Gender Wage Equity

Posted: March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The gender wage gap is a serious issue worldwide that I don’t believe garners enough attention. Men on average make more than women in the workplace, does that seem fair to you? There are many reasons as to why this is the case, some of the reasons are discrimination, gender segregation, sexism, sexual harassment and the glass ceiling just to name a few. I have wrote about this controversial topic on my Storify article here. In my article I bring to light some of the serious issues surrounding why this is still going on. As someone who has witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace I feel I should be more of an advocate against such actions. There are many people who have also written and tweeted about this very important topic to try and raise awareness. I believe there are a lot of people out there who are either ill informed about the situation or just choose to ignore it. Women should be treated exactly the same as other genders and it’s about time that we close the wage gap once and for all.

There are many blogs that share a similar view, here is a small list:

Here are some hastags with similar views:

closing the gender wage gap could increase Canada’s GDP by 10%. Any pay equity legislation in this #budget2013? 

Take proactive steps when it comes to #gender equality at the workplace  #HR #hrblogs

Female media entrepreneurs see their gender as both a hardship and a blessing in the workplace  #WeekInReview

#WBM:”the goal of anti-discrimination is not to keep workers from being badly paid but from being badly paid because of their race/gender

Gender discrimination in PR costs women an avg of $332,200 over a 40yr career

Lastly here are some links to websites with similar topics;–en/index.htm

(Couldn’t figure out the blogroll)


Being a Produser

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hand holding a Social Media 3d SphereThe term “produser” is a combination of the words producers and users. A good example of this would be people using platforms such blogging to get information and at the same time contributing to their own blog. Over the duration of this course we have all become produsers in a way. This course has really taught us the importance of contributing to the online community. As mentioned in this article it is easier then ever for people to become part of the media. Convergent media can and have transformed the traditional ‘audience’ experience, especially in the West, where even many people who are not really produsers are still taking advantage of multiple media platforms to extend their mediated practices. (Bird, S. E. 2011). In today’s society just about anyone with the access to the internet can be a produser.

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Over the duration of this course we have engaged ourselves in many different platforms and mediums to express ourselves online. We have written blogs, made videos, posted stories and even updated a Wiki page. This course has given us the opportunity to explore and become an active participant in the global community. We now have the skills and the know-how to do many new things we never would have done. Personally at the beginning of this class I didn’t think I had anything of value to contribute online but as this class went on I increasingly became more engaged in what was going on in the news and my views on it. I have become much more aware of social, political and economically events in the spotlight and I feel I like now I have a way to express my opinions. I believe I will continue to use this blog as a creative outlet for me long after this class is over.

There are many more people like me who are just discovering platforms like this and beginning to become produsers. It is argued that in this new mediascape, fans are flexing their muscles against the power of media producers to define the terms of their engagement. As Costello and Moore (2007 ) write, ‘online fan communities have the potential to produce unified centers of resistance to influence the global industries of cultural production’ (p. 140). Jenkins, in defining the produser, argues that there is ‘a new kind of cultural power emerging as fans bond together within larger communities, pool their information, shape each other’s opinions, and develop a greater self-consciousness about their shared agendas and common interests’ (2007, p. 362–363). Media producers have been pushed to modify their products in response to fan demands: ‘we might think of these new knowledge communities as collective bargaining units for consumers’ (p. 363). (Bird, S. E. 2011). People are joining together online to become social activists and stand up for what they believe in. This is all thanks to the internet and the various new technologies constantly being created for it.

Bird, S. E. (2011). ARE WE ALL PRODUSERS NOW? Cultural Studies. 25 (4-5), pp. 502-516

