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Why this and not that?

Why this and not that?   By Diana Maliszewski and Neil Andersen   Certain events galvanize and inspire large groups of people to respond in a variety of ways. Two recent examples of this are the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (see http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/ ) …

Things to Know About Rulers

by Neil Andersen, Diana Maliszewski and Nina Silver In an early episode of The Crown, a young Queen Elizabeth is frustrated because she feels that she is not being taken seriously, both for being young and a woman. She is counselled to upbraid her Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—to admonish him …

Media AQ Part 1: Spring Offering!

Media Studies AQ Part 1: Spring Session! We hope you’ll join us for the spring session of the Media Studies Additional Qualifications Course, Part I. The TDSB will be subsidizing the AQ for teachers in the board (register through Key to Learn). The AQ is open to all teachers in …

On Maps, the New Renaissance, and Media Literacy: A Response to the Ideas of Chris Kutarna

by Carol Arcus “It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” – Tom Stoppard “Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media with which people communicate than by the content of the communication.” – Marshall McLuhan Canadian Chris Kutarna …

Give Nothing to Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. The campaign includes PSAs and invitations for Kiwis to tell their own stories. Of particular interest is a video PSA featuring director and New …

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 …