Media Literacy

What does media literacy mean?

  • Literacy means the ability to read and write and with media literacy means the ability to identify different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending. As well as analyze the news you are reading and understanding the statement.

 

Why so important?

  • Being able to understanding the text you are being delivered is important because you than will being able to divide real news and fake news and as well understanding the news.  There is daily fake news being delivered on social media platform such as facebook, this can be as small as “Trump is 14 years old” or as big as “Trump is planing world war three” which can make an chaotic reaction. Some news are easy to spot out as fake and some can be so legit that make it believable.

 

Should we work more on this in school? How?

  • We should definitely learn more on this topic at school since it has just a such an affect on reality, for example voting for presidency. Having fake new promoting how bad the representations are can change peoples minds in voting and have the affect on something as important as in who has the power. It can be as easy as in talking 15 minutes a day in class about the world topic and then students will learn about the world news and as well learn how to separate fake news and real news.
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Spotlight

I only got the see the ending of the movie and therefore I can not answer the questions as good as in if I had seen the entire movie.

8. Give two examples of how other elements of the cinematic art, such as shot framing, camera angles, camera movement, color, editing choice, or length of take were used by the filmmakers to get their point across.

  • From what I could see the movie used music as a element to effect the feeling of the situations in the movie a lot. For example the movie used all types of dramatic music all though to press on the feelings of the viewers. This gave me a chillin or anxious feeling which is what all viewers should get based on the serious cause this movie represented. In one scene they have children singing a Christmas song while one of the writers walks by and I think this was a strong scene because it shows the purity of children and as well shows the writers emotions and seeing him feeling hurt over the whole situation.
  • The movie used as well dark lighting to give a bit of the scary, dramatic reality feeling. For example in a dialogue they used a dark lighting so it was even a bit hard to see the characters. This gives a contrast from light lighting. If they had used very light and white backgrounds this had maybe not given the same emotions for the viewers.

9. The lesson the viewers can get from this movie is that not all publishers just post what they hear there is a difference from journalism and investigating journalism there they often very hard work beyond it and it can both be life threatening and difficult to succeed with. Going out with something that is wrong is always important, but researching can be just as important if you want to make a solid point and reach out to all the readers. The importance of publishing can affect friends and family and is therefore important of divided business life and personal life and knowing the cause if you are going to expose someone there will be consequences for them.

Multiculturalism

“My Son the Fanatic” and “Free for All” are both stories about living as an immigrant family trying to adjust into another society.  “Free for All” is a story where a who was growing up in Pakistan came to America to start a family and get a good job as a doktor. His only son who had grown up in the American society had no problem adjusting compared to his father. Likely as “Free for All”, the “My Son the Fanatic” were more about a son not being able to adjust in the American society compared to his father who loved working as an taxi driver instead of living in Pakistan, his home country.

The American lifestyle compared to Pakistan lifestyle can be bit easy to distinguish. For most part of immigrants coming from a more poor place, both in economy, political rule and non equality it can be an confusing to understand others culture. Growing up were women have no rights or opinions or were the man of the house is likely to give someone a slap each time they misbehave can be a huge difference from living in a place were if you use violence, abuse or discriminate you will probably end up in prison or get a fine.

With the story “Free for All” the father hit is son for misbehaving and quick later he had to spend a night in prison. Just his reflecting when he is saying “it is my duty to put him on the right path”, were he is not seing what the problem is and neither accepting of his wrongdoing. After his son showing him American lifestyle, the father tricks his entire family to Pakistan and after going off the plane he starts beating his son to show him no security will help in here in Pakistan.

With the story “My Son the Fanatic” it was an identity confusion for the son who tried finding himself as going to school to become something great for his father. This lead him to convert over to religion something at first pleased his father, but as soon as he didn’t recognized his son he got scared. His father had adjust more to America, than he realized. Something his son did not liked after following the Koran rules.

Both stories are about a troubling father-son relationship that both had opened endings. They reflect on coming into a new culture as a family and trying to adjust in their own ways.

Homework

The events Eddie and Langston are referring to in their letters are police officers shooting and killing two black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.

The message in the letters are on how since his sons childhood they have constantly been seeing black people/friends been murdered. They describe their feeling of been scared, not safe and not valued, how they feel haunted for having another skin color.

The impression I got from the American society is both gross and shocking. People being scared of leaving their homes and being scared of their loved ones might getting killed is not okay. It is inhuman for police officers that are supposed to be protecting each human being to be killing humans with skin color out of power abuse.

