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.
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."
For the last few years, my routine has been to wake early, make coffee and spend time on social media networks -- reading articles, commenting on friend's photos, discussing my favourite subjects on blogs, and occasionally writing commentary here. This routine coincided with the purchase of my first Mac laptop, which gave me the option of being online while propped up on the couch, with my coffee steaming on the table next to me.
Thanks to Labor Notes for this handy guide, written by Hannah Roditi and Yoni Miller!
MOBILIZING BY MOBILE PHONE
Two reasons mobile is key: almost everyone has a cellphone, and almost everyone reads their text messages—half within five minutes.
Occupy groups, the California Nurses Association, AFSCME in Michigan, the immigrant rights movement, youth organizing groups, the NAACP, and many others use texting to:
The current form of globalization is distinct from previous ones because it is conditioned by information technology. This technology, according to the sociologist Manuel Castells in his recent Networks of Outrage and Hope, is characterized by informational networks. Contemporary globalization extends its informational network structure into every domain of life: employment, romance, friendships and social movements.
Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Before it Re-Forms Us
The following is an excerpt from the preface of the new book Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us by acclaimed children's singer Raffi Cavoukian, which is a critical response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment and calls for the reform of social media in the areas of safety, intelligence and sustainability.
**About the event**:
A panel presentation and public discussion on the impact of social media in spreading Idle No More and in impacting the media discourse around Indigenous issues in Canada. The creative use of social media made it impossible for the mainstream media to ignore #IdleNoMore, and continues to shape how this unprecedented debate is taking place throughout society. Join us for an evening of talking and tweeting about #IdleNoMore.
* Cecilia Point, spokesperson for the Musqueam Nation