Welcome 2 Reality L.L.C. (W2R) has examined and researched the impact that social media has on the Youth and how media can misguide how young people internalize the various components of media as being real and plausible. Today, technology is viewed as a necessity in most homes; and can be utilized as a mechanism that makes our lives easier. As technology advances, along with that comes drawbacks for example; the unlimited access of mobile devices and social media has limited parents ability to monitor what their kids are exposed to, which in turn influences socialization.
W2R is committed to raising awareness on Media Literacy: by educating and empowering individuals with the hope they see these mediums for what they truly are. Research has shown us that much of the media via: reality TV, movies, and especially music has the potential to program and guide some down the wrong path. Historically, music promoted strength, unity, and togetherness and was a creative form of expression. One would be hard pressed to validate that still exist today.
Many youth act in a way in which adults can’t understand and connect, and are often label as out of control, disconnected or disrespectful. We must take a step back and look at life through the lens of today’s youth and see how the bombardment of todays messaging through social media impacts how they internalize information and externalize what has become their reality.
If you look closely at today’s media and it associated messages it is far from days past. Today’s messages in media more often than not seem to glorify immorality, deception, and even at-risk behavior. Kids have always emulated the messages in media but today’s messages can produce high-risk behavior, and in some cases the result can be deadly. Unfortunately, due to the lack of being media literate the hard work that parents, clergy, and teachers are doing to promote morality, respect, and character is being out matched by peer pressure from the impact of social media.
There is a saying that art imitates life and you are a product of your environment; well the definition of environment and community has changed. Due to the advent of social media, (the internet) environments are no longer external physical communities; modern day environments exist in virtual space. W2R examines cyber space and the auditory and visual messages that are being sent in these cyber/social environments.
This curriculum is designed to raise the consciousness and knowledge base of those who are unaware of the potential dangers; our youth face who are consumed with social media and mobile devices. W2R goal is to help others critically examine the message in media, advertisement, music and other mediums of the cyber culture.