Knowledge & Media

About this class

All of us engage with the media in one way or another. Whether we spend several hours a day on-line, watch movies or television shows, or even limit ourselves to the occasional read of a newspaper or magazine, we easily get overloaded with messages telling us how to look, act, think and feel.

 

Knowing how to deal with this pervasive information is essential for sane navigation of the media dominated world. So how can we use media so that it makes us empowered and engaged participants rather than complacent and passive receivers? How can we use it to improve rather erode our individual and cultural capacities? To begin answering these questions, we will reflect upon the concept of “knowledge” and explore the ways in which the media affects our ability to “know” our selves, the world, and the relationship between the two. Through lectures, videos, readings, investigations, discussions, networking and blogging, we will learn how to use the media intelligently and mindfully. And, in doing so, we will hopefully contribute to the evolution and enrichment of our personal and collective knowledge.

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by cynthiachu on November 19, 2013
Today, many searches have done studies concerning alcohol and claimed that alcohol has a negative impact on someone’s life at long term. In the research paper of this topic, three major aspects affected negatively by alcohol are being discussed. The first one concerns the social comportment of the drinkers. In fact, with time, alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol dependency and occur many social problems. Also, alcohol can become a social crutch for the drinkers because, at long term, they tend to mostly base their confidence and their social life on alcohol.

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by camille.hebert on November 19, 2013
Nutrition has an influence on mental health. It can affect your mood balance and your intellectual capacities. Consumption of fruits, vegetables and fresh foods is good for the prevention of mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Processed foods lead to depression which then leads to an increased consumption of processed foods. A small consumption of alcohol can help you feel happier, but at the inverse, an excessive consumption of alcohol can make you feel depressed in the long run. Omega-3 fatty acids, contained in fishes make us feel happier.

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by fleming.Shamuel on November 19, 2013
Being homosexual did not appear from a virus, it is more like a mutation in our own DNA. Same principle than the colour of our eyes. The body genetic system (known has DNA) is a bunch of instruction that tells every cells what to do. That is why few babies are born with anomalies; DNA is not always perfect. Animals, are very own ancestors happens also to have those DNA mutations, some good of course and some bad.

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by ariane.r on November 19, 2013
My research paper is about skin aging. I want to show why it is important to protect your skin from premature aging. I will explain the effects that you may have with a aged skin like wrinkles, brown spots. Also, I will include mental effects, like how it is painful to have a dry and premature aged skin, which will include cancer and all that stuff. Furthermore, I will tell you another reason why ladies particularly want to have a beautiful lift and bright skin, which is because it is considered more beautiful.

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by PedgeRuest on November 19, 2013
To begin, the topic of this article is to give before hand information about the research essay that I am presently writing and learning about for a couple of weeks now. This research paper as many may predict, surrounds the idea of the negligence and careless acts of a mother during pregnancy that will have long-term effects on the fetus and throughout the child’s entire life.  

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by Matthew Pellicer on November 19, 2013
The main issue explored is transparency in the Canadian government. More specifically, exploring the idea that transparency in the government isn’t always the best and that some things such as the predicted interest rates should not be released to the public. This essay is about how transparency might seem very appealing but can also lead to bad things. It explores various negative causes of transparency and brings up examples in which this occurred in other countries. Government transparency isn’t always good.

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by amelie_durocher on November 19, 2013
Our society is constantly dealing with advertising and the perfect body image. This idealistic figure is inaccessible and for some people it can lead to mental diseases as anxiety, depression and dysthymia. It exist different levels in mental illness: the low-grade, the middle-grade and the high grade which is also called the major depression. Depending on the level, mental diseases are not treated the same way. Mental illness can be treated by a physical therapy, a psychological therapy and a chemical therapy.

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by filip_bec on November 14, 2013
In our everyday life, almost everything can be seen as an attack to our privacy, such as Facebook and cellphones. On top of that, we will also need to worry what’s above us. Brace yourselves; unmanned spying drones are coming in Canada.

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by andree-anne talbot on November 14, 2013
There was a time when the equality between men and Women was just not existing. Everybody knows that! but today… Even if there is just a really thin line between boys any girls, it is still there. It may not be bad at some points, but at some other it can lead to some specific issues. For example if a girl wants to play football and there are no girl team, she may not be allowed to play in the boys team…    

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by cynthiachu on November 13, 2013
Being a parent comes with great responsibilities. For the parents, their first worries usually concern their child. In fact, today, alcohol has taken a lot of place in our society and, yet, it is difficult for parents to prevent their children from trying drugs. However, nowadays, there are some resources for parents that can help them spot evidences indicating that their children might be using drugs.

