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Has Social Media Helped Democracy?

Nowadays, with the explosion of social media, everyone has the chance to everyone to express themselves freely and have a chance to be heard on a worldwide level at the simple touch of a keyboard or smartphone. Now my question is, in your views, has social media helped democracy in any way?

 

One one hand, one may argue that it has because everyone now has a direct way to let their views known on a worldwide level, but how important i

 

On the other hand, politicians and the media also participate in social media, so is it really more social or democratic, or still very influenced by the media?

 

Let the debate start!

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Revolutionary Horizons: Debating the democratic potential of the Internet

Apr 12, 2013
SFU Vancouver, Fletcher Challenge Theatre (Room #1900)
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 17' 2.9976" N, 123° 6' 43.524" W
British Columbia CA
This free event will bring two esteemed scholars together to debate how we can best understand the role of the Internet in shaping the possibilities and limitations of collective action.
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“Social Justice Media: Web 3.0 and the Public Square”

Mar 11, 2013 to Mar 12, 2013
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, at Ryerson
245 Church St (at Gould, 2 blocks north of Dundas) Wheelchair accessible, and free!
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 28.9404" N, 79° 22' 39.5148" W
Ontario CA
A public lecture by Dorothy Kidd about activism, social media vs. old media, and the implications for social change
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How do Progressive and Conservative news watching habits differ?

This week I decided to look at whether supporters of various political parties had different news consumption patterns and compare them to undecided voters. To do this I'm going back to the Canadian Election Study 2011 data. Obviously, things may have changed since then, but this is the most current raw data source I have for this question. 

The first question I thought I'd look at is how much time people spent consuming news (Question 81 in the Post Election Survey(PES)) broken down by party self-identification.

 

Charts and the rest of the post can be found here

Event

Lost & Found Gallery Fundraiser

Feb 28, 2013 to Mar 1, 2013
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 38' 33.216" N, 79° 25' 37.6212" W
Ontario CA
We are very excited to invite you to celebrate the launch of our documentary, LOST & FOUND.
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These poll results aren't pleasant...

... but expected.

http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5961

Thersea Spence has been called "seflish" and a "terrorist" in the mainstream media. The Corporate Press fell hook line and sinker into the trap of fixating on the community's supposed "mismanagement" under Spence (even though her entire tenure as Chief was during the co-management with the Fes regime).

I'm rather sad about the results for my home region of the prairies. It really does seem that there's a risk for racially polarized politics to develop in the prairies as they have in the US.

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Film Screening and Director Q&A: A Bitter Taste of Freedom

Nov 23, 2012
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 55.3104" N, 79° 23' 58.6932" W
Ontario CA
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) will screen a documentary film about the life and career of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
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World Stage 2013

Feb 7, 2013 to May 27, 2013
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto
Canada
43° 38' 20.8248" N, 79° 22' 58.4076" W
CA
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Marty Gold & Red RIver College

Does anyone know what the deal with Marty Gold & KICK-FM is? I know all the facts, aside from the fact that his program was cancelled, haven't exaclty come out. Most of what I could find about the controversy were either written by Marty Gold or his supporters.

Additionally, most of what I've found is quite polemical & doesn't exactly provide a concise summary of the case (sounding, at times, almost conspiratorial - with insinuations of "power players" like "Margo Godhand" or "Greg Selinger" somehow being involved). Maybe if I listened to Marty's podcasts (which I don't), I'd have a more organized understanding of (his side of) the case. 

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Media Democracy conference

Nov 17, 2012 to Nov 18, 2012
University of Ottawa Ottawa , ON
Canada
45° 25' 17.508" N, 75° 41' 49.8948" W
Ontario CA
This conference is intended for media-makers, activists and others who are interested in learning more about alternative media and developing some reporting skills.
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Harper's tax increase that, can be as much as 10% and targets unionized workers

Now you would think I am making this up because the media is not discussing it. I am not making it up. I will provide the links and information below since so you don't have to take my word for it:

The media is covering how many hidden things are in the budget but are missing this one:

22 changes in the budget bill fine print 457-page omnibus budget implementation bill amends 64 different Acts or regulations

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/10/19/pol-list-2nd-omnibus-bi...

But no mention of a tax increase there.

This tax increase is the decision to make extended group health contributions taxable by the employees as they never were before.

This is how it is today:

From the CRA Employer tax guide:

Event

Reimagine CBC: The Final Reveal

Oct 23, 2012 to Oct 24, 2012
Revival Bar
783 College Street Livestream and interactive chat also available: http://www.livestream.com/reimaginecbc
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 17.334" N, 79° 25' 12.0396" W
Ontario CA
Join us at Revival Bar from 7-10 p.m. for a night of comedy, music, and scintillating dialogue with expert panelists as we present *your* recommendations for the CBC.
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The interview with Kim han sol, "My uncle is a dictator"

Kim Jong-il's teenage grandson said his uncle, new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is a dictator in a reare interview with a member of one of the world's most secretive ruling families. Kim Han-sol is the son of Kim Jong-il's eldest son Kim Jong-nam, who lost his sanding in the family after he was caught trying to sneak into Japan using a fake passport, wanting to visit Disneyland.

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Georgia Straight alleges VANOC CEO John Furlong abused Aboriginal high school students

Earlier today, Vancouver free weekly The Georgia Straight published allegations that VANOC CEO, Chairperson of Own the Podium and Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps John Furlong (O.C., O.B.C.), misreported details in his recent autobiography Patriot Hearts of his original entry into Canada. Specifically, Furlong did not enter Canada in 1974, but in 1969 as an Oblate Frontier Apostle missionary. 

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Canzine Vancouver

Nov 17, 2012 to Nov 18, 2012
W2
111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver
Canada
49° 16' 55.326" N, 123° 6' 26.496" W
CA
Over 50 of Vancouver and B.C.'s best zines and underground publications! Plus a participatory drawing show with curators Alex Stursberg and Brennan Kelly.
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Canzine Toronto

Oct 21, 2012
918 Bathurst Centre
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 6.9276" N, 79° 24' 45.6264" W
Ontario CA
Hundreds of zines and indie books for display and for sale plus more!

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