• Phone Ban Fallout

    The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They may be used during lunch, but “no social media, no texting, no taking or viewing photos and videos.” Toronto middle school bans use of cellphones in classrooms, hallways …

  • Athletes and Protest

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/09/economist-explains-13 In late summer, 2016, Colin Kaepernick, a pro football player, refused to stand during the playing of the American national anthem that began each game. His refusal to stand was in protest of police treatment of people of colour. His actions created a fascinating site of struggle as fans, …

  • Agency and Privacy

    Agency is knowledge in action. The AML has worked with two sets of students to produce an ongoing series of EULAs in Plain Language. First, sickness we identified the most-used media apps or services. Then, we asked volunteer law students (Pro-Bono Students of Canada) to identify EULA passages that put users at risk and translate these …

  • A Tale of Two Audiences

    Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a TV celebrity has become serious politics. Talk show hosts have stopped joking as the candidate has himself committed serial gaffes that outstrip writers’ imaginations. Yet the campaign juggernauts …

  • The Right to be Forgiven

    A frequent feature of 21st-century political campaigns has involved researching candidates’ online activities in hopes of finding damaging data that might be used against them.

  • From Memphis to Missouri: Voices and Echoes

    Blog post by Laurie Townshend with extension activities by Michelle Solomon The U.S. Civil Rights Movement reached a peak in the 1960’s with widespread reactions to systemic racism boiling over into protests that were both violent and non-violent. At the heart of these protests that marked an entire era in …

Phone Ban Fallout

The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They may be used during lunch, but “no social media, no texting, no taking or viewing photos and videos.” Toronto middle school bans use of cellphones in classrooms, hallways …

Archie Bunker for President?

Norman Lear produced several successful television sit-coms with political implications. His first, and most well-known, was All in the Family. Archie Bunker, the central character, was a middle-aged white male loading-dock worker living in a working-class New York neighbourhood. He was bigoted and rude in almost every way, frequently getting …

Read the Streets: 4th Annual Barry’s Wander

Join us in Toronto this Saturday for our 4th Annual Barry’s Wander! Together we will “Read the Street”. This year, we have a special focus, reading the streets of Toronto through an Aboriginal lens. We have paired up with First Story Toronto to bring you a truly unique experience. Where: The steps …

Agency and Privacy

Agency is knowledge in action. The AML has worked with two sets of students to produce an ongoing series of EULAs in Plain Language. First, …

A Tale of Two Audiences

Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a …

Who is the Target Audience?

Ian Pettigrew, a valued friend of the AML, sent us a real estate ad that he found compelling and thought might make …

Radicalize Your Media Teaching!

CANCELLED We regret that we have had to cancel this conference. Thank you for your continued interest, patient and keep the media …