The Media Literacy Circle of Empowerment (EDAP.org) proposes 5 processes of media literacy that you should consider:
Learning about the pervasiveness of the media in your life, the ways that media are constructed, the workings of the media industries, cultural messages communicated by media, uses and effects of media.
Discussing the forms and contents of the medias various messages, as well as the intent of most mass media
to persuade an audience. Learning to evaluate media messages and make meaning of these messages. Evaluating the media industries and our use of mediated communication. Analyzing how technologies affect media industries and culture.
Developing your own informed opinions about the negative and positive effects of the media and deciding to do something about it this can be in the form of praise for healthy media, protest of unhealthy media, or development of campaigns to educate others with regard to the media, to change media messages, etc.
Learning how to work with media and use media to develop and publicize messages that are healthy, constructive, and all too often ignored by our society.
Improving your skills in knowing how to access and use different types of media radio, newspaper, internet, television, etc. This, in turn, leads to further awareness of the media and how it works, which leads to a deeper analysis and so forth.
You will work independently to write a 3-page paper that includes the following:
Media Literacy Assessment (1 page): How has your media literacy changed over the course of the semester? Consider the Media Literacy Circle of Empowerment (see explanation up top). Explain how your skill level has changed for some or all of the skills: awareness, analysis, activism, advocacy, and access. Be specific in your explanation. Provide examples to illustrate your points.
Course Reclection (1 page): Of the many things we have talked about this semester, which was the most memorable to you? Think about WHY it is memorable to you? Do you consider it socially important? Did you find it surprising? Did it challenge your thinking about the media? Was it particularly relevant to you? Explain your reaction, and why it was impactful to you.
3. Dialogue (1 page): For this portion of your paper, you will interview 1-2 of your friends (could be someone in 2100 or not) about the topic. Engage in a dialogue with them, assessing their opinions of the topic. Be sure to include some direct quotes from the people you interview. Finally, reflect on whether you agree with your friends opinions and whether your agreement or disagreement with their opinions is informed by class material.
PLEASE NOTE: Please list the people you interview, date/time of interview in a reference list with a pseudonym for them. Also, you will be expected to press your friends to think critically about these topics. We are looking for more than just quotes saying yeah, advertising is bad, or I dont really think the media affect me.
Paper Formatting: Your paper should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Acceptable fonts for this assignment are: Times, Times New Roman, or Garamond. Include a cover page with your paper title, name, section, instructors name, and the date. Include a References page that lists your interview information. The cover page and References pages are not included in the page count.