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by fangjun9608 on November 13, 2013
A new generation Ever since the invention of many technological devices (TV, Computer, Cellphone), our society has completely changed compared to the generation of our grandparents. People who are born between 1982 and 2001 are called the Millennial Generation. This generation was born with technology. The little kids knows exactly how to use phones, computer and play video games without teaching them.    

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by nathalie.coronado on November 13, 2013
Ready, Set, Eat!   http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.champlaincollege.qc.ca/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=fb9fe8b3-d25d-4968-9875-a55fdac9d597%40sessionmgr11&vid=5&hid=125  

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by Laurence Morin-Emond on November 13, 2013
Concussion in sports touches more and more athletes in sports; from young to old athletes. Concussion is dangerous; it can start from a little headache to a sever disease. But this issue comes from the bottom, where the bodychecks are not necessarily well educated by the Minor hockey coaches and especially misused.  

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by maxime.rousseau on November 13, 2013
  Many North Americans think they are the center of the world and that everybody wants to be like them. They think that their lifestyle is the best due to the high quality of life; but is it true? Is people in poorer country really wants this? I will discuss about it through 2 articles I found.  

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by gabizawa on November 13, 2013
    The environmental crisis is affecting the four fields of the planet. We are talking here about the atmosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere and the biosphere. They are closely related to one another and have huge effects on human beings. Hydrosphere is a field, which is really disturbing actually and this disturbance will keep growing if we do nothing.  

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by gabizawa on November 13, 2013
    Oceans are constantly more and more polluted since the past centuries. There are huge impacts related to the pollution of our oceans. We can notice these effects on humans, animals and climate change. The climate change is really disturbing for all human beings and that is why I found important to write about it.  

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by ariane.r on November 13, 2013
Skincare are now a broad domain. If you’ll ever want a skin anti-aging cream, you’ll see that you have a tone of choices! But what if scientists have found what can be another type of anti-aging miracle creams?

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by alexandragagne2 on November 13, 2013
Computers may be one of the greatest technologies invented lastly, but they have many negative effects. Yes it is useful to provide good information, stay in contact with our friends etc, but it can affect more person than we think. Many teenagers are being touched by this new invention. Computers, especially social network sites, affect many aspects of their life: school, social life, time management and way more. These two articles demonstrate consequences due to the use of computer especially with Facebook.

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Reply to: Cyber bullying
6 years 11 months ago

I think cyber bullying is a really good issue to talk about. I feel like everything about this topic is new because it is closely related to the technology. And this is going so fast that we don’t get to see a problem could occur, that it is already done. However, one thing is sure about cyber bullying: it is wrong and we have to stop that (just as normal bullying has to be stopped). So that is why I feel like your topic is really interesting but at the same time, really complex. What I like from your abstract is that you didn’t make it everything black or everything white; you explored different points of view in a general way. You talked about victims, you said the new technology wasn’t that bad or that good neither, you talked about emotions and you well-explained your topic. The only thing is that there are no concrete examples of the arguments you gave, so it could have been a little bit more elaborated.
I noticed you didn’t talk about the bullies and I know they seem to be the bad guys in all of that but I know some people who are really nice in general but they were accused of cyber bullying, and in my opinion they just didn’t know what they were doing. Not because they are complete ignorant, but just because like I said, technology is new and not clear enough to everybody yet. So here’s what happened to some friends of my family. They were talking about the mayor (in a bad way!) on the small town’s blog and other people from that place decided to argument on that and at the end, it seemed like nobody liked the mayor! Then, the mayor went on the blog and read everything and felt like she had been attacked. So at the tribunal, the mayor was saying she had been victim of bullying and all the other people were saying they were allowed to say whatever they wanted to say and to give their opinion. The thing is, at the beginning of the conversation they were just saying they didn’t like the way she was leading the city, but it came to point when they were just making insults.
So, basically, what I was trying to show is that the limit of what you can say and what you can’t is extremely small, but the consequences of exceeding this limit can be really huge. And also, don’t forget that cyber bullying can happen to everybody younger people and older people either. For example, in this story they were all adults.
Here is a link that explains the situation I just mentioned and it is written by someone who was involved in the conflict so it quite interesting.
http://rawdon-forum.blogspot.ca/2012/03/cyber-whatever-rawdon-muni-scand...

Also, I have another link related to your topic. There is a video and a lot of information: http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/

6 years 11 months ago

This is a very interesting topic as I have never heard the critical period hypothesis. You use short sentences and generalized words of your topic and this make your abstract easy to follow. You should write you research paper in this way. Your structure is good, but your arguments should be a little easier to see. I reread your second paragraph a couple of times too clearly understand your arguments you will be explaining. However, I agree that a lack of language can affect ones entire life. When I read you abstract, I remembered that a human learns faster and easier when they are young. In our text, you seem to only treat the critical period hypothesis through feral children, but it would be interesting to prove how normal children have the ability to learn faster. From my personal experience, I came in Canada when I was five years old, and learning the French language was somehow easy. For my parents who were older, they also learned it, but they still make grammar and sentence structure mistakes. This is what I noticed from my perspective, but here is an article treating why children are more faster learner than adults. Again, seeing the critical period hypothesis from the feral children perspective is interesting, but comparing it to normal children would give to your research paper the two side of the topic.
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/11/17/children-learning-languag...

