Archive for the 'Activism' Category

Security and its Publics

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

I am wrapping up here at Security and Its Publics, a fascinating workshop that I was invited to participate in. The workshop aimed to bring, “sociological, political and cultural theories of publics into a dialogue with critical security studies. To date these important literatures have evolved largely in isolation from one another. At an empirical […]

Alternative Media in Canada – finally!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

My chapter in Alternative Media in Canada began as a conversation over beer at the International Communication Association’s annual conference in Montreal in 2008. Many versions and almost four years later, the book is in print! And net neutrality and digital copyright, the subject of my chapter, are still as important as ever. I’m chuffed […]

#OccupyEverywhere: Breaking up with capitalism

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

#OccupyWallSt has grown from a site specific protest to a global movement in just one month, moving from the obscurity of a corporate media blackout, to the limelight of a media circus. Talking heads and corporate media puppets are literally beside themselves with the growing occupation, unable to make heads or tails of what it […]

Cities, (im)mobilities and the politics of visibility

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I wrote this for Subversive Technologies, the 2011 “digital event” hosted by e-fagia.  Consisting of an online exhibition of Internet art and art projects relating to technology, a gallery exhibition of video and electronic art, and online publications of curatorial statements and articles, Subversive Technologies investigates how artists respond to communication technology as one of […]

No surprise: G20 cams *not* down!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As of last week, this CCTV camera remained in place at Queen and Peter Streets, despite media reports that the security cameras erected for the G20 summit last June had been taken down. Although Toronto Police announced the 71 CCTV cameras acquired for the G20 would be removed upon “the completion of the event, when […]

Toronto G20 security cams down?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

As part of its $1.2 billion security budget for the G20, the Toronto Police Service erected 77 closed circuit security cameras in the so-called “security zone” as well as throughout downtown. The mainstream media reports that by the beginning of July, half of these had been taken down, with the other half slated to be […]

Notes from outside the fence: Police state, violence, aggression roundup

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Reports are coming in fast and furious to the Alternative Media Centre about house raids and pre-emptive arrests of key organizers in the G20 resistance. It appears as if the Integrated Security Unit is deploying a pre-planned sweep of known activists. Police visited two houses in Toronto’s westend early this morning. In one, a warrant […]

Notes from outside the fence: Challenging corporate media messaging

Friday, June 25th, 2010

If I can’t dance with crossdressing Harper I want no part of your revolution. If there’s one thing the corporate mainstream media love, it’s a good story. And by good story I mean sensational. And by sensational, I mean fear mongering. We have seen this as a baseline for the vast majority of mainstream reporting […]

Media making at the AMC

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Day 2 in the Alternative Media Centre saw more media making and collaborating activity, with AMCistas sharing tips, sources and story ideas, working out tech problems and forming affinity crews to cover events based on interest and need. There have been a number of activist arrests, including one beating and one raid… rest assured, AMCistas […]

g20AltMediaCentre is open!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I’ve been at the AMC all day – arriving just before the press conference at 10 this morning. You can read my story on the media scrum here. The mainstream media never cease to amaze me with their myopia and single-minded focus on sensationalism. Goddessforbid we talk about some issues. It really does get boring. Right […]