Media Literacy

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One way or another, media literacy has some affect on your life. I use media outlets for school, socially and for my job. I believe myself to be highly exposed to media and am working on raising my knowledge of media literacy. I often find myself duped by advertisements and buying into media agenda setting. I am trying to teach myself to not take something at face value but to instead take a media piece, understand it and then be able to enjoy it because of that connection (Baran, 24). It is important to dissect a media outlet, understand what their agenda is and form my own educated opinion on the product.
Before I returned to school, I had earned an Associate’s Degree and had an impressive resume as far as occupations go. What I found is that because of the rise in competition and media literacy in the past five years, my previous job occupations mattered little. But was I being stereotypes as an uneducated female? Information is so easily accessible now that the bar has been raised. If you don’t allow your media literacy to become stronger you will be left behind. Students are being pushed because the information they need is there with a click of a button. When I was in high school, I was using a card catalog at the library. Now according to W. James Potter, 50% of 17.4 million incoming students arrive with a laptop and spend an average of 3.5 hours per day on the internet (Potter, 5). In order to get ahead, I have rejected media’s influence in some areas through denying their agenda setting. According to Baran, “agenda setting is the way newspapers and other media influence not only what we think but what we think about.” (Baran, 109). With the election I make sure not to simply listen to Fox News or CNN but instead many sources so I can make an independent opinion. When I go to vote, I will know why I am voting for the candidate because of…...

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