This is a full copy, hosted on Youtube, of the movie ‘The Yes Men Fix The World’. It’s a great film, which I hadn’t seen before but heard many great things about. Now I understand the hype. Basically, The Yes Men are a pair of friends who pull off some amazing pranks in order to try and make people realize the damage big businesses and “the free market” have wrought. The whole thing is super interesting and quite funny, despite dealing with many tender topics, including Hurricane Katrina and the Bhopal gas tragedy.
One of the things that struck me in this film was the fact that many of their biggest pranks were able to happen because they made good use of the internet. I’ve been thinking about the movie and how it relates to my class, Approaches to Media Studies. It’s really cool to think that they had the ability to fool people just by making a website. I think it really enhances the ‘value’ aspect of the Digital Projects we work on. A lot of value came from the Yes Men setting up their fake DOW website, seeing as they managed to appear at a conference and get a BBC World interview. I think of this tactic as a form of culture jamming. I think all of their work was a form of culture jamming, actually. The fake New York Times, for example. It took a popular form of culture and remade it in a thought provoking image. I think that this is proof in the power of these tactics. This is, too, the magic of the internet, and other forms of social media! This is why shows like The Colbert Report are so popular. Because taking the image of something that is wrong in society and perverting it to show the truth, or an ideal situation, is a very effective method of activism.
This movie really got me thinking about my own Digital Projects, and I think I will create a series of culture jamming images/websites and post them online. I’m excited to follow in the Yes Men’s footsteps a little bit. It may not have such an important impact, but it’ll get me thinking.
Anyway, this is a great film and if you haven’t seen it, check it out now. You can also torrent it, because they expressly request P2P sharing due to a lawsuit from The US Chamber of Commerce. Run, don’t walk. Watch the film.
When Archie and Valerie first started dating back in 2010, I wrote about what it meant in the context of a company that in the past had treated interracial dating as something so controversial that obviously black characters were colored in the stories to have lighter skin. In fact, it was standard practice for years to introduce minority characters in twos so that they could pair off without having to date Betty or Veronica — a Nancy for every Chuck and a Frankie Valdez for every Ginger Lopez.
Archie and Valerie change all that, and the way that it’s been pulled off in the past by writer/artist Dan Parent, one of Archie’s strongest creators, has made perfect sense. They build their relationship on a mutual love of music and, in Archie’s case, the fact that he falls in love with beautiful girls regardless of race. As an isolated idea, it meant a lot, but in elevating it to this level, their relationship is being treated as something just as valid as Archie’s relationships with Betty and Veronica. The addition of a daughter, something that hasn’t been explored in the Betty or Veronica marriages and something that has traditionally been even more controversial in American history, goes even further — in a good way."
digital project from my Media Studies class
If I ever have a daughter, I want to raise her to feel good about her body, even though the media will constantly attempt bring her down, and make her feel horrible about herself. I will teach her that no amount of money will solve any “problems” she thinks she has.
I will teach her to not allow…
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Canadian Journalism Foundation
Full-time contract position
Start Date: August 2011
Term of Contract: 12 month contract; possibility of renewal
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Deadline for application: August 5, 2011
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program; by operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French), in cooperation with the country’s leading journalism schools; and by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, politicians, government officials and academics about the role of the media in Canadian society.
Reporting directly to the executive director, this position is responsible for providing assistance and support to the overall operation of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. The position requires strong computer and internet research skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with all levels of volunteer management and staff as well as stakeholders and vendors.
This position will be of particular interest to an administrative professional who is a highly organized self-starter and enjoys having the broad range of responsibilities that goes with working in a small organization.
Manage administrative systems to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the office and programs, including management of the office equipment (phone/computers/etc). Maintain office supplies and filing system, and complete general office duties including photocopying, faxing, and coordinating mail-outs and courier services. Maintain and update databases and distribution lists. Organize Board of Director and committee meetings including drafting and distribution of meeting minutes.
SUPPORT FOR FUNDRAISING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Keep an accurate log of all donations received, issue and record all tax receipts, and prepare and send thank you letters. Process incoming bills and outgoing cheques. Maintain monthly files of revenues and expenses to be transferred to bookkeeper. Conduct prospect research and track fundraising activity. Prepare and follow-up on invoices and provide other financial management support as required.
SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMMING
Assist with execution, tracking and evaluation of all events, including the annual awards gala. Prepare prospect lists, coordinate mail-outs, liaise with participants, assist with promotion, etc.. Assist with management of the awards programs, including promotions, tracking applications and coordinating with award committees.
The ideal candidate will be a professional with:
-3 to 5 years experience in office administration
-Strong knowledge of office software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint required
-Strong problem solving abilities
-Accuracy and high attention to detail
-Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and experience working with volunteer committees
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Experience in event organization is an asset
-Basic fundraising knowledge and experience in data entry and donation handling an asset
-Working knowledge of French is an asset
-Understanding that extended hours are necessary upon occasion
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Please forward your curriculum vitae and cover letter by 5:00 pm on Friday August 5, 2011.
If after reviewing the above requirements and responsibilities you feel you have the necessary qualifications, please direct your resume in confidence to:
The Canadian Journalism Foundation
59 Adelaide Street East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6