Citizen journalism

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

With how prevalent social media is in our society it’s much easier for just about anyone with an opinion to be a journalist and/or social activist. Social media plays such a huge role because of its ability to reach so many people. For example if you were to post something on Facebook most of your friends could see it which could be well over 1000 individuals (depending on how popular you are). Now let’s say your Justin Beiber with his almost 36 million followers, what you say is reaching a huge audience.  That is an amount of people bigger than the population of Canada to get a visual. What he says is going to be heard around the world, if he had something of value to say many people would listen and most likely agree with his opinion. If he wanted to become an activist against something, he would have an army of little pre-teens backing him on. Now as we know social media is not just Facebook and Twitter, there are many other platforms out there such as Pinterest, Myspace, and Linkedin just to name a few. These platforms allow people to share information and resources through text, audio, video, images and more. Pinterest as the name indicates is basically a wall where you pin up your interests, mostly pictures of things you like. This lets people get to know/understand you on a more visual level.  Linkedin as I like to think of it is a Facebook for purely business purposes. You can share things about yourself and describe all the impressive things you have achieved making yourself look as appealing as possible to other companies. It’s essentially a way to brand yourself and get noticed. You’re able to add people just like Facebook such as co-workers, friends, people you’ve meet from school etc. I think we all know what Myspace is, ill sum it up as an older less popular version of Facebook. These are only three platforms and it shows that there is something for everyone. There are so many new ways to share things you think are important or want to stand up for. There are platforms out there that are built specifically for what you are interested in. Let’s say you love cooking and want to share your recipes, there’s a platform for that. Let’s say you are a “geek” and want to post pictures and talk computers, there’s a platform for that. Let’s say you want to share pictures of your beard, talk about vampires, sing karaoke, or watch cat videos; then you’re in luck, there are social media sites for each of those things. The same idea goes for people looking to voice their opinion and/or write a journal. The platform Storify would be perfect for them. We found something we were interested in or passionate about and used this website to create an article about it. They made the interface user friendly so that pretty much anyone could use it.

In the article Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist they discussed how people are now able to take something that is either controversial or not talked about much by the media and write about it. For example issues covering the war in Iran, there might not be much coverage from the other alternative perspectives. With the growing about of internet users it is now very possible to do things such as this. It is also possible for people to get together that share the same cause and become activists. Let’s give the example of same sex marriage. In some states it is still illegal, queer activists could get online and start a group in which they plan to do demonstrations or protest to see if they can change the states opinion. With the emergence of these new opportunities it really does encourage me to want to participate more directly in journalism. My 2F00 class has really taught me a lot about writing blogs and journal articles, it has opened my eyes about what one person can do. If I was really passionate about something I could perhaps see myself participating in social activism as well, if it was for a good cause. As of today I do not think there are any causes I am that passionate about. I believe it is a positive thing that anyone with internet access can write an article, it has the possibility to open people’s minds and make them think.

Reasons People Pirate

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

In my audio blog I discuss Steinmetz & Tunnell’s article Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger. I expand on their article as well as give my opinions on their findings. I found this article to be extremely informative and interesting because of the analytical approach they took in figuring out why people pirate. I couldn’t help but compare myself to some of the pirates they talk about in the article. Have a listen and tell me what you think!


Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line PiratesDeviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67

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Everything’s a Remix

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

In my minor blog I spoke about what I consume online and how I give back to the online community. I pretty much said I do not contribute much to the online community besides a few Facebook pictures here and a few Youtube videos there. I was not too sure how I felt about copyright issues at the time.

After watching Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix on Vimeo, I can easily say that I have mixed feelings on copyright issues. In these videos Ferguson brings to light the fact that many songs, movies and TV shows are really just a remix of something done previous to it. According to the videos, the creators of these “remixes” feel that what they make is original for the most part and that they are still being creative and making something unique. In this day of age pretty much anyone can take a song or video clip and put their own spin on it. For example Carley Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was probably one of the most remixed videos of the past year. This is where it may get a little controversial. I believe the people who remix clips and songs and aren’t making any profit on their creations should be allowed to do so. As in the case with “Call Me Maybe” people were just doing it for fun and to share it with people who will hopefully find it funny.  While people remixing songs or movies for profit should have to work out a deal with the “original” creator.

Another big deal when it comes to copyright issues is the use of illegal downloading. People use software like frostwire, rapidshare or even torrent software to easily download pretty much anything. From full albums to complete seasons of shows to newly released movies. This is incredibly tempting for people to do because of how easy and relatively safe it can be if you know what your doing. I mean besides wanting to support the artist and being afraid of getting caught I would say there aren’t any real reasons why everyone is not doing this. I know personally that I tend to not watch as many TV shows anymore because of how easy it is to just watch them online. My friend even goes as far as to torrent a whole bunch of movies we want to watch and though a HDMI cable hook it up to his TV. He says it’s “just like the movies but for free.” I certainly cannot blame him for doing this, I’m sure many other Canadians feel the same way. Why would you go to the store or the theater and pay money for something you can get for free in the comfort of your own home? According to Gillian Shaw’s blog this might not be the case for very long. She says that “Canada is preparing for a major crackdown on bittorent movie pirates” (Shaw, 2012). This is also becoming the case for downloading illegal music, countries like Great Britian and the US have already enforced laws and regulations. Personally on some level I have to agree with these laws. I believe these artists and producers should be entitled to whatever profits their creations are making and are essentially being ripped off. They are creating “original” artwork and not able to fully profit from it. Now I’m not saying this is the case for every artist, there are many untalented people making way too much money. I just feel for those shows that need the ratings to stay on TV or those indie bands that need all the support they can get. If music and torrenting were to be completely illegal I would probably be a little sad at first but realize it is probably for the best.

