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Media Literacy for Dummies

Media

The web defines the media as the “means of mass communication such as the television.” I agree with this statement; however, I think that the media is more than that. The media is not only Facebok or the t.v., but it is what defines our culture today. The media determines what is cool and what isn’t, and also what we should wear or do with our lives. They have a large impact on society’s opinion and we act as a whole. Depending on what the media says or does, our opinions and mindsets are determined. They convince us of what is right and what is wrong, or who is good and bad by only showing us evidence to prove their stance. The media, to me, almost seems like a secret society with select members because people always refer to it as “the media says” or “according to the media”, but the media is actually just famous people we follow, television channels, twitter, Facebook, blogs, or any other site or person you follow. Being media literate just means you understand what is going on with society or culture today, and you understand how it works. This could be by having a Facebook or twitter account or by avidly following a celebrity or television show. It means you are also up to date with technology, like texting or messaging. In today’s day and age, not being media literate could be a handicap because of how popular and widespread the media has become.



Jaguar 2014 Big Game Commercial | British Villains 'Rendezvous' | Jaguar USA

My Precis

In the commercial “British Villains ‘Rendezvous’” (2014), Jaguar, a British luxury car brand, claims that their cars are “more precise”, “one step ahead”, and “obsessed by power.” Jaguar uses the iconic villain to represent their brand by comparing their stylish but rebellious cars to the Hollywood super villains, who pursue each other by speedily swerving through British streets and flying helicopters. Jaguar’s purpose is to portray that their cars are superior to other luxury car brands and they are driven by powerful people in order to convince viewers that they will be “bad” if they drive their cars. The advertisement is directed to someone who desires to be in control, or bad boys, by having the main characters be played by British villains who claim that “bad is the new good.”

Putin to be New Russian Hockey Coach

Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has just announced that he will be taking over for former Team Russia hockey coach, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, after their unexpected lose to Team USA in the Sochi Olympics. No one has seen Coach Bilyaletdinov since the lose, and some specialists think that he may have been banished to Siberia. I have been writing about sports for years now and have never seen anything like this before. The Prime Minister has never been a coach at the same time he is in office, but with Putin you never know what to expect, he will do anything it takes to stay in power and prove his manhood. Analyst suspect that Putin had the former coach kidnapped while he was in the locker room after the game, adn then exiled to Siberia. However, no one would confront Putin with this theory because they were too afraid of what he would do to them for asking. Putin then stepped in as the new coach and he plans on having the best team Russia has ever seen. Before Coach Zinetula was taken, our reporters had an exclusive interview him in which he stated, "Eat me, and I won't be here anymore" and when asked about the world championship he said "Well then, there will be a different coach because I won't exist anymore...". So we have concluded that as disturbing as it is, Bilyaetdinov suspected his kidnapping was coming and that he would be replaced after the tough lose. It will be interesting to see how Putin manages one of the world's best hockey teams, but no matter how they do, I'm sure the people will only have positive things to say about his coaching.

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Spies - Coldplay

Spies by Coldplay

The song “Spies” by Coldplay perfectly relates to the novel 1984 by George Orwell. The song is all about spies, hence the title, which played an important role in the book. The spies, or thought police, in the book were in charge of turning citizens into Big Brother, who would then vaporize them. People wouldn’t know who was part of the thought police and who wasn’t, so people always had to be following Big Brother in order to not be vaporized. Even children were thought police, and they would turn their parents in.

Coldplay relates their song to the book by referencing incidents that occurred in 1984. Coldplay sings “And if we don’t hide here/ They’re going to find us/ If we don’t hide now/ They’re going to catch us where we sleep” which is almost exactly what happened with Winston and Julia. They were going against Brother so they attempted to hide from him, and Big Brother eventually found them through thought police in the place they were staying, or literally sleeping. Coldplay also says “I awake to find no peace of mind” which is exactly how Winston felt. He was constantly upset because of Big Brother and trying to evade being caught by them. “I awake to see that no one is free” is another lyric in the song and it displays how Winston felt about the way Big Brother treated the people. The people had no freedom and were always told how to act or behave.

Lyrics to "Spies" by Coldplay

I awake to find, no peace of mind
I said, how do you live as a fugitive?
Down here, where I cannot see so clear
I said what do I know?
Show me the right way to go

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feelin' so bad 'cos you know
And the spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them, no
'Cos they're all spies, they're all spies

I awake to see, that no one is free
We're all fugitives, look at the way we live
Down here, I cannot sleep from fear, no
I said, which way do I turn?
Oh, I forget everything I learn

And the spies came out of the water
But you're feelin' so bad 'cos you know
And the spies hide out in every corner
But you can't touch them, no
'Cos they're all spies, they're all spies

And if we don't hide here, they're gonna find us
And if we don't hide now
They're gonna catch us when we sleep
And if we don't hide here, they're gonna find us

The spies came out of the water
But you're feelin' so good 'cos you know
That those spies, hide out in every corner
They can't touch you, no
'Cos they're just spies, they're just spies

They're just spies
They're just spies
They're just spies

Media Literacy Reflection Paragraph

Through the information we learned in this course, my view on the importance of media literacy has grown tremendously. At the beginning of this course, I honestly didn’t think media literacy was important and I didn’t think I would get anything out of the class; however, over the months I have had the class I realized I was wrong. I didn’t know most of the things we learned about in this class from Abu Ghrabi to the alterations of models by photographers in advertisements to the dishonesty and unimportance of news channels here in America. I feel strongly that every student should continue to be required to take this course because of the useful and meaningful lessons and information learned. The range of information taught in this class is broad, which may seem unorganized to some, but it actually makes the class that much more intriguing. I will take extensive amounts of information away from this class, but I would say that the most important thing I will take away is the importance of privacy. It is easier than I thought for the government or other citizens to access your person information, so it is of high importance to keep your information guarded safely and securely. This language arts class was by far the most different language arts class I have taken so far, which was a good thing. Although we read 1984 and took a test on it, we did more than just read, write essay, take notes, and take multiple choice tests like I have done in all my previous language arts classes. We were constantly doing something different and interactive, which in my opinion made the class more interesting and less traditional. We did projects, group work, wrote précis (which were new to me), had discussions, and watched informative videos about what is going on in the world today. I enjoyed watching V for Vendetta and learning about dystopian societies, and also learning about satirical devices because I had never been taught about them before. There isn’t much I would say to change in order to make the class better, but if I were to say something to change it would be the curriculum on the old writers and the packet annotations. This class is useful to all students going off to college because most of the curriculum is new to us, so it will give us an advantage in our college classes and help us get ahead of our fellow classmates.