Media and Information Literacy | Chapter 4: Values, Lifestyles, and Ideology in Media

          From what I learned in Chapter 4 of Media and Information Literacy, it seems that this part of the book is showing the negative side and negative effects of media. Aside from being a developed technology from the origins of the very first Movable Type Machine of Johann Gutenberg (1394-1460), its original use of spreading information in a wide mass of audiences is now being abused and used to have power and gain control over others, even without the use of force.

          Media is one of the greatest influences the world has ever seen. In fact, it is the main instrument used not just to influence others, but also to persuade them to believe something, regardless whether it is real or not, right or wrong. Either way, it had greatly affected some aspects of society—social, moral, spiritual, perception, lifestyle, and et cetera.

          Moreover, it seemed that what the media portray is not really the reflection of reality, but what they want to represent. This is what they call “frame”—the tools utilized by media creators and producers to tell their story. This frame does not mean the actual frame you see in a picture frame, though it is kind of used by media production literally. They only capture what they want to show, as well as excluding some parts they don’t want the society to see.

          But regardless of how bad it seemed, we cannot ignore the fact that it had greatly affected the society already. Some who didn’t want to get affected were sometimes the ones who get in trouble. But we cannot blame these all to media. Unlike what the Marxist believed where the ruling classes can force down their own ideology to the oppressed classes, individuals can always choose whether to follow or not. That’s the good news about consensus—it doesn’t control people by force (which is the concept of coercion).

          Even though what is stated above is true, it’s always been the presence of psychology where the free will of people is manipulated to believe something and be easily blinded from what was really meant. Maybe that’s why “all media and information texts are constructed”. They are constructed in a way where most people, if not all, will most likely be persuaded easily.

          Stereotypes, for example, are already well embedded on most people’s minds, especially children. What is being portrayed in the media can construct that thinking into an individual. Like when most Disney princesses were always been saved by their Prince Charming, most would see girls as someone who needed saving and cannot live without a guy. This could also cause men to think that girls are like tools where they can get easily.

          This chapter had shown that no matter how the media creators and producers frame their productions as “good”, it is not guaranteed that everything doesn’t have a hidden agenda. In the end, it’s the audience’s choice and will whether to have a blind eye or think before believing everything media has thrown at them.

Media and Information Literacy | Chapter 3: Audiences

          Audience is one of the most important elements in media. Without audience, media would not have evolved throughout the generation when it had started. When Johan Gutenberg invented the very first printing press, it wouldn’t have been a success if he didn’t have audiences.

          But having an audience also does not make media effective. We need to study and understand our audience in order to reflect it to what we want to show in the world through media.

          Most media and information creators are targeting the mass media—the majority of a certain scope of population. If they want to have the attention of those audiences, they should create something that interests them.

          How do they do that?

          They conduct Audience Research. Audience Research is traditionally about gaining an insight on audience preferences and calibrating audience sizes and reach. Through their research they will gain the information they need in order to know what the mass media are similarly interested at. These audience their aiming, they are what we call target audience.

          Media creators do not only target the mass media, but also consider other groups of audience. Though they are also looking out for those similar attributes of the audience or GEARS:



          Age range

          Region or nationality

          Socio-economic group

          What media creators create will depend on their target audiences, including how they will create it and how they will deliver it. The concept of a child’s show should be delivered in a way which the children will understand, while an adult’s show can be delivered in an indirect way where people has to figure out what it means.

          Media had enhanced throughout the generation ever since its first invention—and it continues to do so. And it never would have made it this far if it wasn’t for the audience’s participation. To be better media and information creators, understanding the audience is required.

Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (self-made)

  • Internet users are given the privacy and security from manipulations, as stated in the following:
    • Users’ owned websites will not be controlled by others unless allowed by the owner.
    • Other users are not allowed to get personal information from other websites unless permitted.
    • Other users are not allowed to change any settings of the website unless it is set to be edited by anyone.
    • Others
  • Internet users are not allowed to post anything that may be offensive to other users, such as:
    • Explicit sexual contents within images
    • Cultural offense towards other countries or tribes
    • Online crime
    • Cyber bullying
    • Dishonest promotions
    • Shaming
    • Spamming
    • Illegal hacking
    • Others
  • Internet users are given the freedom to express and to share as they want, so long as they follow the said conditions.
  • Users have the freedom of universal access.
    • No one is allowed to ban anyone from using the internet unless he or she committed a crime that needed the punishment.
  • Users that break the rules are punishable by law.
    • Consequences range from deletion of owned website, no access in certain websites, banned from internet, to imprisonment.