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 »

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 »

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 »

IDLE NO MORE: An Alternative Movement in the Mainstream

What began as a way of voicing a growing displeasure over actions of the Canadian government, Idle No More has grown into a nationwide political movement that shows little sign of slowing down. Idle No More gained steam at the beginning of December, 2012 when four Canadian women took to social media sites Facebook and  more »

“If You Can Play, You Can Play”

LGBT athletes often face much greater hurdles in the world of sports in comparison to straight athletes. If one was to look at the major professional leagues around the world they will see that there are little to no openly gay athletes competing in any of these high level leagues. Even in junior or developmental  more »

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The Black Bloc: G20 Folk Devils

On June 26 to 27, 2010, devils were out on the streets of Toronto. During these two days, political elites from around the world met for the G20 summit to discuss the condition of the global financial system and the world economy. Protests began a week ahead of the summit, during which groups protested a  more »

Mozambique’s loss is the media’s gain

The mainstream media often portrays social movements and protesters negatively, selectively reporting on only a fraction of the full story.  As Sampedro sees it, this is caused by elitist media views that write for the interests of corporatism and shareholders rather than writing for the pure attempt at mobilising a marginalized group whose views go against  more »

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Putting A Face To The Abortion Debate In Ireland

Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman living in Ireland died last month of septicemia (blood poisoning) after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy. She requested a termination because her doctors had informed her that the baby would not survive. Halappanavar’s request was refused because a fetal heartbeat was still present and they would not terminate it  more »

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The BP Bitchslap: DeepPocket Horizon

On November 14, 2012, oil giant British Petroleum was assessed a $4.5B criminal fine for the largest and worst environmental disaster in the history of the petroleum industry, and arguably one of the biggest disasters in world history. The initial explosion of the off-shore drilling rig in 2010 not only killed 11 crew members aboard  more »

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