Media, the newest drug

Social Interaction, what does this mean?

Media Literacy

There are over 7 billion people in the world today. Communicating face-to-face has just become ancient with the gap in distance and space. Media has virtually taken over the world in communication. Media is today’s way of mass communication and is taken place through various mediums. Media allows for multiple people across the world to communicate to each other, whether it’s from the coldest tundra of Antarctica or a scorching desert in the Sahara. A simple “Hello”, “Hola”, or “Namaste” is all it takes to allow for two people to interact. These greetings comes in many forms, but the main form today’s world has been accustomed is this pixelated cluster of words, that you are reading this very moment actually, which is used to express our thoughts over complex, but yet so simple, keystrokes. Many people also communicate today with photos, sometimes of themselves, which is also known as a “selfie” for those who are media literate in today’s generation. But what is media literacy? In my own words, media literacy is the ability to comprehend and produce the various forms of communication that is involved with media. Referring to the “selfie”, a person who is media literate would understand this because a prominent way of communicating to another person is through sending one. A person who is aware of this form of communication is also aware of this slang used in communication through photos. In today’s society, many of the younger children are media literate, but the side effects of this are causing children to be illiterate in other things such a science or even something as simple as verbal communication in person.

AXE PEACE | Make Love, Not War (Official :60)

"Make Love, Not War" Ad Précis

Axe, the famous men’s body care company, released an ad on the day of the Superbowl 48 titled “Make Love, Not War”; the commercial portrays figures that are inclined toward violent activities (such as North Korea) that display acts of love. Axe supports this “Make Love” idea by showing scenarios of people who look like they are about to enter in a war-like engagement (like an Arab man who appears to have a bomb switch) and then cycles back through the situations in which the war-like engagements become heart-warming acts of love (the Arab man’s bomb switch ends up being for fireworks). Through this, Axe’s purpose is to show that their products make peace in order to prove to men (and probably the women buying the products for men) that their products are superior and are meant to, in a way, seduce women. By placing this ad during the Superbowl (a sporting event that is mostly watched by men), Axe intends for all of the men who are interested in football culture or watching the Superbowl to see this ad and hopefully purchase their products to clean themselves after a long (and manly, of course) day.

Gwinnett County Public schools announce graduation dates and times.

Pruthvi Hira, Reporter

Mon Mar 24, 2014

GWINNETT COUNTY- With thousands of students anticipating, Gwinnett County Public schools finally announces the schedule for graduation. Peachtree Ridge, Berkmar, and North Gwinnett are all set to graduate at 8 am at the Gwinnett Civic Center.

The schedule has every Gwinnett County high school graduating after noon with the exception of 3 schools. Schools such as Brookwood, Mountain View, Central Gwinnett, GSMST, Lanier, Mill Creek, and Parkview are set to graduate on the last day of school. Students from other schools showed resent of the schedule because of some school having a much earlier time than others and some schools also graduate days earlier.

“I have not been able to wake up for school in the mornings for the past semesters. I have probably woken up late about 20 times the whole school year. I couldn’t even imagine having to wake up at the same time to leave for my graduation” said senior at Peachtree Ridge ivhturp arih.

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Spies are watching you.

Coldplay's song "Spies" depicts the general society illustrated in 1984 as well as the concept of thoughtcrime (with references to the Thought Police) and lack of freedom. It includes lines such as "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? I forget everything I learn." and "And if we don't hide here, they're going to find us, and if we don't hide now, they're going to catch us when we sleep, and if we don't hide here, they're going to find us." It basically says that there is someone watching them from every corner taking away all of their privacy. “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 and if we don’t hide here they’re going to find us.” This relates to 1984 because Winston and Julia are in the search for a place to meet but it gets tricky since there are still microphones in places with no telescreens. Then they rent the room above Mr. Charrington thinking they can hide out, but they still get caught.

My Performance

My thoughts on the media have deepened since I have been in this class. One thing that really stuck out was the unit of advertising. We looked over certain topics and analyzed them to see what the actual message was and how they portrayed it. Nowadays whenever I watch TV I try to analyze every commercial I see and try to follow their advertisement methods. Coming into this class was quite different then going into any ordinary language arts class. In other classes we learn more about the literature and the history about it, but in this class we did a lot of looking at things with different perspective. I come from a family with stringent values and I have followed since I have been breathing. Reading 1984 was probably one of the best lessons we had, not so much the reading part but the activities we did with it. The book had a good overall message of how people are blindly following things that they here. People do that today which is why we have so much conflict everywhere. I feel like people don’t know what is outside of high school meaning the realities of it. This class taught me to look at things with a different perspective. No matter what color the other person is, he or she is still a human being and we should be good to them as well as ourselves. Every morning I wake up thinking of ways to become a better human being because I know once I graduate there will be no time to mess around and that I will have to work extremely hard. But I will know that I should make best of every situation and remember that there will be challenges and also opportunity. The course itself was well planned out, I know students would probably hate me for writing this but I think reading more book like 1984 is something we could do. I've never reflected so much upon a book, and I realized that they’re so many things out there we don’t know and it would be good to introspect.