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What Do I Need Media for?

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Do you know what you need media for?

Of course you can use media to play games or listen to music, but there is so much more to it! Watch this video to find out what else you do with media!

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What Do I need Media For? Karla is watching a video about the fastest snail in the world.
It's said that the mud snail can travel over FOUR miles per hour.

Wondering if that's true? We can use media to find out! Imagine you are preparing a paper on the mud snail.
Where would you look for information? Karla went to the library and borrowed an encyclopedia about snails. She also searches the Internet for pictures and texts about mud snails. Look, here is a website about mudflats, or muddy tidal areas.

It says that the snail can hold on to the water surface. At high tide, it surfs for miles like this. In an animal magazine it says that the mud snail is only so fast because it attaches itself to the water. There you can also read that it is a very small snail. It does not grow larger than six millimeters. See, it pays to research a topic in different media. But always ask yourself: Where did this information come from? Determine: who wrote the text, published the photo or put the video online? We also call this "source research" since not everyone is a snail expert. For example, this website says that mud snails can grow as big as whales. However, let's scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the fine print where it says who published the website. This isn't true! The website is run by Joe King. He makes jokes. So Karla better not use this source for the paper! Media is important because it gives us information. We need media to inform us. What else do we need media for? For example, when we try out a new game, solve a puzzle in a magazine, or listen to music, then media is entertainment to us. That is why you hear media are also called entertainment media. You can use it in your free time. However, try not to hole up in your room all day and forget everything around you. Be sure to schedule set media times. But the media also has a third, very important role, and that is to shape public opinion. If you have access to different media, you can also form YOUR own opinion. Listening to different opinions is important when forming YOUR own opinion. Since media is used for: information, entertainment, and shaping public opinion, criticism of the media is particularly important.
What does that mean? It means you should look at different media and compare. Don't believe everything you see or read IMMEDIATELY. Question it if something seems strange to you. Always pay attention to who published or shared the information and how other media outlets are reporting on the issue. Then you'll become a real media professional!

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10 comments
  1. awesome!

    From Lucas Scott Kerley, 4 months ago
  2. I really love this

    From Rachel , 5 months ago
  3. cool

    From Abel Biniam, 5 months ago
  4. cool! I like snails!

    From Lucas Scott Kerley, 6 months ago
  5. ha ha

    From Averie, 10 months ago
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What Do I Need Media for? exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video What Do I Need Media for?.
  • Find the different types of media below.

    Hints

    Informational books are a type of media.

    The internet containing websites is one type of media.

    There are three correct answers.

    Solution

    Different types of media provide different types of information.
    Magazines, encyclopedias, and the internet are examples of types of media.

  • Identify the questions to ask when sourcing research.

    Hints

    It is important to ask questions about information we find online.

    Knowing who published a photo or uploaded a video online is an important way to source information.

    There are four correct answers.

    Solution

    When sourcing research, you should always ask yourself:

    • Where did the information come from?
    • Who wrote the text?
    • Who published the photo?
    • Who put the video online?

  • How should media be used?

    Hints

    Which picture shows media that tells us information?

    Which media shows people sharing ideas to shape public opinion?

    Solution

    Media is important because it informs us, it provides us with entertainment, and it helps shape public opinion.

  • How do you criticize the media?

    Hints

    It is important to ask questions.

    It is important to compare sources of information.

    Solution

    What Media Does

    • Media provides information.
    • Media provides entertainment.
    • Media helps shape public opinion.

    How to Criticize the Media

    • Compare different media types.
    • Don't believe everything you see or read immediately.
    • Question information if it seems strange to you.
    • Pay attention to who published or shared the information.
    • Pay attention to how other media outlets are reporting on the issue.

  • How can you use media?

    Hints

    There are different types of media.

    Media is used to help shape public opinion because people can share different ideas.

    Solution

    You can use media for information, entertainment, and to help shape public opinion.

  • What is the purpose of media?

    Hints

    Different types of media give us different points of view.

    Music and online videos are different types of media.

    Solution

    The purpose of media is to share information, for entertainment, and to shape public opinion.