I chose to do my Storify article on Global Warming. Throughout the duration of this course I have been providing information on mostly the causes and effects of Global Warming. For my storify article i decided to take a different approach and discuss the myths and realities of Global Warming. I think it is important to be able to separate the truths and misconceptions in order to really be able to make a change. I think there is a lot of misinformation out there about Global Warming and I hope the articles I have chosen and explained in my post will help to clear things up. I included both heavy articles which explain in detail the effects and results of Global warming as well as information about future plans and things we can do. I hope you enjoy!


Summative blog post – module 6

After reading the other blog posts, I agree that social media such as, Twitter, Facebook and blogs provide individuals with the opportunity to participate. I think that the way social media sites are set up now provides people with great opportunities to start conversations and discuss issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing elsewhere. For the most part, the media such as News on television and Newspapers only discuss the issues that will attract the most viewers or that are the most controversial, this does not provide the people with the opportunity to discuss their opinions or view stories that are important to them.

I do not personally participate in citizen journalism but it has proven to be useful to me a few times for projects or information that I needed on specific topics. Twitter makes it very easy and convenient to type in an issue by hash tag and you can find tons of pages on that issue.  I completely agree with the fact that social media pages are increasing the amount that people are able to participate in activism. I think the fact that people’s opinions are constantly in front of us when we log into our social media accounts forces individuals to think and have opinions on important matters that they might not have thought they cared about. Since our generation has become accustomed to having information right away, all the time whenever we want it I believe this instills a desire in people to know what is happening constantly. I do not see this, as a negative thing because I believe it is important for the public to be informed about what is happening not only in our country but also around the world. Social media has made this possible and has almost unknowingly forced people to be informed by placing all kinds of stories all over the Internet where it is almost impossible to have an uninformed citizen today. Although there may be a generational gap in the way cyber democracy works, I think it will eventually pick up and be larger than ever. The younger generation has already proven to be interested and able to access the information they want and I believe the more it is encouraged and placed on social media sites it civil journalism will be the greatest form of journalism. 

Module 6- Initial blog post

The Dahlgren article begins by explaining how democracy does not necessarily tend to enhance participation. He goes on to explain that this lack of participation comes from the need for political powers to diminish societal development in the form and civic participation. This brings upon the need for Neoliberalism which allows us to shape our values, social relationships and political goals this is important for globalization (Dahlgren, 2012). Dahlgren explains that democracies normally rely on the rights of citizens and their rights to participate in political life. This shows the importance of us as citizens being involved in voting and rooting for the political party of our choice because it is of importance to democratic parties. Although, there seems to be a bit of a contradiction in the democratic system because there are many things that seem to delimit participation instead of providing opportunity. Dahlgren begins to explain that the introduction of the web environment provides great potential to improving participation. There are many more ways to participate and the tools are more effective, inexpensive and much easier to access. I agree that the use of media and technology will encourage people to participate more in political affairs because people are often more willing to do things if they are presented conveniently. If citizens are able to participate from their home and on their own time they will be much more likely to do so.

            Jenkins and Thorburn discuss the opposing side of the cyber democracy. They explain that the use of media and Internet for democratic purposes is not going to take off as quickly as we think. Since the popularity of the internet is fairly new, a stuff showed that only 50 percent of Internet users under the age of thirty said the net affected their vote, which shows that there may be a generational gap in the use of media and internet for voting (Jenkins, Thorburn, 2003). They discuss that digital democracy will likely be unevenly dispersed for a while, it is obviously not for everyone seeing as there are many people who still prefer the old fashioned way of voting, participating and being informed. It is difficult to say what is the best method to creating “informed citizens”. It will be difficult to judge the value of the use of digital democracy and keeping things the way there are. Of course there will always be citizens who are not satisfied, but keeping in mind that the world is taking a technological shift I think eventually digital democracy will begin to grow and be the highest form of democracy. 

Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn. Introduction: The Digital Revolution, the Informed Citizen, and the Culture of Democracy. in Jenkins, H. & D. Thorburn eds. (2003). Democracy and New Media. Cambridge MA: MIT Press. p1-17. 

Dahlgren, P. (2012). Reinventing participation: civic agency and the web environment. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations. 4.2, p27.


