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Media Literacy

Below you will find important links I've gathered to jump-start your understanding of Media Literacy. M edia is like a food you consume through your eyes and ears. It's good to know what that food is made of. Are you aware... There are fewer voices, as media ownership is consolidated in the hands of fewer than 10 wealthy individuals and global corporations News bias and public relations spin  (YouTube link for a film on modern -> " spin ") Violence is packaged as entertainment Children and teens are targeted by corporate advertisers Digital photo and film manipulation Media effects on community and personal relationships Media literacy is the ability to sift through and analyze the messages that inform, entertain and sell to us every day. It's the ability to bring critical thinking skills to bear on all media— from news, music videos, and Web environments to "product placement" in films and virtual display

The Matrix As Philosophy

" W h at is T he M at rix ? " T he Matrix represents all teachings, beliefs, and rituals in our lives that have no intrinsic value. It also represents things that we are "programmed" with, things that are passed from generation to generation without people ever questioning their validity. Some of these "programs" become so inhered in people that many of us can't see ourselves as separate from them. (How do you face your problem when your problem is your face?) From birth we are programmed with a name, an ethnic identity, a nationality, and often a religion. Since we are given these things from the very beginning they become part of the (unquestionable) fiber of our psychological "DNA". When you can "see" The Matrix it means you can see the "false" things for what they really are, programs. Agent Smith is the "strong arm" for the governance of The Matrix. He represents indoctrination,

500 Years, and We Finally Got It

The Florida Theater Marquee

● I was driving down Main Street and I caught a red light at the corner where it meets Forsyth Street. So I decide to take a look at the Florida Theater marquee to see who's playing this weekend. But... I couldn't see because there was a tree, a beautiful tree, but still... There was a tree blocking the sign. View from Main St. "They should remove the branches of that tree.", I thought to myself. But, then I thought that it's so hot here in Yachtsombeel, and the shade from trees is so nice when you can get it... Then I wondered why there's not a marquee on the other side of the Florida Theater, the side facing The Landing? B A M ! Here you go. View from Main Street Bridge. ●

Banda Aid - Cause This Is A Boo Boo

Mexicans + Lounge Lizard Clothing + Polka Music + Cowboys + MTV = Banda Bands Not that you asked, but since you're here I'll tell you. In short "Banda Music" is a type of Polka music played by bands that are comprised of Mexican men who dress like lounge lizards and often wear cowboy hats. In the 1880's this type of Polka music was cast into the bowels of the earth by German occultists, and it clawed its way, through hell, only to unearth itself in the northwest state of Sinaloa, Mexico. It then proceeded to hypnotize the natives into thinking this dark carnival music was "Lo Maximo" i.e. "The Sh*t". This is what "Banda" music sounds like: Look... My mom is from Sinaloa Mexico, and that is where Mexican Banda Music originates. It's a good thing my mom doesn't use computers because she'd probably disown me for speaking less than spectacularly about Banda Music. But damn, I'm sorry mom! They dress like

Facebooking 101

● T his post will supply you with some guidelines for effectively showing the world who you are, what you do, where you've been, who you know, what you're listening to, and what you're eating. We are all unique individuals and facebook has given us a venue to publicly chronicle our lives. It has also helped people crystallize their digital personas . American society has been through many fads and changes throughout its history. Fads like "Break-Dancing, owning a "Pager/Beeper", and having a myspace have come and gone (Whats a 'myspace' you ask? Haha!) . But, today having a facebook account is increasingly popular. Facebooking is not only a modern fad, it's a "meta" fad riding on the advances of computer technology. Having an "on-line" presence has become an essential ingredient for a successful life in society. There are many things that can make people assume you've "gone off t

Free Will vs. Neuroscience

Corporatization Of The Medium

I n 1964, media analyst Marshall McLuhan suggested that a given medium was more important than its message. Kimberly Butler of the Huffington Post interviews Amy Goodman along with Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera, Tim Zagat, Rachel Sklar, Carol Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Bob Simon, John Ziegler, Juan Williams, Kevin Macdonald , Mary Alice Williams, and Stephen Cannell. Corporatization Of The Medium Part 1 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo . Corporatization Of The Medium Part 2 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo .

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

One of the best books I've ever read... T he book opens with a deceptively ordinary personals ad: "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world." Seeking a direction for his life, a young man answers the ad and is startled to find that the teacher is a lowland gorilla named Ishmael, a creature uniquely placed to vision anew the human story. Ishmael's paradigm of history is startlingly different from the one wired into our cultural consciousness. For Ishmael, our agricultural revolution was not a technological event but a moral one, a rebellion against an ethical structure inherent in the community of life since its foundation four billion years ago. Having escaped the restraints of this ethical structure, humankind made itself a global tyrant, wielding deadly force over all other species while lacking the wisdom to make its tyranny a beneficial one or even a sustainable one... That tyranny is now hurtling us toward a planetary disaster of

10 Gruesome Bible Scenes In Lego

● David kills 200 men and removes their foreskins “David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king's son-in-law.” 1 Samuel 18:27 Samson slaughters 1000 men with donkey’s jawbone “Then Samson said,"With a donkey's jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey's jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” Judges 15:16 Josheb-Basshebeth kills 800 men with spear “Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.” 2 Samuel 28:8 40,700 Aramaeans killed in battle "David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers” 2 Samuel 10:18 Moses turns the river to blood in Egypt “Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and hi

You Can't Love Chocolate In Spanish

It's true... You can't say "I love chocolate." in Spanish. "Yo amo chocolate" is similar to saying "These lime green walls taste so good!" , Because in Spanish you can't love inanimate objects. The same way that in English you can't taste a color.