Media Literacy, So What


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Media Literacy, So What

  1. 1. Media literacy, so what?
  2. 2. What does media literacy have to with virtue ethic? <ul><li>Virtue ethics asks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ who ought I to be?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ what kind of person am I going to be” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media literacy helps us gain a critical awareness of the messages, values and beliefs of the culture all around us… </li></ul><ul><li>These are often times in CONFLICT with some of our noble values. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What have we learned about the values of our secular culture? <ul><li>“ It’s all about ME, right NOW.” </li></ul><ul><li>$$ and power </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sex-appeal for women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>toughness/violence for men </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are the icons of secular society for men and women? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Ignatius: devil tempts us first with riches, then honors, finally pride (wealth, fame, power) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Again, so WHAT? <ul><li>What happens if you follow these secular values uncritically? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t see a problem with consumerism and materialism </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You easily justify or become apathetic to egregious economic, ecological and social injustices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You become part of the problem – injustices in the world </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our little pursuit to fill the ego causes us to forget the big picture – the greatness of the whole. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When we strive to fulfill expectations of society (wealth, power, fame) it will become our demise b/c these things are competitive </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. So then, who are we? <ul><li>Are we so different from secular society? </li></ul><ul><li>We as Christians and especially as Jesuits believe in a faith that does justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Our noble values: faith, hope, love, wisdom, courage, temperance and justice </li></ul>
  6. 6. Christians - Magnificat <ul><li>He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. </li></ul><ul><li>He has filled the hungry with good thing and sent the rich away empty. </li></ul><ul><li>He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, the promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Jesuit <ul><li>To give and not count the cost . </li></ul><ul><li>To fight and not heed the wounds. </li></ul><ul><li>To toil and not seek rest. </li></ul><ul><li>To labor and not ask for any reward, </li></ul><ul><li>save that of knowing that we do your will </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =Fu9B30g2Lno </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who are you? <ul><li>What do you believe? / What is your creed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Rozier, sj : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I believe that faith is as important as knowledge I believe in a clean room I believe in a strong rainstorm putting me to sleep I believe in the Spiritual Exercises I believe criticism does not have to be divisive I believe in using turning signals on cars, but I believe more in public transportation I believe the US media has abdicated its responsibility of providing legitimate information on worthwhile topics I believe in file folders and post-its I believe in radical honesty between friends I believe in writing letters I believe in prayer I believe in finding common ground I believe in democracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I believe in learning more than one language well I believe that love, not guilt, solves the world's problems I believe in teaching and living the questions, not the answers I believe birthdays are overrated I believe in drinking water from the tap, not a bottle I believe in the goodness of a small town I believe decent health care is a human right I believe there is always more to say, but silence is often more profound.” </li></ul></ul>