ICCIT student Samantha Holmes was recently featured on The National. In fact, our whole class (CCT109 Contemporary Communication Technology) managed to ride Samantha’s coattails for a few seconds. See the video at the link below (10:33) and be sure to check out Samantha’s YouTube channel while you are at it.
I will be presenting some of my current research on networked social movements at the 2014 International Conference of Social Media & Society at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. This particular research examines the utilization of social media platforms by a number of Canadian labor unions for purposes of recruitment and labor action coordination.
I’ll be leading two sessions in this wonderful reading group put together by my intrepid ICCIT comrade Nicole Cohen and Christine Shaw of Blackwood Gallery. I’ll be discussing the economics of advertising in social media and the rise of networked social movements. Be sure to check out the full schedule and suggested readings at the following link: Blackwood Gallery
I did an interview on the economics of the fappening. http://www.canada.com/when+will+reddit+forced+grow/10185586/story.html
The Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) will host the 2015 Union for Democratic Communications conference May 1st-3rd at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. The call for papers is available on the conference website: http://udc2015.wordpress.com/cfp/
We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!
I then left CCA and made the short journey over to Vancouver where I attended an international conference in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. This was one of the best conferences I have ever attended. The conference featured such notables from our field as Jack Qiu, Mark Andrejevic, Dan Schiller, and Richard Maxwell. I was reminded why I was so desperate to come to Canada in the first place. Here was a collection of the world’s best and brightest looking toward the coming collapse and giving careful consideration to the potentials of the post-capitalist age.For my part I was invited to revisit an old and familiar topic. There was not one but two panels on the audience commodity theory. And though I don’t place any value in the theory I do value the debate and the opportunity to critique the theory in the home department of Dallas Smythe. As I hear so much about the so-called rationalization of audience behavior in the context of new media, I also see an overabundance of shady social media management firms and compromised automated data analytic services. I have developed a deeper economic critique of the notion of demand management as it pertains to user activity and I appreciate the opportunity to give it a test-run at SFU.
It has been both a fun and productive week but I am tired and looking forward to a good night’s rest in my own bed.
Walmart is the world’s largest private employer and is absolutely vicious in its hostility toward labor. Resistance to abysmally low pay and poor working conditions has been fomenting for months as workers have spontaneously gone on strike at several Walmart locations. Now workers are attempting to harness the potential of online social media to facilitate a much larger mobilization of labor. Organizers are calling for a US nationwide strike this Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving which is one of the most popular shopping days of the year). This Black Friday support the 2 million plus workers who have made Walmart one of the most financially successful companies in history as they fight for their fair share of the value which they produce. To learn more and find out what you can do to support these workers see below.
I had my fair share of racist commentary coming across my newsfeed in the immediate aftermath of the election. Sadly, I expected no less. As someone who uses online social networks for very public performances of self I often marvel at others who are seemingly oblivious to the public and permanent nature of these systems. Here’s an interesting example of a potential consequence of free speech in the age of online social networking. It certainly begs the question why don’t we have media literacy courses as a required component of our education system? See the link below for more.