I found many themes to be very interesting that we discussed in Media 180. The theme that has resonated with me the most, however, is how powerful words are. I have never given it much attention before this class; I thought words were just words. Some were nice words and some were bad words, but thanks to this class I can now see how language affects the people and how the manipulation of it can bring destruction and hatred to the individual and to the world. On the other side, words can also change the life course for an individual for the better and change an individual’s whole perspective on life. In “learning to read and growing in knowledge”, written by Frederick Douglass, we get to see that learning to read, and understanding the Bible, and the oppressive culture the way it was back then made the narrator more free, wise, and rebellious. Suddenly he understood that keeping African Americans from learning how to read and keeping them from getting an education was helping the society to continue to exploit them unfairly in order to gain profit out of their hard labor and keep discriminating and oppressing them based on their skin color. Before he was able to read he, like so many other African Americans, simply accepted that oppressive society and accepted getting treated badly. They thought it was supposed to be this way. They thought God wanted it to be this way. Words changed that for Douglas. Words and language are powerful and can change everything for an individual.