June 24, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle
By S. H., female, age 18
Media literate means that you are aware of the techniques used in advertising and other medias to be aware of how the media affects us. This class has made me media literate by educating me on the different types of media and how they operate to get our attention. It has made me notice things in ads and TV shows I hadn’t noticed before. I’ve learned about the conventions of different media and how they construct reality.
By looking at different medias, such as advertisements and analyzing the different parts of them, I have learning things advertisers use to get people to buy their products, such as weasel words like new and improved.
I have learned about the different angles used in TV shows and how they can be used to get certain effects. We have also learned about the other media such a s newspapers, which I hadn’t thought of as media until this class. I was shocked at how much advertisers pay to get their ads in newspapers and magazines.
All in all, I have really enjoyed this class. It was certainly worth taking. I feel like I am more aware of the media around me and how it affects me. We have learned from this class the codes and conventions and ideologies and values, construction of reality and commercial interests of all types of media.