Media Blog Reflection
Throughout this semester, I learned about advertising and the media’s effects on us. I’ve learned how advertisers, especially large companies, use hidden techniques to convince the audience to purchase their product. Because of this unit in advertising and media literacy, I’ve become more aware of subliminal messaging. It’s also shown me how important being an educated consumer actually is. If you aren’t, companies will easily take advantage of you. You will be more likely to spend more on what you don’t need. If you’re educated, you’ll know when advertisers are using certain manipulation techniques on their customers. You won’t be a victim. In order to avoid becoming changeable and dependent on others’ views everyone should learn to form their own. They can do this by understanding how to use media literacy skills (being able to think critically about media and its intentions).
Learning about this topic has not changed my media consumption. I still am constantly on my phone or my computer. However, my awareness of what I’m doing has increased. Before this lesson I was partially unaware of what the media was putting head (messages about women, politics…), now I am conscious of it. I am constantly on my phone (and that may never change), but I actually know how to create my own opinions. Instead of believing and agreeing with what I see online, this unit has taught me to research further, in order to form my own beliefs.
Keeping these media journals, has been a pretty good experience for me. They allowed me to reflect back on some of my favorite shows, movies or things I’ve learned. Posting media blogs gave me a platform to talk about what I wanted in a productive way. I hope that people enjoyed reading my blogs and understood my opinions.