Character sketch – Amir

Amir is narrator of the story and the protagonist. He lives now in San Francisco but, grew up in Kabul in 1970s. He was then at the age of twelve-year-old. Amir lives with his well-paid father and lost his mother during his own child birth. Amir’s best friend and enemy is Hassan who is at the same age as him and both Hassan and his father works for Amir’s family as servants.

Amir is a very smart boy who can both read and write and is especially good at writing. He has a problem from seeking attention and that could come from his leak of affection from his father Baba who constantly work and in a way neglect Amir. This leads Amir to become a weak privileged boy who does not really know how to treat others with respect. For example, how Hassan and Amir are supposed to be friends, but Amir’s jealousy comes in the way and he feels too threatened of his relationship with his father. Amir is therefore very lonely and will often seek for attention with his father and try to create a more solid relationship, when for example telling his father he thinks he has cancer for making his dad feel sorry for him and showing him love and affection.

This characterizes Amir to become an weak, spoiled, smart, jealous, traumatized and mean character. 

Girl Rising

“The extremists have shown what frightens them most — a girl with a book.” This was tweeted by Malala Yousafzai when multiple girl schools were set on fire in Pakistan. There are over 131 million girls out of school. Why? Because girls are unworthy? Because girls are useless? Because girls are stupid? Or because girls in power are frightening? Or because girls are scary? Or because girls are smart enough to know their worth and fight back?
Girl Rising is a documentary that follow nine girls from around the globe sharing their stories and challenges. The movie was published March 7, 2013 in USA and was directed by Richard E. Robbins. The nine girls we follow are Sokha, Wadley, Suma, Yasmin, Azmera, Ruksana, Senna, Mariama and Amin.

The movie Girl Rising is built up with short stories from each girl and afterwards shows us facts about each issue girls challenge like for example the number of girls that does not have access to school. I think the facts and the numbers the movie gives us can be shocking for those who are not familiar with this issue. The message will make people more aware of how millions of humans are going through this and we get to see the girl’s emotions and feelings and not just the story. I liked how the movie showed small clips of the girls lives because that made it easier to see their story. It also made it more interesting than to just see numbers and facts, and with the clips it made the documentary feel like a film. It’s hard to say which of the girl’s story who gave the most impact on me when all the stories are so important and so moving. I found Suma’s story from Nepal very interesting and touching, the fact that she was working as basically a slave was quite shocking for me in the beginning. Her story shows her being sent off as a six-year-old to work for a master. She worked from 4 in the morning to late at night and her chores was cleaning the house, wash dishes, look after both the goat’s and children. Suma had a total of three masters and her role was called “Kumari”, and with the help of a teacher she later realized it was in fact slavery. Suma described her wanting to go back to her family but, thinking of how they also suffered she felt weak and felt that she couldn’t ask for that. This may be why this lasted over such a long period. Suma therefore no longer looked at herself as a victim after. From the impression that I got from the girls, they do not consider themselves as victims and I think that is because of the culture and traditions. When something has been the same way for decades it’s easier to accept it since that’s how it’s always been. Norway is such a good country when it comes to human rights, gender equality, school access that we literally feel the need to make up our own issues. As the fact that people take a buttlift and that gives us Norway’s main issue when it comes to social media. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine empathizing when I personally have no idea how to even imagine their life. Thinking of my life as having school access, having a job, a family and then trying to put myself in a situation where I don’t even have the right to go to school and the only job I could a have would have been as a “Kumari” makes me speechless since I can’t even imagine their feelings. I think it’s easier sympathizing with them since its quite impossible putting myself in their situation and therefore, it’s easier feeling sorry for them.

“One girl with courage is a revolution” is a phrase that fits great for this movie. Take Suma for example, her courage to try to stop others from having “Kumari”. She told that she was the last in her family to be working as a slave and now was stopping others in her town from keeping young girls as “Kumari”. This is courage, and this is revolution. Having girls like Suma fight for themselves and making them learn the laws and human rights is apparently scary. A girl with a book can make a revolution and weak power-hungry men should be afraid.
Sources-
“The extremists have shown what frightens them most — a girl with a book.”- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/18/world/asia/pakistan-girls-schools-fire.html?action=click&module=In%20Other%20News&pgtype=Homepage&action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

Facts- 131 million girls – https://girlrising.org/