Media Literacy

Allison Shrake

What is media and media literacy?

What is the media? Media literally is the plural form of medium. It is the medium of how you communicate with a quantity of people. There are several means of media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Media has become a enormous part of our culture. It is now the most prevalent and widely used mean of communication. When you communicate through the media you must be media literate. Media literacy is an individual’s ability to use, understand, and create several forms of media. When using the media you must be media literate to comprehend and use. Media literacy helps construct the media. Without media literacy there would be no media because people wouldn’t use something that they don’t understand. Media is like a book. You must be literate to read the book or it is useless. You must be media literate to use the media or it will be useless to you. People do not realize how important it is to be media literate or media savvy this day and age. Bosses, coworkers and teachers are slowly transferring to using only forms of media. An example of this is in my English class for twelfth grade my teacher started using Schoology and Smore. He is teaching us how to use several forms of media in the class. We have only used paper once in his class. The rest of the work we turn in is through media. We are taught how to use the media because it is so prevalent in society. Media and media literacy are essential skills or tools to have.

Superbowl Precis

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General Mills in the commercial for Cheerios, which aired during the 2014 Superbowl, communicates to viewers that their product promotes family. General Mills advertises Cheerios by depicting a father explaining to his young daughter that she’s soon going to be a big sister by using Cheerios in place of people. The little girl understands quickly and convinces her father to get her a puppy because she has to be a big sister. General Mills attempts to get viewers to feel warm and family friends in order to sell them their cereal. This commercial uses an emotional tone which connects with anyone that is family oriented.

Write Your Own Satire

Satire: Ratchets

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There has been a large epidemic taking over the south. We are seeing nine inch acrylic nails, spandex pants, and weave. Ratchets are taking over. Phrases such as “pat don’t scratch” and “hold mah earins” are becoming more common. “Hide yo elbows, hide yo knees, hide yo lotion, because everybody be gettin ashy up in here,” says Georgia native Jonquisha La-A Brown. Some of these ratchets are even getting rowdy.

Shaniqua Bonquisha Washington was caught at McDonalds yelling, “Didn’t (clap) I (clap) tell (clap) you (clap) to (clap) stop (clap) talking (clap) to (clap) my (clap) baby (clap) daddy (clap) Tyrone (clap). He (clap) don’t (clap) even (clap) wanna (clap) be (clap) seen (clap) with (clap)yo (clap) bougjie(clap) self (clap). ” She was sporting a bright red weave, blue lipstick, large hoop earrings, and a curlers. She was later removed from the property and arrested. As she was forcefully put in the cop car her last words were, “I do it for the ratchets!”

There will now be ratchet awareness week in the first week of February. We must raise awareness so that as a nation we can find a cure. To prevent the ratchetness from spreading to yo hood, visit . If a loved one you know has started showing symptoms of ratchetness such as dying their hair with grape Kool- aid, leaving behind a trail of tumble-weaves, wearing clothes that are several sizes too small, joining a twerk team or have “Dance like a Stripper” as their most played song on their i-pod call 1-800-ratchets. They can get help. And remember…stay classy.

Kinetic Typography


Some sentences are super hard to say with a lisp. Sassafras and succotash scare some of society when said by these speech in-pedimented sufferers. Possibly some stage of someone's lisp may be stopped but until then speeches given by students, stars, and superheroes shall surrender to such lisps. It's such a sad thing when a word so scrumptious cannot be said sophisticatedly without being sacrificed by the sayers lisp.

