Copyright, patents, trademarks. These are all ways that corporations, or individuals protect their work or their intellectual property. And while this does encourage people to create new inventions or works so that they can then profit off of their work it also slows down the progress for humanity. Art and culture, science and technology, innovation … More Make it all Free
I was at Pride Toronto, July 2016 when the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter stopped the parade with a sit it. I was actually probably no more than a few minutes walking from the actual sit in, and the Black Lives Matter group had passed where I was watching the parade from maybe only … More Grassroots Activism and Social Media
When thinking about fan culture usually the first thing that comes to mind is that fans are hurting the producers of the show/movie/book/etc. that they are creating content of. The fans are stealing the original author’s ideas, characters, worlds, etc. and making their own material with it and this can sometimes result in lawsuits and … More Benefits of Fan Media
When it comes to citizen media and grassroots activism there it one practice that doesn’t need a large number of people actively participating to be effective but rather something as simple as a single person with a bucket of paint and a brush. I am of course referring to the art of culture jamming. This … More Culture Jamming – Where Art and Pranking Meets Activism. A Micro Essay
My GPS or phone can tell me to take a different route because my current path has heavy traffic… but only because I’m allowing my location and route to be shared and combined with other people’s to predict traffic. I can contact my friends at almost any time… as long as I’m ok with the … More Technology – Is it worth it?
To run a blog about citizen media, one must first consider what is citizen media. In many ways it is media produced by amateurs. Much of the time citizen media is not for profit, but if someone running a YouTube channel puts ads on their videos for profit does that disqualify them? Citizen media is … More Start at the Start
Welcome! This blog is going to be looking at topics concerning citizen media. With this blog I hope to start a conversation around the topics I post about, so feel free to comment on future posts!