I found this concise guide for helping young people analyze the media....Thanks Itaca!
KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN ANALYZING MEDIA MESSAGES www.projectlooksharp.org
AUDIENCE & AUTHORSHIP
Authorship Who made this message?
Why was this made?
Who is the target audience (and how do you know)?
Who paid for this?
Impact Who might benefit from this message?
Who might be harmed by it?
Why might this message matter to me?
What kinds of actions might I take in response to this message?
MESSAGES & MEANINGS
What is this about (and what makes you think that)?
What ideas, values, information, and/or points of view are overt? Implied?
What is left out of this message that might be important to know?
What techniques are used?
Why were those techniques used?
How do they communicate the message?
How might different people understand this message differently?
What is my interpretation of this and what do I learn about myself from my reaction or interpretation?
REPRESENTATIONS & REALITY
When was this made?
Where or how was it shared with the public?
Is this fact, opinion, or something else?
How credible is this (and what makes you think that)?
What are the sources of the information, ideas, or assertions?
Gearing up for Summer Programming!
As many schools and other programs start to wind down for the summer, most youth ministry programs are gearing up for months of opportunities for the teens. So, how many of you will be....
+ Going to Cedar point for a fun day (and possibly catechesis and prayer on the bus)?
+ Going on a mission trip and/or holding local days of service?
+ Having sports-outings (i.e. to see the Areos or Indians, or to play)?
+ Having swim parties or hiking treks?
+ Taking advantage of outdoor labyrinths and other prayer walks?
+ Inviting teens to help with Vacation Bible School events?
+ Participating in The Fest, Alive, or other outdoor Catholic/Christian festivals?
+ Particpating in retreats and summer conferences?
Pew Research shows that for 14 - 17 year olds...
--39% use older cell phones
--29% use social networking sites
--19% talk on land lines
... --6% send email
~So, how is YOUR parish communicating with teens?
~Have parents completed the "Permission for Direct Contact with Youth" form so that you have their OK to send them texts or Facebook notices???
~ Do the teens "hear" the Gospel in their language?
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.