Kullena Khaled Said: Revolution 2.0

I found this chapter of the reading very powerful. Ghonim was able to describe and recount the events surrounding his Facebook activist/campaign page “Kullena Khaled Said” with such precision and depth, while also providing critique and responses to what was taking place. It was very fascinating to read about how quickly his page got a following. People seemed to be very active and interested in supporting this cause.

I think that the tactics of the page were very smart and thought out. The strategy of the page was to create a collective identity by posing as Khaled because “Khaled Said was a young man just like me, and what happened to him could have happened to me,” (60). It was a great way to get people to think about how these issues affect everyone. I think that strategy was very effective, in comparison to the more confrontational approach of the other page Ghonim talks about.

On page 67-68 Ghonim describes the strategy of the Facebook page. I think the hardest part of there campaign was to take the issue from the virtual to the actual. To get the people who are mobilized on the internet to then act upon that in the real/physical world. The Silent Stand seemed to be a pretty successful activist event. Like Ghomin said, it sent a message that the people are a unified group and put pressure on the Ministry of Interior. It might not have been an event that worked directly towards creating and implementing change, but that does not mean that the Silent Stand was not helpful or effective.

I was very impressed by the impact of the Facebook page and how it successfully activated people towards a cause. Facebook seems to be being used less now (maybe im just projecting) so I am not sure if the same strategy would be as effective today. As we’ve seen recently with Ferguson, Twitter has been a central platform for mobilizing a critical mass.

Revolution 2.0 and the practice of activism through open system softwares

Revolution 2.0 by Wael Ghonim was a story that carried so much impact in a variety of topics from unfair educational systems to the misuse of governmental power in its ultimate discussion of the Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 20119780547773988.

On page 169 of The Media Ecosystem, Revolution 2.0 is a source of reference depicting how open systems media are popular for their participatory nature. The Google executive and author of Revolution 2.0 was a leading figure of the Egyptian uprising in 2011.

Connecting our readings

In The Media Ecosystem Lopez contends states Ghonim quotes how “what happened in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is very similar to how Wikipedia works: everyone contributes something small to create and build upon an idea that is much greater than the sum of its parts.” oi_software

“Open platforms like Google’s Android are generative: they enable new possibilities and connections to be made by programmers that don’t know each other or may never meet. Open source can be applied to many endeavors…”

-Open source systems, López in The Media Ecosystem

Media should help to facilitate and enlarge the possibility for human experience rather than limit and control it. What are your thoughts?

Why Archive? The Media of Today will Educate Future Audiences

Media shapes our opinions, beliefs, and influences our perception of social issues. Media archiving is essential. Videos, Photographs [etc.] of events and people of today hold value when it is archived for the purpose of educating future generations of people.

Looking back and learning from the events and people who have shaped our world in monumental ways also shows us how we have changed/ harmed our environment/ overcome social challenges. There is so much to learn from reviewing the archived information made available through media technologies that have preserved our history.

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 5.14.31 PMIn this article posted to World News on The Guardian website depict events and people who have shaped our world views and our lives –through pictures. Sharing this article serves to show how media archiving and documenting through media sources is very important in serving to teach future generations and to tell the story of the past to the future….Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 5.03.44 PM

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 5.03.08 PMSource: The top 20 moments that shaped the world – in pictures from 80 landmarks in 80 years: the people and events that shaped our world

Inclusionary housing program fails to be INCLUSIONARY | On Segregation of Property Entrances

NYC upscale apartment building get approved and will include affordable housing units!   ….but wait, tenants living in affordable housing must enter through the ‘POOR DOOR,’ a separate entrance

A view of the high-rises lining Riverside Boulevard, in New York. The city has approved an application by prominent developer Extell to install a 'poor door', or a separate door for tenants living in affordable housing to enter the building through

Under the Inclusionary Housing Program, for which the city approved Nextell’s application, larger properties are allowed to be built as long as they include a portion of affordable housing units. Yet, corporate giants have a talent for weaseling their way to achieving their vision by finding loopholes in contracts, legislation, policy or laws. Are you surprised?

Source | New York Post

Be Brooklyn

hannahmwebster:

Brooklyn-native and holistic enthusiast believes in truth seeking and truth speaking. In “I AM BROOKLYN” poem, this blogger speaks out for the preservation of her beloved community, which is under scrutiny for major gentrification efforts..

“who’s protecting Brooklyn
the cycle keeps repeating
and I can’t keep myself from screaming…
this shit is fucked up!!!

You love Brooklyn?
Wanna be Brooklyn?
But you come and change Brooklyn?!!!
Wanna Upgrade to fake?

not happening….”

Originally posted on Cafecito Break - with Rosangel Perez:

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I am the spice
the strut
the walk
the attitude
you love
and hate so much

I am tough and pretty
refined and gritty
I am the accent
that you recognize
and adore
wherever I go…

I sound like a mobster from Brooklyn, you say?

