What is Media Literacy ?
Media is the things outside of ourselves that we come in contact with everyday such as social media, or media outlets such as the news or websites. We often don’t understand the capabilities of these things and what they have the ability to do. The news reach billions of people every day, and there are billions of people on social media websites. These websites give us information on topics that we want to know about. The media is often seen as negative, because of false information, conspiracy theories, and the controversy that it causes. Also media is used to influence public opinion such as propaganda, which is used during election time. Literacy means to understand the capacity of an action. In this case, being “media literate.” Media Literacy is fully understanding the capabilities of different media outlets and how they could affect our lives and opinions on certain topics. But, you can’t always trust media outlets. They are created by humans, and as humans we usually twist things so that they are favorable to us. So, in other words the information we access may be totally false. This is when media literacy comes into play. Being media literate is important so that you aren’t easily influenced by anything you read online or hear on the news. People who lack media literacy are often influenced by the info they receive on media outlets. In the end, it is important that the world in some way, shape, or form is media literate.
Social Media Unit Reflection
Personally I feel that the unit was a needed topic. Social media affects our lives in ways we can’t imagine. We eat, sleep, and breathe the internet. We can’t escape the internet, it’s literally everywhere and we have even found ourselves relying in it at times. The unit, especially the social justice essay, should be discussed with our generation worldwide. I believe that we should always be conscious of what goes on around us, and we should always have knowledge on social issues. I think that the topic of social issues is essential to life in the real world. The real world’s issues are much deeper than the surface, and those of our generation should be more socially conscious. Everything ties back to the internet, but information is accessible to us easily. We can easily Google something, Bing a question, or easily ask Siri. The internet has become our connection to the world. We are like electric plugs, and the internet is the socket. We plug in and we have boat loads of information. This unit allowed us to research information from various sources and articulate our thoughts into an essay. This unit was an extremely easy topic for me. I discuss social issues with my friends daily, and I ty to always keep an ear to the news, but also research on the internet. I actually enjoy essays about social issues or social injustices period and the essay actually made me go home and research more cases on my topic. I wouldn’t mind doing another social injustice essay. Personally I would have made the paper longer but the paper was not based off of opinion. I also love that quote you constantly make, “I’m trying to turn you into teenagers with an argument.” I have been told that I can argue a subject but at times I have no evidence, and that my argument was essentially based on opinion. In the end, thank you for giving me an opportunity to fully express my complex thoughts on a paper. It was difficult at first, but it then became extremely easy.
Super Bowl Precis
The Haitan Revolution
On August 22, 1791, Saint Domingue rose into rebellion and pushed the colony into civil war. The signal was given by Dutty Boukman, a high priest of voodoo and leader of the Maroon slaves during a religious ceremony on August 14th. Within ten days, slaves had taken control of the Northern Province. The slaves sought revenge on their masters through "pillage, rape, torture, mutilation, or death." Within weeks the number of slaves had reached almost 100,000. In the following months slaves killed 4,000 whites and destroyed or torched 180 sugar plantation and hundreds of coffee and indigo plantations. By 1792, slaves controlled a third of the island and the success caused the Legislative Assembly to realize it. The Legislative Assembly granted civil and political rights to free men of color in the colonies o protect France’s economic interests. Also, they dispatched 6,000 French soldiers to the island. At the same time, in 1973, France declared war on Great Britain. Spain also joined to fight against France. Spanish forces then invaded the island joined by slaves, and before long there was only 3,500 French soldiers left on the island. Sonthonax, the French commissioner, freed all slaves in his jurisdiction. The decision was confirmed and extended by the National Convention in 1794. The National Convention formally abolished slavery and granted civil and political rights to ALL black men in the colonies. The slave rebellion resulted in approximately 100,000 dead blacks and 24,000 whites. This rebellion connects to 1984 in a couple ways. The slaves in this rebellion can be compared to the proles of Oceania. The slave of Saint Domingue fought for their freedom and ultimately gained civil and political rights. The proles are basically the lowest of the low in Oceania. They are basically slaves, though they are considered to be free. Winston, the main character in 1984, said if there was any chance at a revolution, it “laid on the proles” (Orwell, 1949). Basically saying that if there was any chance at a revolution than it would depend on the proles. The proles outnumbered the regular population, they were just ignorant. Winston also said he didn’t have much faith in the proles. He knows their mental incapacity and their ignorance to their current societal issues. They are essentially at the bottom of the society in Oceania, similar to how the slaves were in Saint Domingue. There are multiple similarities in their situations, but the only difference is that the slaves eventually snapped from their situation and the proles have yet to.
Are We A Nation of Proles
The passage portrays the life of anyone in the lower class almost directly. They grow up as working children and as they grow older their bodies deteriorate from the physical labor and they pass away. But other aspects of a prole’s life also directly mirror an American's life. For example," Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and, above all, gambling..." I feel we are proles to an extent; we have limited knowledge of what's actually going on, while the proles were totally oblivious. Though we may know little, we are clueless to how much information we actually don't know. A widely asked question is, “Does the media control us? “In my opinion it does. In a society where we depend on SOCIAL media, we do allow media to control a lot of aspects of our lives. For instance, the media assists others in formulating opinions, believing certain things, or recently who to vote for. I think that our dependence leads to our state of oblivion, and drives us further down the wrong path. We indulge in media constantly whether it be Snapchat or Facebook. Our constant indulgence shows we are controlled in a sense and media becomes a part of everyday American life. Because of this, I do believe that our minds are so infused with worldly distractions, that we don't recognize global issues or are desensitized to them and with T.V. shows that basically make fun of topics such as slavery, civil rights, and other controversial world topics. I feel that since we laugh at these shows we don’t recognize how serious these issues actually are and they become overlooked. Also we are creating new trends on social media every day and they often become important to us. For instance the blue/ black or gold/white dress. This was created and many say it was a distraction to MLK (Martin Luther King) Day. But we were so caught up in MEDIA that we didn’t realize it. I also think we have underlying messages in a lot of things. We have apps such as Instagram and Twitter that use the word “followers.” A follower by definition is “a person who moves or travels behind someone or something.” And followers often follow mindlessly not understanding what or whom they are following, which is bad for our future generations. I wouldn’t want my child to follow someone, I’d rather him or her lead something. My mom says a lot, “A leader is born, there are a million followers but only one leader.” This also correlates to 1984 because proles were essentially followers. They followed Big Brother and the party mindlessly not knowing why they did it or what it actually stood for. But, Winston did say, “But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire.” He says if they were smart enough they could revolt. But, is our nation is smart enough?