A rabbi on Twitter disagrees with my decision to use a video as part of my course curriculum. He writes a blog posts largely dismissing my pedagogy and course. It was published and tweeted several times. As such, I felt obligated to respond. So here’s my defense of the use of video in a media classroom.
My most recent article about how cell phone industries construct gender and social practices of surveillance is now available online in the Journal of Children & Media. Would love feedback and feel free to distribute widely. Available here. Abstract: Mobile service provider commercials afford insight into contemporary expectations and norms of cell phone use within the…
Creatively formatting your syllabus (inspiration from social media).
Formal classroom debates are a fun way to engage with topics beyond just reading, writing, and lecturing. As a result, I think the students are more equipped to critically think about digital media from various perspectives – as citizens, consumers, producers, & distributors – and to consider what’s at stake democratically, economically, and ideologically in our changing media environment.
As more and more private companies collect data about us (which is growing exponentially all the time), the potential for harm, misuse, and abuse is a real threat to the integrity and rights of citizens. Good research benefits society, but it should never be at the cost of people's rights to consent, privacy, and control.
Yet, here I am thinking I should have to cover up my body because it fails to meet ideal standards of acceptable femininity. My desire to cover up was not about me, but was driven by my perceptions of other people’s standards and expectations. In essence I was objectifying my own body! There was no need for anyone else to do so, the damage was already done – and that, ladies and gentlemen, is patriarchy at work.
Apple has created a closed off network and that is incompatible with other devices and networks. They are holding us captive and placing all responsibility and impetus on us to figure out a solution to a problem they created.