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Media Messages

Media Messages

In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled. – Paul Eldridge


Goals and Understandings

Session Goals

* To examine the impact of the media on our everyday lives and perceptions of ourselves

* To examine how the way we view ourselves may be different from how others see us

Enduring Understanding

Our lives change as we make decisions based on what we are told, what we learn, and what we perceive from the world around us. It is well known that the media works to change our perceptions of self so that we will crave what products can provide. Advertising is created to persuade us to purchase and become someone else, perhaps someone better, than who we are now.


Circle Question

circle question (Each Member Answers)

Describe an occasion when you have made a purchase just based on it’s advertisement.

Reminder to the facilitator: The circle question should move quickly. Elicit a brief answer from each participant without questions or comments from others. The facilitator’s guidelines are at the beginning of this workbook. Feel free to pick and choose which discussion questions you want to discuss.


Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions: (jot down your ideas as the unit begins)

How does literature reflect our lives?

What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?

How do we learn how to make good decisions?

How can a person’s decisions and actions change his/her life?

How do the decisions and actions of characters reveal their personalities?


Readings and Resources

Day To-do

1 watch The Persuaders

2 watch Merchants of Cool

3 create paper bag puppets that represent how other people see us

4 Anti-aging episode of 30 Days & watch Dove ad

5 watch Pilot of “Freaks and Geeks”

6 “Beauty and the Blob: Product Culture Now” Holt from Reading Culture “No Logo” Klein from Reading Culture

7 discussion


On Your Own

Prior to the discussion, review the following resources on your own. These are required, and you are responsible for the information during discussion. Watch each segment of The Number 12 Looks Just Like You” from the old CBS series “The Twilight Zone.” These are on YouTube so you must watch them outside of the ASD firewall

Segment one

Segment two

Segment three


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