Climate Change and its success in the mainstream

Alternative Media has served as a platform for change for many social movements across the globe. Recently we have seen the ‘Idle No More’ movement depicted throughout numerous alternative media outlets as well as mainstream media. The continuation of the movement can be attributed largely in part to alternative media and its ability to mobilize  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 »

Justice for all….minus Aboriginals.

Social relations occupy our entire world and social divisions play a strong role in how we make sense of ourselves and of others around us. Despite any organization being deemed “alternative”, it is difficult, if not impossible, to truly challenge the power relations that constitute the “social” as we know it.   In Alternative Media  more »

The Struggle for Alternative Media

In the ongoing civil unrest in Bahrain, protesters continue to take to the streets in hopes of attaining justice. As the tension between the Bahraini Royal family and the protesters continues to intensify, hopes for a revolution no longer appear promising. While much of the protest encompasses staggering human rights violations against the country’s Shia’a  more »

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Alternative Media Hot Seat: The Dominion and Media Co-op

It is often refreshing to come across uniquely and freely structured media organizations that exist in the shadows of major media institutions. This is particularly true when we consider the proliferation of content production on the internet diligently working to cast light on the areas the majors won’t dare to go. Certainly, the affordances provided  more »

Alternative Aids Media – ‘Testing the Limits of Production and Process’

Alexandra Juhasz’s “So Many Alternatives – The Alternative Aids Video Movement” chronicles the work and brief history of the New York aids video community from 1987 onwards. She identifies various groups including, Testing the Limits, comprised of members of ACT UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) and advocates for Aids, homophobia and gay rights in the NY community. Juhasz documents further  more »

Care2 Carve Out A Space For Action: A Main Stream for Alternative Media

So you want to get involved? Knowing where to start is the first step towards taking action making a difference inside and out of your community. Now where is the best starting point? Well, Care2 is the perfect place to start for internet-savvy individuals with a need for philanthropic action.  Care2 is a mainstream website which represents  more »

Anonymous: Alternative or Anarchist?

January 3rd, 2013, online hacktivist giant, Anonymous, hatched Operation USA wherein they hacked into US Federal Reserve documentation and left 4,000 bank officials reeling after items of their personal information, such as phone numbers and addresses, as well as private login information were set free into cyber space (Stone, 2013). Is this an act that  more »

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Privileged vs. Underprivileged – Who Does the Corporate Media Care About?

    Youth and homelessness – two words that describe the thousands who are affected by social, economic and a variety of other issues in Canada, resulting in fending for themselves. The social movement of youth homelessness seeks to raise awareness, eliminate poverty, abuse, and homelessness of a younger generation that often has nowhere to turn  more »

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“No One is Illegal?” Pro-immigration organization creates awkward tension on Byline

“I’m white, you’re black. Should you and I go back to wherever our homeland is and just leave this place to the Native population?” - comment made by newscaster Brian Lilley of Byline No One is Illegal is a Toronto-based campaign that branches out from the human rights and anti-racism movements- the campaign believes that immigration  more »

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