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1. Media literacy is when a person consumes media, and understands not only the message, but the influences and implications, or hidden purposes of a message. Originally I figured media literacy was being able to understanding the meaning of media messages. However, I now understand that media literacy in not only understand a message, but knowing what impact it is meant to have on the consumer, what the message sender is trying to convey, and what they are actually conveying. Also media needs to be purposefully and carefully consumed. Consuming media out of habit or in a state of automaticity with no purpose leaves the consumer open to attenuating to messages they normally would ignore. Now that we understand what media literacy fully entails, we are able to put it in practice for ourselves. While we could use co-viewing or active mediation to help spread media literacy, not everyone is open to being taught media literacy, it is better to direct people to classes or groups that teach media literacy so they can seek it out if they desire. By telling others about media literacy, hop…
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…rposeful about my consume media, and use media to best benefit me. Also this course has taught me the physiological, emotional, and cognitive effects media can have on me, and how knowledge structure works. Lastly it helped me better understand the education system and how some of the concepts we learned in class have been or could be applied to increase student learning. Lastly I learned not only that a class such as this exists, but also now I can explain what media literacy is, and hopefully get others interested in classes such as this.