Talk Brooklyn
Be Brooklyn
Are you Brooklyn

Wow, Brooklyn…

This land is rapidly changing
and replacing so many like me…
You love what we’ve done with the place
now you’re pushing us away
feels like you are raping our land

who’s protecting Brooklyn
the cycle keeps repeating
and I can’t keep myself from screaming…
this shit is fucked up!!!

You love Brooklyn?
Wanna be Brooklyn?
But you come and change Brooklyn?!!!
Wanna Upgrade to fake?

not happening….
that’s not what BK is about…

Some tell me…

“you
are
a dying
breed…”

Am I?
Are We?

I hope not…

#brooklynlivesinme #brooklyn #thisismybrooklyn

Image location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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media-savvy @honnoldlibrary sends “fuel for your daily daydreamin”

Dare I admit that the City of Claremont is “with it” when it comes to their social media and media savvy tools, uploads, and interactive features on their website. They even pursuade visitors to “CONNECT” on social media by advertising hip lingo on their website and the virtual magazine, language we all most likely instantly associate with platforms, such as Twittah & Facebook, as popular social media terminology.

With an interactive map to locate businesses in town, as well as a virtual magazine that sells a picturesque, quaint, leisurely “Claremont Experience.” The software and tools used to promote Claremont are the same of rival softwares to those we explored during last week’s evening computer lab workshop. I just found it wonderfully amusing that Claremont had invested time in developing their media presence for outreach to tourists or surrounding city folks.  It’s important to consider that Claremont can only prosper and grow if its local businesses are advertised and supported, hence the accessible media tools on the City of Claremont website are beneficial to our beautiful town.

For my manifesto project, I will be exploring mapping software and interactive options for those maps. This is how i stumbled upon the City of Claremont’s website and impressive consumer-enticing tools that promote the town’s shops, restaurants and local healthcare professionals. 

Take a peak >>

Claremont's tech savvy with an interactive map that locates places by category (no, the Claremont Colleges are all neglected from inclusion) AND each location is saved for you to return to...Well, I was surprised!

Claremont’s tech savvy with an interactive map that locates places by category (no, the Claremont Colleges are all neglected from inclusion) AND each location is saved for you to return to…Well, I was surprised!

It's a rival to ISSUU online magazine maker.

It’s a rival program to ISSUU online magazine maker.

SIMILARLY, if you find yourself in the Library restroom, you will most likely see a poster that features our library’s INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT and twitter. The twitter account boasts 2k posts and has a following of ~800 devoted library fans. For some reason, it feels surprising to me because I always associate libraries with a place where phone and technology are put out of the mind and books are manually searched for or slow communal computers serve as technology to help you find a resource. (Except now you can hit “Map It” to locate a book’s location.)

Perhaps I’m more baffled that the librarians can manage a Twitter account, something I am hopelessly incapable of.

Check it out! >>

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(Still workin’ out the hashtag situation…

and the @profile linking,

but I didn’t know libraries had things to tweet.

Apparently they do!)

Participatory Media: Mapping Memories

I think that it is pretty obvious the connection this text has to mine and Genna’s project working with Indigitize. Indigitize is a youth participatory media project. The text says:

“The process offers individuals who
are often misrepresented in main
-stream media a chance to find
their voice, develop new skills, and
become storytellers, filmmakers, or
photographers. The process is about
reclaiming voice and representation
and involves ethics, advocacy, and
collaboration.”

I think that this pretty well describes part of the mission of the Indigitize program. But there was something else mentioned in the text that I think more relates to our phone drive.

The tools selected for a project should
be adapted to the group involved
and should remain available to
participants once the workshop is
over. We often chose to use free,
open-source technology to ensure
that participants could access the
software programs at any time after
the sessions.

I think that part of the problem, or where Indigitize could be better, is having the tools more available to the students. When I lead the workshops the students had two cameras that they could check out during the week when we weren’t on campus, but the bigger cameras and more of the equipment had to come back to Pitzer. And the program has no computers or editing software, so the students wouldn’t be able to and aren’t able to edit their own work. I think that the program would be stronger if the tools were more available.

And this is where our phone drive comes in. The phones can be more available to the students at Sherman. Not only that but with apps, like StoryMaker, we can get the students editing software so they can make their own complete videos without needing our presence. I think this is a step in the right direction and will make this participatory media project, Indigitize, more successful and sustainable.

tumblr and Body Image

Tumblr is a fascinating forum to watch the progression of different trends, whether surrounding distribution fashion or culture in general.  More recently, tumblr has been critiqued as a forum that enables the manifestation and distribution of unhealthy body standards. Tumblr accounts can have hundreds of thousands of followers, and furthermore have huge impacts on the malleable body images of young followers. A relatively recent fad that was popular on tumblr within the past year was the idea of having a “thigh gap,”” meaning that young girls would set a goal for their body weights centered around the idea that if their thighs touched when their feet touched, they were too fat. A seemingly unrealistic goal was made perfectly feasible when searched on tumblr; a home for thousands of images of malnourished models with impossibly skinny legs. Tumblr as a company was criticized for the amount of pervasively unhealthy images that were being distributed to malleable youth across the world, rightfully so, even if it was the content that was flawed and unhealthy, not the medium per say.