6 years 11 months ago

I am commenting on this post because the subject it is very interesting and it concerns me. I play a lot of basketball which is a contact sport with risk of injuries. I think that you needed more information to clarify your point on the hidden injuries. I think you should have given some example of players that were not treated of concussion and has serious injuries afterwards like the link I put on below.

I agree with your perspective since there was a lot of injuries in all kinds of sports especially football. These two are high contact sports which can cause serious injuries at the brain as you mentioned. I think you should have talked a little bit more about the symptoms of a concussion to explain to people who doesn’t know what it is. Also, I think you should of included examples of athletes that was not treated of their concussion. It makes your arguments stronger and more con vincible to the people who reads your paper. Furthermore, I think the part where you explained head traumatize and why some players does not follow the treatment because of the ignorance of the issue it is really good since it tells us why they are not treating it seriously.

6 years 11 months ago

I'm quite interested in the issue at hand, not many people understand the link between a healthy mental state and a healthy diet. I found the writing good, simple and straight to the point. I found no difficulty understanding the issue and your stand behind it.

I completely agree with your stand on the issue. People need to be more aware of, not only how diet effects you physically, but how it effects your mental health as well. On a personal note, It's easy to tell the difference of how I feel when eating unhealthy and processed food and when I eat healthy, natural and unprocessed foods. Unhealthy food leaving me feeling mentally drained and irritable while eating healthier foods makes me feel more mentally aware and in a better mood. Lots of studies have been done that prove the benefits of eating healthy. This link shows just what different types of food/vitamins help you in different ways.
http://www.minddisorders.com/Kau-Nu/Nutrition-and-mental-health.html

Reply to: Being LGBT
6 years 11 months ago

One of the main reasons that made me comment this blog is that it discusses a topic that interests me: homophobia. In fact, I agree with the author saying that being homophobic is pointless. Hating the LGBT is like hating our own human race and supporting invalid arguments of the religion that are out-dated, which is why I consider a useless form of hatred.

However, the issue with this post might be the style of writing. As a matter of fact, it makes it difficult to understand the main arguments supporting this position. As a reader, I had the impression that the writer was jumping from one supporting argument to another instead of sticking with one subject and going in depth within a paragraph. Therefore, it made the abstract post not enough clear and convincing.

Nonetheless, as a Canadian, I was very pleased concerning this topic because the post went along my values. In fact, today, Canada is one of the most advanced countries in America in terms of the LGBT rights. Moreover, as a Quebecor specifically, I grew in a province, which has prohibited the discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1977 and thereafter became the first jurisdiction in the world (bigger than a city) to have prohibit that according to Canadian Heritage. Therefore, homophobia is not something that I would cheer for since the fact that I grew in an environment where same-gender relationship can be seen everywhere. However, I am not claiming that all people from this geographic location would agree with our position. In fact, even if the law has given rights to the LGBT people, not everyone have the same vision concerning homosexuality. Although, I find it very grateful that the values of the politicians in power have evolved in time and that there are today spokespeople for the minorities such as for the LGBT people.

http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1355925591901/1355925767915

6 years 11 months ago

I am commenting about this post because the situation of the environment and the global warming are important issues that our society faces. The risk of losing the oil in the ocean is interesting because it is an accident that have tragically impact on the environment. You could talk about the impact that it had when it arrived. Your global warming argument is pretty good and I think that your explanation about pipeline’s consequences is also very good. Finally, we can easily understand what you are saying. In other words, your writing is good.
I’m concerned by this subject because I love go at my parents’ cottage and spend time in the nature. I can stay 3 hours outside only looking at the beautiful view I have. So, the environment is something important for me. Before a devastation due to fuel fossil or other environmental issue, I hope that my children and grand-child can spend time as I am doing now. I support the fact that we should take care of our beautiful world instead of taking risk for our economy.
Here is a link that can help you with the impact of the Gulf of Mexico’s catastrophe. For example, there is a lot of animals and species that have been affected by this accident.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/energy/dirty_en...

