When you think of September 11th, what comes to mind first? Is it the sound of people screaming, the individual testimonies of politicians, or the numerous images in the press and on television? No matter what you chose, they all of these, come from the media. Yet, one image in particular was fixed in the minds of many: the September 14th, 2001 TIME magazine cover with the chilling photograph of the Twin Towers on fire. September 11th is just one of many examples of how the media, images in particular are powerful tools that influence us all.
Yet, many people in today’s world do not know the correct way to use this tool. Understanding how the media affects us is vital. The media influences us physiologically, emotionally, politically, and socially. In the past, for example images were considered the truth; Yet, this notion no longer exists.
Media is a powerful tool of communication and represents specific time periods. One can learn a lot about a society of a certain time by looking at their media. The article, “Trends in Media” states that the media, is one of societies most important institutions.
Who is responsible for Media literacy? Is it our public education system, it is media corporations themselves, or are we each responsible for training ourselves? It is not just children that are vulnerable, we are all vulnerable citizens and are required to negotiate the risk of consuming certain medias like stated in Brian O’Neills’ the article “Media Literacy and Communication Rights-Ethical Individualism in the New Media Environment.” Like noted in the article, there are many ethical challenges that come from the digital world.
People become dependent on the media for their every day activities. Since people base reality on what they see, hear, and or read, the media is supposed to show the reality of events; the media can be looked at as a form on education. Yet, what if the media is not always right. What is they states false information or show a manipulated image. With our technology today, it is very easy for the media to trick us. I believe it is wrong to trick audiences who are not media literate. The consequences can be sweeping.