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.
"I'm Not Next."
A chorus of resistance is rising on social media this week, as Indigenous girls and women take a stand against furthering their portrayal as victims by posting pictures of themselves with the hashtag #ImNotNext.
With the extremely high goal of being the “Most Amazing Guide Ever” Green Memes has curated an awesome 81 page primer to social justice activism online. The guide includes practical advice and case studies alongside introductions to using twitter, facebook and gmail. It goes beyond the simple 101 to discuss how to create a Facebook Storm, how to make your own memes with no design experience and why it all matters offline.
The guide is authored by over 30 of the top online organizers from a spectrum of progressive movement groups: from 350.org, Freedom to Marry, New Organizing Institute, Avaaz, GetEqual, Greenpeace, Idle No More, Open Media, and many others.
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.