Using the media to convey a message has a powerful meaning. This week we reviewed previous blogs written for COM 510. The reader as well as the writer are important to consider when blogging. The reader as well as the writer can interpret the message in different ways. The rubric is a vital tool used in the course to keep the writer on track. There is always room for constructive criticism when blogging.
This course has allowed constructive criticism to take place by reviewing the instructor’s comments as well as a peer review that has taken place. We as students may see our blogs in another perspective than the actual reader. This course has allowed the students to blog and improve on the blogging skills.
Now that I have the opportunity to reflect on previous blogs that were written earlier in the term I can say that my views have certainly changed. The first blog mentions Media Influence. I can certainly agree with the last sentence “Media is useful because it targets all audiences in different aspects of communications.”
However, in the second blog I wrote about Sources, Credibility, and Social Media. I could have chosen a health related topic such as the importance of the Pneumonia vaccine, a political topic, such as changes that are currently taking place in Cuba, or even a controversial topic such as abortion. Instead, I wrote about “Why You Should Tell Your Children How Much You Make.” This topic was a safer choice and there were missing elements in the blog. The rubric could have been read more thoroughly. The blog was written in a rather simplistic manner. More research could have taken place while writing this blog.
As a writer, there must be less biased topics and use more articulation on the topics that are chosen. When blogging we can expect criticism from other peers. For media literacy to take place the reader and the writer must have a common goal. That goal is to be relevant, whether we disagree on the topic or not. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media (Mackey & Jacobson, 2014).