Changing History

The Underground Railroad

In 1975 Harriet Tubman drove the train of the underground rail road and rescued several slaves. It was a tunnel built to help the Asians escape the black people of America. Blacks were oppressing the Asians. It was shameful to be an Asian in the 1970's. Harriet Tubman was the black railroad conductor. She ended up betraying all of the Asians using her underground railroad by driving the train to concentration camps. The asians were burnt and shot at in these camps. It was a 15% chance you would make it out of these camps alive. It killed off 80% of the asian population. Black slave owners would beat and starve their asian slaves. Asian slaves were treated worse than dogs. Asians revolted in the camp known as "japs". Several thousands of deaths occured the months to follow. The war between the Asians and the blacks lasted for 8 months. The Asians ended up winning and executed the black leaders who use to persecute them.
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1984 Theme Song

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video)


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see
I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me

Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he's dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooo
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body's aching all the time
Goodbye everybody - I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooo - (anyway the wind blows)
I don't want to die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro - magnifico

But I'm just a poor boy and nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come easy go - will you let me go
Bismillah! No - we will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go - let me go
Will not let you go - let me go (never)
Never let you go - let me go
Never let me go - ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no -
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
for me
for me

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die
Oh baby - can't do this to me baby
Just gotta get out - just gotta get right outta here

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters - nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows...

Bohemian Rhapsody in 1984

The song starts off questioning real life just like winston is questioning his life and momories. He doesn't know whether his memories pre- Big Brother are real or if he is just making them up. He has no escape from reality and the song also states this. He is just a poor boy he needs no sympathy because he just understands this is how his life is and will forever be. The song says easy come and easy go. Winston sees people in his life come and go when they are vaporized. It says mama didnt mean to make you cry. His memories are mostly of him being a bad child and making his mom cry. He says he just killed a man because his memories are of him being responsible for the vaporiztion of his parents and sibling. It says if im not back again this time tomorrow carry on carry on as if nothing really matters. This means he is waiting to just be vaporized. The song states too late my time has come, sends shivers down my spine body aching all of the time gotta leave you all be hind and face the truth. This is talking about winstons time in the ministry of love. The song also states that he wished he would have never been born at all. There were times in the ministry of love where he wishes he was dead. The song says I see a little stilloet of a man. He is talking about when winston looks in the mirror and sees what the ministry of love has done to him. It says thunderbolts and lightening very very frightening me. This part is talking about the rats that frightened him. The next lines in the song are him being tortured in the ministry of love my Obrien. He states he is just a poor boy from a poor family and winston is from a poor family. So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye so you think you can love me and spit in my eye, so you think you can love me and leave me here to die. This is winston talking to julia about her betrayal of him. The end of the song says nothing really matters to me any way the wind blows. This is when Winston finds inner peace in the end and cries for his love of big brother.


Media Literacy

In this class I learned several life skills such as how to write a strong essay and annotate an article. This class has been different then any other language arts class i have ever taken because we related it to real life events. It was fun because we used several forms of media while learning which kept the class interesting. The discussions were very interactive and created several different view points on the matter. I enjoyed how the class was not just a bunch of boring power points and books. There were several different forms of teaching to appeal to every type of student. i would change the part of class where we wrote so many precis' because it made me hate them even more. I would also move some of the annoying students out of my class and put them in the special ed classrooms. I also would spend more time of the satire unit because that was my favorite unit to learn. I honestly do not like this samore thing either. I would completely take this part out of the curriculum. It was boring and a hassal. I didnt learn anything from the samore website. Samores were my least favorite part of this class. I feel as if they are just busy work. I believe this 7th samore is uneccessary busy work. It is just writing a long paragraph on my opinion. I do not like writing about nothing for long periods of time. I would rather make a checklist or powerpoint then use this samore cite. I get annoyed with this cite alot. I would tell the students next year to not slack off from day one because they will spend the last few weeks catching up or actually failing which is not fun. I learned this the hard way. I have spent the past month or two catching up on work. I appreciate you taking late work though. As a senior I am appreciative for the opportunties you have given us to pass. I enjoyed this class but not enough to take it a second time during the summer. Hopefully this class will help me in college. It wont help me in my future proffession, nursing, but that is ok. It will help me graduate. Another thing I would change is I would not watch that indian movie. It was terrible and annoying. I am glad I slept through most of it. I will honestly miss highschool and some of the friends I have made. I have enjoyed learning and thanks for everything!!!!