Young Media Critics broadcast on Blogtalkradio.com live on Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit our website at www.youngmediacritics.com or like us on Facebook.com/youngmediacritics
Our show is based on “The Inquiry Process/ Free your Mind/Express Your View”-components of media literacy and media education as defined by The Center on Media Literacy . On Young Media Critics we discuss, analyze, evaluate, examine and comment on various forms of media and the messages communicated to us every day. It is not a show to bash media.
I’ll have a Medium, Please… Did you think I meant French fries or a diet coke?
Or did you think I just fell into the Gap to buy a new t-shirt? Look around you,
Media plural of Medium is all around you!
What is Medium?
When we consult Merriam-Webster dictionary we get several meanings.
plural usually media (1) : a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment — compare mass medium (2) : a publication or broadcast that carries advertising (3) : a mode of artistic expression or communication (4) : something (as a magnetic disk) on which information may be stored
Let’s use: plural usually media (1): a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment — compare mass medium
We get our information and entertainment from media. We learn all kinds of things about our world. Media messages inform, entertain and can even persuade us. The common thread of media messages is that they INFLUENCE us.
Media, like movies can be fun. We can all agree to that. Often times the media is not telling us the whole story. That can be a problem.
Have no fear - Young Media Critics are here!
There is an easy way to make sure we are not influenced without knowing it.
Think about what you see and ask questions.
Tessa Jolls, CML President, said "It is our dream that by the time they graduate from high school, all students will be able to apply the Five Key Questions almost without thinking...
Practicing and mastering the Five Key Questions leads to an adult understanding of how media are created, what their purposes are, and how to accept or reject their messages."
Here are 5 key questions you should ask about media messages:
1. Who made the message and why?
2. Who is the message for?
3. How might others view the message differently?
4. What is left out of the message?
5. How does the message get and keep your attention?
So the next time you read that book, or look at your favorite television show including the commercials, or driving along pass the billboards – say to yourself “I’ll have a medium and use it “my way”