6 years 11 months ago

I like that you included sociological and scientific examples to back up your thesis. The sociological example offers a more relatable, personal point of view/proof while the scientific example offers a professional point of view/proof. Obviously, there is so much that you can write about the advantages and disadvantages of alcohol. If you’re concentrating on the disadvantages of alcohol, then you could write something about how alcohol affects the development of a teenager’s brain. I’ve provided a link to this below if you’re interested in going into that. Like I said, there is so much you could write about alcohol but you’re only concentrating on the disadvantages. There is no way to disagree with scientific research. To make it more interesting, if you wanted to, you could weigh the advantages and disadvantages of alcohol and then make your thesis on whether alcohol has more advantages or disadvantages. For the advantages of alcohol, you could explore how a glass of wine per day is beneficial to one’s health. I’ve provided a second link to more advantages of alcohol. Since you have only stated the disadvantages of alcohol, it is hard for me to have an opinion on the matter and offer you a different perspective. If you don’t want to weigh the advantages versus the disadvantages, then you could concentrate more on the sociological examples to make your paper about behavioural disadvantages. You could still have scientific research, but it would be research on psychology. If you concentrated on behavioural sciences, then you could provide perspectives from former/non-former alcoholic or their families/friends or victims from tragedies (car accidents, abusive relationships, etc.) or anything else you can think of. Basically, I’m advising you to make your paper more interesting by weighing advantages and disadvantages or by basing the research on behavioural sciences. However, if you like your paper as it is, then I’m sure it’ll turn out great.
http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=8d5f368f-0b2e-410...

Reply to: Essay Abstract
6 years 11 months ago

Hi Alexandra, I decided to comment your post because the subject is very close to mine . My subject is about corporations and media is used by companies to influence us. Media is no longer safe and is now a spy tool. I share the same point of view as you and I think the technology is at a point where almost everything can be done with a single computer. It could be interesting if you talk about the good points of technology.

There is a part I practically appreciate in your text that I would like to talk about. It is when you talk about hackers. This is so easy to hack someone and just retrieve all his personal information. We no longer have privacy and everybody can know one’s life if they are good with a computer. Furthermore, people thrust these medium a lot. Information is given right away. Just by looking at someone’s page you can know where he lives, his email, his phone number etc… Last week, I received an email that a suspicious person changed my email and password of Facebook. It was someone from Africa. He could have check all my conversations and gather A LOT of data about me. Fortunately I retrieve my account after 5 min and he did nothing.

There is a link to a site that tells that social media is taking a huge part in our lives: https://www.priv.gc.ca/information/social/index_e.asp

Reply to: Essay Abstract
6 years 11 months ago

Hi Alexandra, I decided to comment your post because the subject is very close to mine . My subject is about corporations and media is used by companies to influence us. Media is no longer safe and is now a spy tool. I share the same point of view as you and I think the technology is at a point where almost everything can be done with a single computer. It could be interesting if you talk about the good points of technology.

There is a part I practically appreciate in your text that I would like to talk about. It is when you talk about hackers. This is so easy to hack someone and just retrieve all his personal information. We no longer have privacy and everybody can know one’s life if they are good with a computer. Furthermore, people thrust these medium a lot. Information is given right away. Just by looking at someone’s page you can know where he lives, his email, his phone number etc… Last week, I received an email that a suspicious person changed my email and password of Facebook. It was someone from Africa. He could have check all my conversations and gather A LOT of data about me. Fortunately I retrieve my account after 5 min and he did nothing.

There is a link to a site that tells that social media is taking a huge part in our lives: https://www.priv.gc.ca/information/social/index_e.asp

6 years 11 months ago

I agree with your post; you are right that social networks as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. can be dangerous for the human themselves. As you said, a lot of people under age breaks the websites rule illegally, and these websites but the government also should generate more laws and rules on the websites. Per example, the age for Facebook is suppose to be 13 years old, but everyone, even the administrators, know that there are users under 13 who created fakes profiles. Then, they will see contents which can traumatize them, injured them personally or psychologically, and justly, fall in depression and commit suicide like Amanda Todd. I do not think social networks should be avoid and destroyed; I just think that social networks have to be use as the good way. Social networks have been created to talk fastest with our friend, in a ‘funny’ environment. But some users abuse the ‘funny’ of the networks; by the bad way, they will insults come people ‘involuntarily’. I think social networks should be more supervise by the administrators of the web site and check all the posts, deleting which are not correct and include intimidation, insinuate or not.

Personally, I’m not on Facebook because of friend of mine have actually been intimidated on social networks, even if the person do not insinuate it. The worst is that the intimidator do not want to admit he or she commit intimidation because they are scared. But why do it? At the first time, the intimidator just want to have fun and be entertain by this; not necessarily hurt the person, but in final it does hurt the person and the intimidator will defend himself by saying it’s the victim who is not strong mentally and can’t accept jokes. That’s why I totally agree with you and social network should be less popular.

http://www.newstatesman.com/media/2013/01/misogyny-intimidation-silencin...

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