Views of Media

Shayla Strange

What is Media Literacy?

Being in the media to me is that everything is out in the public and open for everyone to see. I see the media as into celebrities lives and they make their lives very public, so that the average people in the world can see what they are up to. We also find out who they are dating, what their latest style is, who they are fighting with, etc because the media keeps us so updated with everything. I consider the media being paparazzi or news broadcasters on shows like E! or even CNN because they are so open and on air talking about these things. Not only does the media talk about celebrities, but it also keeps updated with other countries, wars, news on politics, etc. because that is the media's job. Their job is to blow up news more than what it needs to be because it will cause more attention and make the people more involved on whatever the situation may be. Social media as well keeps us updated with a lot, even with our friends on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. We can see where they are going, what they are doing, and also who they are with even what they are about to do or go. Social Media is one of the biggest things going on in this generation, because we can do so much behind our iPhones and computer screens without having to send out a text about it to our friends, we can simply let all of our friends see at once. Being Media Literate to me is understanding what you are seeing in the media light and what you are reading. To be literate is to be able to read and a magazine is a perfect example of being able to be media literate. As you are looking through pictures and reading articles about celebrities and their daily lives you have to understand what exactly is going on.

"Gracie" By: Cheerios

The Super Bowl commercial “Gracie” (2014), Cheerios, a well-known cereal brand implies that Cheerios are a part of family’s everyday lives. Cheerios developed the idea of characterizing the members of the family as Cheerios while the father explained to the young daughter that she will have a new sibling. Although families explain to their children about new additions in different ways Cheerios exemplifies a biracial family which is something that is not accepted nor seen on national television. Cheerios purpose was to warm the hearts of people who enjoy a bowl of Cheerios, and those biracial families that may not feel accepted around the world.

Cheerios 2014 Game Day Ad | "Gracie"
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Miley Cyrus: America’s Sweetheart


Shayla Strange, Reporter


Wed Mar 12, 2014


CALIFORNIA – The inspiring Hannah Montana, better known as Miley Cyrus, is now on her great path of adult hood, growing up being the role model she was destined to be, making classy video after the next having the little girls across the country who adored her love her even more.


“I don’t enjoy cocaine or acid but I do love weed and other social drugs.” In an interview that was broadcasted everywhere, America’s sweetheart, Miley Cyrus, inspired us all and proved herself to be the classy role-model she is. In her music video, Wrecking Ball, she showed us her modesty by straddling herself to a wrecking ball while swinging in her conservative birthday suit. In her “23” video, she was smoking quite a few illegal substances, but in private of course. Isn’t that so considerate of her? Showing little girls that looked up to her everywhere that smoking is indeed acceptable when it is in private.


After chopping off all her hair, she continued to mark her body in art. Beautiful designs all across her body with inspirational quotes that shows everyone she is who she is and that no one can tell her otherwise. In her party themed video “We Can’t Stop,” she shows us that only God can judge her and no one else. That is indeed the innocent, country girl that we knew and loved and grew up with. The way she lit up a joint at the recent EMAs, really showed the whole world that she “can’t be tamed” and doesn’t plan to be anytime soon.


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Radioactive, 1984 Theme Song

The song that I chose to describe 1984 is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. I chose this song because I think it fits very well with the book and Winston’s personality and his take in on how they are living in this dystopian society. The first lines to the song open in as “I’m waking up to ash and dust, I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust, I’m breathing in the chemicals.” I love the last line to that, breathing in the chemicals reminds me of Winston, because I just feel like he thinks that everyone is breathing in Big Brother and living by his standards day by day instead of trying to be their own person. As the song goes on it says “This is it, the apocalypse.” Winston feels the same way, the world is ending, individuality will be no more, and people are disappearing out of nowhere. The Though Police are everywhere and people are watching you even if you don’t notice. The chorus begins and it describes being woken up and feeling it in your bones enough to make your systems blow, and then it says “Welcome to the new age” the new age as in loving Big Brother forever and always. This whole song describes Winston’s personality and outlook on the society, driving him want to go crazy about this world.


LYRICS:

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa

I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We'll paint it red to fit right in
Whoa

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

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Reflection

While looking back on my first entry of the semester and my view of Media Literacy, my opinion has not really changed but I have gained a lot more information from this course. My ideas on the Media have deepened in a way, because you get to see some of the behind the scenes type work in this class. Edward R. Murrow’s speech about how the media is going to control our lives in the future interested me in a lot of different ways because you see this old film of a man talking in front of a dinner party then it turns dark. He speaks the truth and all that he says is very true, and some of which that has already happened. The Media Literacy class has been a very interesting and entertaining because while also learning about the latest gossip on celebrities or big names in the news industry or even watching V for Vendetta; we seemed to have meshed that into British Literature as well. I really enjoyed this class because I had seemed to be learning while I didn’t notice that I was. I know that I will be taking a lot away from this class and carrying it on with me to college. I have learned that when things are posted online it does not mean that your teacher will let you know and that you have to have responsibility for yourself to know when things are due, and also that you won’t get let off the hook all the time. I know that college will be a very big step for me and I am very ready to handle it. This class was different from any other language arts class, because at one point yes we were reading a book for weeks but the way we would read, stop, and reflect on it is very different from any other language arts class that I have been in. In the future I think what could be done a little differently is trying to handle all of the work that you have to do online and in the classroom, you could try to separate the work order and keep all the work involved into the lesson rather than jumping back and forth between each. Overall this has been a very fun and exciting class and I have loved being involved with it.