I thought this issue of medium versus content was relatively interesting, and I was curious to see if tumblr did anything to address this important issue that had tangible consequences. Here is what I found when I searched “thigh gap” on tumblr. Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 5.27.02 PM

It really isn’t much in the big picture, for unhealthy images are still circulated quite often on tumblr, but I still found this to be a step in the right direction on the part of the company. It is important for them to address that some of the content on their site is unhealthy, even if they can’t ban it or regulate more formally, necessarily. I found this to be a particularly fascinating move on tumblr’s part, and was wondering what other’s thought about the effectiveness about this installment on their website.

Video Advocacy and Medium

I thought the reading on “Using Video for Advocacy” was an extremely helpful and relatively comprehensive guide to creating media, specifically film, for a proposed project. I thought it was pretty smart to not only provide a step by step outline of how to go about making a film about something you are passionate about, but also to question whether or not film is the appropriate medium to encourage direct action as a response to the creation. I think that many a time, when we think about even the title of this class, Media and Social Change, the first thing that comes to mind is making a full length documentary about a pressing issue related to social justice/inequality. I think a lot of times, it is important to explore other forms of media to express and distribute a message to the masses, which sometimes can be more effective for the content that is being address, as well as the target audience. A perfect example of this is the Mapping Memories online text, which perfectly exemplifies using a different form of medium to engage with a specific audience and content. I also love how engaging ISSUU can be, not only surrounding the ways the creators of Mapping Memories engaged their students, but also how the medium of the online text can engage the viewers.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Since learning about the public art installation named Native Hosts created by Edgar Heap of Birds on campus (I know it was a while ago.), I have been mindful of recognizing those who used to live on the sacred land that we now comfortably live, work, study, and play on. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, Chance Kawar, a fellow Pitzer College student, and I introduced a resolution to the Pitzer College Student Senate this past Sunday, November 16th asking for the symbolic recognition by the Student Senate of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and strongly encourage the Claremont University Consortium to also recognize the day on all calendars.

As a student body, we pride ourselves on diversity and inclusivity. This is a symbolic action to demonstrate solidarity with the Indigenous community and to show them that we welcome their identities and cultural heritages. This is a means of promoting an inclusive campus climate as well as recognizing the struggles that many Indigenous peoples face to this day.

Through his art, Edgar Heap of Birds made me think of who used to live on the sacred land of Pitzer College that we are on. It was the Indigenous peoples and their sacred villages and communities that live here. Let’s recognize that.

A Resolution by the Pitzer College Student Senate

Resolution 51-R-2

Introduced: November 16, 2014

Approved: TBD                                                                                        

Author(s): Senator Chance Kawar and Secretary Josue Pasillas

Topic: In Support of the Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the Pitzer College Student Senate

WHEREAS, the second Monday of the month of October is currently designated as an official holiday—Columbus Day—by both the United States Federal Government and the State of California; AND

WHEREAS, the celebration of Columbus Day is considered offensive to many Americans because it celebrates the life of an individual widely credited with committing crimes against humanity and the ongoing marginalization, discrimination, and poverty that indigenous communities face today; AND

WHEREAS, in a community that prides itself on diversity and inclusivity, we have a moral responsibility to speak out against a holiday that misrepresents the core values and principles we stand for as a college; AND

WHEREAS, Native American and/or Indigenous students deserve to feel welcomed on a campus where they may feel both their identity and cultural heritage is both celebrated and recognized as legitimate; AND

WHEREAS, Native Americans and/or Indigenous peoples deserve to have an official holiday that commemorates their achievements and solemnly remembers the centuries of sacrifice, hardship, discrimination, and brutality which they have been systematically subjected to; AND

WHEREAS, many jurisdictions and municipalities throughout the nation have taken steps to replace recognition of “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in order to honor the aforementioned.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Pitzer College and the Pitzer College Student Senate officially censures the celebration and recognition of Columbus Day for any and all purposes on Pitzer College’s campus; AND

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Pitzer College Student Senate officially recognize the second Monday of each October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” for all official calendar and celebratory purposes as a means of promoting an inclusive campus climate as well as recognizing the struggles that many Indigenous communities face to this day; AND

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Pitzer College Student Senate strongly encourages the Claremont University Consortium to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on all calendars; AND

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon passage of this resolution, a final copy be delivered to Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley, Pitzer College Acting-President Thomas Poon, Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Carlisle, Vice President of Communications Mark Bailey, Dean of Faculty Muriel Poston, and Chief Executive Officer of the Claremont University Consortium Stig Lanesskog.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Carlisle deliver an oral or written statement to the Pitzer College Student Senate upon consultation with the President and members of her cabinet.