This is my podcast on Global Warming. Unfortunately, after many failed attempts I was not able to get it embedded in my blog but the link will take you to it. Since I have not done a podcast it was impossible not to get a recording without studdering a few times so hopefully that is not too distracting.. My podcast is based on two newpaper articles discussing President Obamas view on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. I hope this topic is interesting for those of you who do not know much about it. Hope you enjoy!


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Summative blog post – Module 5

I found everyone’s comments very interesting in the sense that we all agree it will be extremely difficult to put an end to all piracy since it has become the norm. Piracy unfortunately is the easiest, and most convenient (in more ways than one) way to have all the music we want. We live in a world of convenience where people have a more selfish view of the goods they are entitled to, I believe since we have seen everyone downloading music and haven’t had to buy cds since we were very young it creates a tendency to think that it is justifiable and normal. I do agree with as09em that piracy is not acceptable and I am aware that I mentioned the music industry should accept it – but I meant more as they should accept it because it will not be going away and they should try to find ways to make money based on the piracy issue. I do agree that it is wrong and not fair to take money from the individuals who rely on music and the music industry to provide them with an income and devote their life to it. I also agree with mcgip that there is question as to whether or not major record companies are relevant anymore. It is interesting to bring up this point because based on how long piracy and illegal downloading has been going on it causes me to wonder how are these companies surviving? And could people potentially still produce music without them or is it time for a new form of music development. I personally do download music and have been for many years now so it is very difficult to place yourself in the position of being someone who contributes to the problem when you know that you are just one of millions who file share. I completely agree with Amanda that there are just way to many costs in our lives already to be adding on paying for music when we have become accustomed to getting it for free. I know that it is horrible to expect to get it for free but in reality that is what piracy has done to the music industry – now that people have become used to and expect to download music for free it will be extremely difficult to get people to pay for this commodity again. I leant this week that piracy and illegal downloading is still extremely relevant. I knew it was since I still download and basically everyone I know does as well. But for a while it seemed that websites such as limewire and napster being shut down perhaps put a small end to the issue when it reality it is now clear to me that piracy is still extremely high and the problem is not going to go away any time soon. The music industry will be forced to find a cost effective way to sell music and perhaps work on getting people to believe in the importance of the music industry again. 

Initial Blog post – Module 5

For many years now there has been the discussion of “Pirates” and illegally downloading music and whether or not it is bad, or allows individuals to explore their creativity. “Digital Piracy” is defined by Steinmetz as the illegal act of copy digital goods, software, documents and videos for reasons other than compensation to the copyright holder (Steinmetz, 2011). Much of the youth does not understand the meaning or severity of the pirating industry and they feel almost entitled to obtaining these digital goods without paying for them. Some years back there was a definite rise in the piracy of music and it was a major concern for the music industry. The introduction of “Napster” and many other downloading agents presented an economic issue for the music industry because the youth no longer needed to purchase albums since they could easily access them online. Napster presented a new form of circulating and distributing content rather than being its own content (Bradley, 2013). As explained in the Ted Talk by Larry Lessig, today’s culture is more about sharing and remixing already existing content. The youth has more of an interest in making their own versions of products, which already exist, and putting a creative spin on it. Lessig explains that although this is a form of creativity to remix these already existing files, it also restricts creativity because it is still not original or created by the user themselves. Napster creates a sort of “online community” which can be problematic for the music industry because it allows users to share not only with themselves but also each other pirated music and files and have the power to circulate it within the community. The problem with these websites such as, Napster is that “pirates” have a desire to share digital cultural artifacts and to sample without paying and some have an inability to afford digital content. Although these sites are obviously detrimental for the music industry these reasons for piracy do make sense to the youth of today. I believe the only way for the music industry to stay on their feet in this era of digital sharing is to accept tat there will always be some sort of piracy going on because it will be next to impossible to stop it, but there will always be people and dedicated fans who wish to place their money into the music industry. I think that if people believe in a product enough, they will ultimately still pay for it and help contribute to its success.

Steinmetz, K., K. Tunnell (2013). Under the Pixelated Jolly Roger: A Study of On-Line PiratesDeviant Behavior. 34 (1), pg. 53-67 

Short video – Module 4

I created my video using ivideo for mac. It was quite challenging at first to get used to all the options for voice overs and transitions and figuring out how to only put parts of videos together. I compiled my video using youtube footage from the tsunami in Japan in 2011, both footage from the tsunami itself and then footage of the damage after. I also parts of an interview with David Suzuki to highlight how natural disasters are partially the faults of humans.