It's Friday, January 29, and the dining room at Nyood is packed. Vegetable antipasto, panko-crusted chicken, and malta braised short ribs are coming out of the kitchen of the restaurant in Toronto, courtesy of head chef and Food Network personality Roger Mooking. The lights are dim and the music is loud. Champagne and wine are flowing. A Tribe Called Quest is pumping from the speakers and diners are getting up to dance.
The front of the restaurant is glowing dimly in the light of a projection floating over the DJ booth on the rough white wall opposite the bar. On screen is the restaurant's twitter feed, which is shifting with updates in real time.
Juggling work, family and other commitments can make it difficult to stay on top of your city’s politics, but the internet and social media have made it easier than ever to be civically engaged. Can’t make it to a Council meeting? Follow the live-stream from the comfort of your home or office. No idea when the issues that matter to you will come up on Council floor? Familiarize yourself with the Toronto City Council Meeting Monitor. Want to meet people who share your views on city issues? Chances are you can find them on Twitter.
Attend this workshop to learn the basics on how to use social media and web resources to stay engaged with your city and connect with others who share your interests.
March 21st 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Digital Storytelling From The Heart
with Jordan Bower in Vancouver
Tune your online voice. Social and transmedia offer artists, activists, and thought leaders new ways to build connections with your audience. Discover how to make yours stand out. The Internet is more than a collection of data. It is actually an instrument of feeling -- whether the feeling of loneliness abated or wisdom shared. How does your song fit in? Through critical analysis and discussion, you'll recall your own vitally important melody, learn to create stories that are curing -- not viral -- and experiment with novel approaches to inspiring connection, wonder, and action.
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In 1985, Neil Postman wrote Amusing Ourselves to Death. In it he argued that we were living not in a dystopic Orwellian society, but, rather in the Brave New World of Aldous Huxley. Back then Postman viewed television as the pervasive narcotic, soma, that lulled the populace into submission. In the past few months I've come to believe soma has a new name: viral fluff.
Leave it to one misplaced tweet by a member of the federal cabinent to make the case that the Tories are out to get labour unions. Earlier this week Minister of Labour Jason Kenney tweeted, then quickly deleted, his thoughts on working with his apparently non-unionized staff.
It’s interesting how 140 characters can betray so much about the writer.
For instance, we now know that Kenney at the very least promotes the idea that unionized workers are somehow lazier or less willing to work late than others. I’m sure the many unionized staff of other MPs might take issue with that assertion. Hopefully, Kenney’s staff was being adequately compensated for their late night work session.
Cyberbulling, poor working conditions, health implications: Why are we so in love with social media?
#lightwebdarkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media B4 it Re-forms Us
Raffi Cavoukian is the world’s best known children’s troubadour. He is a staple of modern childhood. Both the Washington Post and the Toronto Star call him "the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world."