Overall I clearly have a mixed opinion on copyright issues. On one hand I love to watch shows and movies on my computer without having to spend money on them. (which helps because I’m a student). It’s easy, convenient and relatively safe if you know where to look. On the other hand I believe that people should not be able to remix someone else’s work and make a profit on it unless they have worked something out. I feel as though artists/producers/whoever should be the only ones profiting off their work. People remix music as if they believe the human race has already run out of original music…Wait have they? There is a very interesting person I love watching on Youtube with a very scientific approach to this question. 

To summarize Vsauce Micheal says that we will basically never run out of original music. So to all those people out their stealing other songs and trying to profit,  stop remixing!

Engaging in the online community

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

In the past year besides this blog I can honestly say I have not contributed anything of substance or value to the internet. I’ve always left that to people who have more expertise or experience in their various fields than I do. Currently I consume products and services online from websites such as ebay, groupon and amazon. At the moment nothing inhibits me from producing new and interesting material and sharing it besides the fact I’m not sure if I have anything new or interesting to talk about. If I were to produce something of this nature I am fully aware that there would be a good chance of it being remixed, distorted or changed in some way. When you post something online your taking a big risk and you need to be cautious.


Through various new technologies and websites I have been able to contribute a few things to the web. The first thing I ever uploaded was a Youtube video of me and my friends performing “stunts.” Thanks to cellphones being able to take videos we were able to capture just about anything we thought of and record it on tape. (We were young and heavily influenced by the movie “Jackass”) I cannot say I’m proud of these videos but we loved making them at the time.  Basically everyone who had a phone and an internet connection could upload their videos to Youtube and share it with the world.  As Lev Manovich said in his article ” The explosion of user-created media content on the web (2005-) has unleashed a new media universe.” Media was becoming a part of our everyday life without us really realizing it.

Another website I often contribute to would be Facebook. I will sometimes upload pictures, chat on friends walls or update my status on this website. Facebook seems like it’s part of our culture these days and it is almost strange for someone to not have an account. As Shade says in his article “the expression and sharing of ideas, stories, images, and sounds as a fundamental process of social bonding and conflict via the negotiation of norms, values, and beliefs.” Through new websites and the globalization of technology just about anyone in the world can contribute something to the internet.

Manovich, l. (2008) The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life: From Mass Consumption to Mass Cultural Production?

Shade, L. (Ed.) (2010) Mediascapes. 3rd Edition, Nelson: Toronto.

Information Age

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hmm what does it mean when someone says we live in the information age? As Robin Mansell said in his article “its a notoriously fuzzy concept.” After reading Robin Mansell’s The Life and Times of the Information Society I feel I have a slightly better understanding of this question. The information age is just the next step in the long line of different revolutions throughout human existence;  such as the industrial age that came before it. The information age has to do with the increasing amount of technology use in everyday life. There is no doubt that technology makes our lives easier and more convenient. An obvious example would be the invention of the internet. The internet brings people and ideas together in ways that was previously unimaginable in past revolutions.  The internet is used for such things as: communication; by bringing people around the world together. Information; spreading knowledge and new ideas worldwide with websites like Wikipedia and various virtual universities. Entertainment; whether just by wasting time surfing the net or spending time discovering new things, the web serves as a source of entertainment for people all over the world. Service and E-commerce are also huge since the invention of the internet; now even people in remote places in the world can buy things online and receive many of the same services of people in major cities. Before this technology was as prevalent or even invented people had to rely on their local communities for pretty much everything they need; its as if they had were living on an island. I would say the internet is the main reason globalization has occurred and continues to expand around the world. As Hana said in her blog “Thanks to technology, we are able to connect to people on the other side of the globe in mere seconds” This is a good summary on how important technology is to our lives.

While I’m on the subject of the information age and the effects the internet has on it; its hard to ignore the role that social networking has on society. In Robin Mansell’s The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy article it talks all about the importance of this of social networking. Websites like Facebook and Twitter are the most used networks have have been a huge benefit to society as a whoe by allowing people to connect and share things globally. It’s allowed me to stay in touch with friends I’ve met in Asia and family from Europe. It’s also used to help people get to know and catch up with one another.  Social networking has obviously improved the lives of many people and continues to add convenience into peoples lives.

I would say that information age has had a dramatic impact on most of the world. Whether you use the internet to communicate, to learn, to shop, or countless other things its effect has been extremely important. As long as people use the internet safely and respectively I hope technologies continue to grow and emerge.