Media Analysis Reflection

Throughout this semester I have noticed many little things in my life change because of this class. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that every time I see any type of media there is a little voice in my head that questions who the target audience is, the way the media is presented ect. Before coming into this class, I never even knew what a target audience was, let alone think all ads had one. Now that I have completed this class, I can definitely say that I have a much better understanding of the media in general and how it works.

I believe that it is extremely important for other schools to offer Media Analysis. This entire generation pretty much lives through media, so why would you not want to learn about it? This class teaches its students how the media works and shows everything that happens “behind the scenes.” This is a very useful class and could potentially prevent you from being scammed by advertisers.

Media Analysis is definitely the class that I have taken the most notes in by far throughout my high school career, but honestly I can’t complain. Before this class I wasn’t a very big note taker and thought it was very overrated, but after doing all the viewing guides, Cornell Notes, and annotating I now understand how to take useful notes. Without having this skill there is a very good chance I would of had a hard time in college, but by taking the notes and practicing it over and over again I am 100 times more confident in my abilities. By getting all of the practice in, I now really like taking notes and even do random annotations in books that I read on my own.

Personally, I am a very big fan of politics so I do wish we covered that a little bit more. Yes, we did spend a good amount of time on it but I felt it would of been okay to spend more with a new president in office and with all the things going on with the government. We did see the difference of news companies and how it can affect people who view just one news channel. I think it would of been beneficial to spend more time on it so students could become more educated on what’s happening with both sides of the government.

Dear juniors, TAKE THIS CLASS. I have to admit, it is a lot of work but it is so beneficial and provides so many skills that you will use for the rest of your life. Blogs really aren’t as awful as you’ve heard, unless you wait till the last minute. If you have any interest with what is happening in today’s society, you will love this class. Also, who doesn’t love watching TV as classwork/homework????

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