Tag: Media Savvy

  • In the Blog

    Q&A with Edge of East’s Jackie Torrens

    July 18th, 2014     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Anne Thériault interviews documentary filmmaker Jackie Torrens about her latest work, Edge of East, which airs this Saturday on CBC Maritimes. The film, at its core, is about people who love what they love, whether it’s yodelling, Steampunks, or UFO enthusiasts. READ MORE

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    Abundant Bodies: Media making and movement building

    May 30th, 2014     by Asam Ahmad     Comments

    The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit, Michigan. For the first time this year, there will be a track (a series of workshops/panels/sessions) that will explore body positivity in our movements and create media that resists dominant narratives about body size. READ MORE

  • Youth Voices

    Rookie Yearbook-In-Review 2

    April 16th, 2014     by Zephyr McKenna     Comments

    Zephyr McKenna shares zir thoughts on Rookie’s second year, second yearbook, and the Toronto launch party at Magic Pony! READ MORE

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    Monthly Music Musings: Perfect Pussy

    April 4th, 2014     by Becky Martyn     Comments

    Introducing our new monthly music blog by Becky Martyn. This month she features noise-punk band Perfect Pussy. READ MORE

  • Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes: Copy Editing

    March 18th, 2014     by Jessie Hale     Comments

    I’m hunched over the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, my brow furrowed. Should “socioeconomic” have a hyphen? Should Québec have an accent over the first “e”? How many “r’s” in “riot grrrl”? Forget about how to hyphenate “two-spirit”; they don’t even have an entry for that. Welcome to my world as copy editor for Shameless! READ MORE

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    TIFF Next Wave Film Festival Competition

    January 2nd, 2014     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    The Toronto International Film Festival Battle of the Scores showcase has just released its competition info, check it out below: TIFF is now accepting entries for the Battle of the Scores competition (BotS). High-energy, high-profile and unique, BotS showcases youth music and film talent by challenging high-school bands to create and perform original scores for short films. The competition is live, and a winner is determined by audience votes and a panel of esteemed judges from … READ MORE

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    Changing the channel on gender in media

    November 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Vanessa Ciccone At an event put on by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in Calgary last month, Geena Davis stated, “The more hours of TV a girl watches, the less opportunities she thinks she has. For a boy, the more sexist his views become.” In 2004 Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to shift female portrayals and gendered stereotypes in children’s entertainment. The Institute conducts research and offers training to alter how women … READ MORE

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    Guest Blog: Feminist Felons: How ‘Orange is the New Black’ Transgresses Traditional Television

    October 3rd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Maria Arseniuk Chances are youx02BCve either seen, heard, or read about the Netflix phenomenon Orange is the New Black (OITNB). If you have, and are currently basking in the glory of inclusive awesomeness that is OINTB read on; if you havenx02BCt then stay tuned - shitx02BCs about to get real. Herex02BCs the deal: OITNB is subversive to the normative cultural representations of popular culture depictions of femininity, incarceration, heteronomativity and power. Get comfortable because there is … READ MORE

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    The Fosters and the Successes of Representation

    September 14th, 2013     by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite     Comments

    One of the things I did to numb the pain of my beloved Bunheads’ cancellation this summer was to search through the ABC Family lineup for a suitable replacement. I was looking for something funny with a dash of sass and maybe a little dancing. Instead, I found The Fosters, a heartfelt family drama about a blended family living in San Diego, California. I was pretty skeptical of The Fosters at first, because the … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance

    August 27th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    There has been a lot of writing on Miley Cyrus’s performance at the Video Music Awards this past weekend, from all angles. This one is important. From Ninjacate writing at Groupthink at Jezebel: As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Our Stories, Our Agency over Our Media & The Allied Media Conference for a Just World

    August 13th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By MaryCarl Guiao Do we know our history so we know where our work lies? There’s no time like when you’re that close to the opening event featuring an interactive, investigative hip-hop experience with Complex Movements that we are all eagerly anticipating, for the US border guards to suddenly bring our travel to an hour and a half halt. Prince’s Purple Rain album is on its second rotation because we forgot to bring the over-five-hour-ride mix … READ MORE

