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With (Online) Power Comes Responsibility

  An observation—and major complication—that I have not heard elsewhere involves the multijurisdictional contexts of media causes and effects. Specifically, that the media problems often cited by critics and experts are international, yet the potential responses are regional or national. This disconnect has created a compelling site of struggle that …

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 …

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 …

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.

This is not going to end well

In this post, Geoffrey Winship reflects on the complex relationship we have with celebrity. What expectations do we have with regard to celebrities?   How might this disturbing pattern—too common of late—be changed? Do we need to re-think the culture of celebrity? Do we need to re-think our relationships with …

Canadaland as Witness

Canadaland provides a compelling, ongoing struggle in trying to answer the question, “What do ‘journalism’ and ‘journalist’ mean in an always-on, omnipresent, citizen-journalist, participatory culture?”