We live in a media-saturated world. From video clips on your phone, to TV ads to blockbuster movies, to posters at the bus stop, to the music in your earbuds, you are surrounded by media messages for most of your waking hours. How do you make sense of them all? How do you know what they are trying to communicate — both on an obvious and a less obvious level? How do you know how much you have been influenced — consciously or subconsciously — by these media messages? Does the media reflect your reality, or control the way you view it?
It's been said that media literacy is as important to living in the 21st century as regular literacy was to the 20th century. Media Studies helps you develop an important set of skills that will help you navigate the rest of your education and then, your working life. Media Studies will help you increase your knowledge and understanding of:
- Critical Thinking
Media Studies information is not always to be found in textbooks. You need to take the principles that you learn in class and apply them to the media that you find around you. Most students have in-depth knowledge of particular forms of media (your favourite genre of music, or movies, or video games) and you can apply what you have learned in school to the media that play the biggest part in your life.