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    Not your ‘Fashion Dots’: The Continuous Appropriation of Bindis

    July 1st, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    In the latest slew of North American women pop stars to don the bindi, white-passing Selena Gomez clocked in at number 10 for her MTV Movie Awards performance of “Come and Get It.” While it can only be assumed that Selena probably didn’t think this move through, the question remains as to why popular pop stars such as Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have … READ MORE

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    Dance Your Ass Off: The Summer-Specific Appeal of Bunheads

    June 21st, 2013     by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite     Comments

    There are some TV shows that keep you on the edge of your seat from episode to episode (Scandal, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones come to mind), and there are some that require a little more patience for a big payoff in action, romance, or some other development that is integral to the show. One of these shows is Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino’s newest show, Bunheads, an ABC Family drama/comedy about a … READ MORE

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    Shaming Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood

    April 19th, 2013     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

    In his New York Times op-ed, Richard Reeves argues that shame is an integral part of a healthy, liberal society. The op-ed was written in response to the New York City Human Resources Administration’s recent ad campaign targeting teen pregnancy. The campaign ads are featured on bus shelters in “neighbourhoods with high rates of teenage pregnancy,” meaning, in effect, neighbourhoods experiencing poverty and historical disenfranchisement. The ads feature toddlers saying things such as: “Honestly, Mom… chances are he … READ MORE

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    LOL: Humour and Feminism

    March 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    My acupuncturist said I needed to laugh a lot this past week, and I made a funny face at her—not funny-haha, but funny-“What the??” I made this face because I work at a rape crisis centre and it certainly has proved a challenge to laugh a lot there. Further, as an activist, most people have deemed me as too serious, over-political and of course, “can’t take a joke.” I love jokes. And I, myself, am … READ MORE

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    That’s Rockist! A racialized experience of listening to western rock music Part I

    January 28th, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    Worn out leather jackets. Black skinny pants. Studded accessories. Groupies. Lots of groupies. Cowboy boots. Unkempt hair. Glamourous makeup. Despair. Joy. Smashing guitars in hotel rooms and getting caught in Tokyo for trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan. These terms and phrases reflect only some of the things that have come to inform the public imagination about what makes up the image of a rock star. While a careful and thoughtful analysis of pinpointing the precise social, economic and cultural factors for why rock music in … READ MORE

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    Media Action Media sparks a Canadian conversation on media representation of women

    December 20th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    By Layla Cameron The media, in all of its forms, defines and constrains who women are, what they can be, and what they look like. As most women live outside of these constructions, these media images and representations are incredibly damaging on both an individual and societal level. That’s where the REPRESENT. project steps in. REPRESENT. is the latest initiative from Media Action Media, an organization that seeks to promote gender equity for women-identified individuals through media criticism and … READ MORE

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    Rape Culture in Popular Culture

    November 27th, 2012     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Let’s start out with a few basic facts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a dreamboat. Like, on a scale of one to super-ultimate-double-plus-dreamboat, he is pretty high up there. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reaching unprecedented break-my-marriage-vows levels of attractiveness. I would pay good money to watch a movie that was nothing but Joseph Gordon-Levitt sitting on a chair reading the phone book. Not convinced? I present you with Exhibit A: And Exhibit B: [YouTube video of Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing a cover of … READ MORE

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    Misogyny in Geek Culture

    October 15th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Seventh grade was the year I realized that I definitely Wasn’t Cool. Until that point, my relative coolness had been up for debate - sure, I was a brainiac know-it-all who spent most of her spare time with her nose stuck in a book, but I’d always done well socially and had a fairly sizeable group of friends. Something happened, though, during that summer before seventh grade. Some kind of paradigm shift went down among the … READ MORE

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    Second Looks: A Sailor, A Nurse, and Sexual Assault

    October 6th, 2012     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    Photos are funny, aren’t they? A look through an album or Instagram and you see moments in time, frozen with the click of a shutter. It is, as Susan Sontag observed in her book of essays On Photography, proof that you were somewhere. A photo is a pictorial declaration that you took up space, at some point, in some location. And then, there are those images that are, for many, instantly recognizable. We might know nothing … READ MORE

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