Ever notice how the world has become so much more media-oriented?
Okay, I admit that I invented the word “media-vated,” but if I were to define it, it would mean “Motivated to learn and create media.”
1.a plural of medium.
2.( usually used with a plural verb ) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely: The media are covering the speech tonight.
When thinking about media, the word “influence is key.” Media influences peoples’ choices, decisions, opinions, and even lives.
I am dating myself, but where I lived as a kid, we had only three broadcast channels and one newspaper as our media options.I’m sure there were billboards, but they were few and far between, and as a kid, I didn’t notice them. Computers were mainframe, the internet was known as the ARPANET and used pretty exclusively by the U.S. Department of Defense and digital anything was far in the future.
Every Sunday night, my Dad made English muffin pizzas, and everything in our house stopped as we gathered around the TV to watch Marlin Perkin’s Wild Kingdom and the Wonderful World of Disney. I know how media can influence because I still expect movies to have happy endings – thanks to Disney – and I find today’s trend toward distopia quite disturbing. Unlike for my parents, and my grandparents before me, news was fed to me, in my home, in visual, audio and print format. Today, communication might as well be fed through an IV tube, it is so ubiquitous.
It is exactly because media has become so all encompassing, and because it has such power to influence, that it is important to get “media-vated”…to learn how to create media, and to do so. It is impossible to create media without thought… independent thought that is really the foundation of democratic ideals. It is in thinking through the creation of a program, movie, or any form of communication that we assess the messages we have been fed and either accept or reject them. The deliberate assessment that goes into the creation of media gives us power over our thoughts, our decisions, our lives.
That’s why I’m always so glad to know about venues, like RCTV, that offer the opportunity to learn to create media. Below is a list of some classes where you can get started learning to create media:
- March 15 & 16 – Animation Workshop with Animatus – Strong National Museum of Play (Great for Families!)
- March 25 – Creative Storytelling: Make a Silent Film – The Brainery
- April 1 – Introduction to Music Recording and Audio Production – The Brainery
- April 5 – Make It and Take It Tips Tools & Techniques Workshop with Jimmy Day: Lighting (Making/Using a Paper Lantern – RCTV
- April 5 – 26 (Saturdays) – Animation workshop – Animatus Studio
- April 22 – June 10 (Tuesdays) – One Step Beyond with Your DSLR – Genesee Center for the Arts
- April 22 – June 10 (Tuesdays), April 23 – June 11 (Thursdays), April 24 – June 5 (Thursdays) – The Digital DSLR Camera – Genesee Center for the Arts
- April 26 – Writing and Publishing a Book – The Brainery
- May 3 – Make It and Take It Tips Tools & Techniques Workshop with Jimmy Day: Audio (Audio Tools to enhance sound) – RCTV