Fair Fares: Net Neutrality

Four cars travel down the highway, a red one, a blue one, a green one, and a white one. Each car is travelling at about the same speed, heading in the same direction. The green car gets pulled over and the driver is told the maximum speed she is allowed to travel is 50 km/hr,  more »

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The Leveller: Mobilizing Social Movements Through Alt Media

Highlighting Social Movements in Alt. Media Sources: In order to advance the ideas presented by a particular social movement, the respective organizers must develop a strong dependency on media sources to disseminate their platform to the public. This relationship between social movements and the media can best be described as a “competitive symbiosis”1, where social  more »

Social Media for a Socially Conscious World

Social media sites have quickly become a popular area for people to create, share, and exchange information and ideas. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have gained over one billion users and serve as one of the most visited sites on the web worldwide. Although it seems our only options are writing on a wall,  more »

The Failures of Technological Advances: Disability Access to Feminist Media

Much in part to the ever-evolving cyber-age we live in, the issue of “access” to various medium in society has been a huge challenge for producers to adapt to and overcome. Due to the many channels that deliver messages over the internet and the major competition mainstream media presents with its popularity, alternative media sources  more »

Homeland and Anti-Arabism – What land is being depicted?

The TV series, Homeland, has raised many questions recently throughout societies, but mainly in the Arab nation. Homeland is a new American television series that is about a Marine Sergeant that returns back to the States after going missing in Iraq for eight years. A CIA officer believes that the Sergeant is plotting an attack  more »

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Why the Montreal Student Strike Needs CBC

When protesters of a social movement take to the streets they must be wary of how mainstream media will cover their story. In their article Movements and Media as Interacting Systems, William Gamson and Gadi Wolfsfeld discuss the outcome of social movements and mainstream media outlets in response to how the two interact with one  more »

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Pictures are Louder – Love is Louder; the Social Movement

Love is Louder is a movement that was started by MTV, The Jed Foundation, and celebrity Brittany Snow (Love is Louder). It was founded to show support for anyone who is ever “feeling mistreated, misunderstood, or alone” (Love is Louder, Facebook). This social movement has been used to address issues with discrimination, depression, loneliness, bullying,  more »

Is the Canadian Government Sleeping with Big Oil?

In recent years, the environmental movement, particularly in Canada, has narrowed its focus on oil sand production and its impact on the climate (both Canadian and global) and the Alberta environment. Greenpeace, in particular, is considered a leading organization in this movement and contributes to a large part of the education, awareness-raising, advocacy and mobilization  more »

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Diva TV: Fighting Mainstream Media

In the Late 1980s and early 1990s in response to the AIDS epidemic, a New York activist group emerged called ACT UP. The group was an AIDS coalition to unleash power and raise awareness about the government’s lack of treatment and funding for those who had AIDS. A major piece of social movement media that  more »

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Advancement of ‘Occupied’ Social Technology

The September 17, 2011 rally against Corporate America known as #OccupyWallStreet, or more colloquially as “Occupy” is now a shade over a year old.  What began as a gathering in New York City to protest the concentration of American riches quickly blossomed into an overarching, global social movement of similar intentions.  Initiated by Adbusters, a  more »

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