwell predicted to happen in the future in his time. We learned about social media, Facebook, Twitter, satires, and a gang of other things. The difference between this Language Arts class and the ones before is that I feel I will actually remember everything I learned and carry it for a long period of time. Even though I experienced success in my previous years in the subject I learned about topics I would not know a month after I took the test. I’ve also never been anywhere close to remotely interested in the topics we discussed in this class in contrast to the others. Taking Media Literacy was one of the best decisions in my life. It encouraged hard work and dedication with the ocassional fun here and there. I feel that’s exactly what every class needs, because so many of the classes are so boring they cannot motivate anyone.