Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hey TVRA 7710!

This is our blog spot.   Within the next two days I'll be posting some questions for you to respond to regarding the readings for next week.  I'll also be posting some requirements of your project proposals.

In the meantime, please use this blog for beginning the list of media activism that you become aware of.    I'll see what I can contribute to maybe start us off.

So, happy Thursday, and you'll hear from me again soon!



  1. One example of social media activism I encountered recently was #BellLetsTalk. This program, which ran out of Canada, aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and removing the stigma around them. If a individual, not necessarily in Canada, Tweeted a message, posted on Instagram, or posted on Facebook a message with the aforementioned hashtag, $0.05 was donated to mental health initiatives in Canada.

    This is something I am considering for my social media activism project, as I have not yet come across a similar initiative in the United States. If anyone knows of one, please let me know!

  2. A form of activism that I'd like to explore for my project would be coffee and the concept around "Fair Trade". Being a coffee lover, I noticed that at times I am unaware where my coffee comes from and that itself is a bit alarming. I know that many different countries around the world supply the U.S. with our high demand for coffee; however, I am oblivious when it comes to who and how it is grown but most importantly under what conditions.

    Essentially, I'll explore how coffee consumption is glorified among Americans (in ads, radio, television, etc.) while highlighting the conditions in which it is cultivated in hopes to bring awareness about "Fair Trade" activism.

    Happy Friday!!

    Alexandria :)

  3. One option I wanted to consider, was starting an "I will contribute" campaign. After the readings, I understand how less impactful social media activism can be compared to the focused and physical activism of the past. However, I think allowing individuals to pledge to their own initiatives and desires may hold them accountable to make change in any way they see fit. The focus is action. I think this could be impactful. By signing the campaign it may establish a sense of personal responsibility to do something for society or in their communities other than just share a social media post.

    Just something I thought about. I'm still thinking and need to do some research. Any suggestions are appreciated! Have a good evening all.

    Brittany Daniel

  4. I've become aware of social media / hashtag activism #NoDAPL that's against installing the Dekota Access Pipe Line. While I have t participated I. The spreading of the hashtag it does a good job at creating awareness in a digital age and the DAPL received minimal news coverage in comparison with my social media time line.

  5. I would like to share what is happening in Korea.

    Long story for short, the Korea president overused her political power for her individual benefits/purpose. Young media activists in Korea are making/reporting all her corruptions by researching on and offline news to impeach her.

    This is the most shame political scandal ever happened in Korea history. However, I see the hope that Korea can achieve a better democracy than now because of the movements from the young media activists online.
    Korea can be more and more advanced after this hardship if they never stop to participate political issues.

    This is what I recently think about the media activism.

    Hyunmin Kim

  6. As of now, what interests me the most in terms of media activism is the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    This was the first time Black Americans took agency of their portrayal on television and film and created images of Blackness they believed mainstream (and Black) audiences needed to see.

    Most importantly, it was a cultural revolution. Films like Wattstax, and shows like Soul!, Soul Train gave America its first glimpse into an authentic Black American experience that was not hinged on assimilating to white, middle-class standards of respectability, but was a reflection of real Black life and the issues affecting Black people.

    What I think interests me the most—in terms of a project—are the things we, as a people, missed from that era. As Black identity and pride therein are becoming en vogue again, as far as mainstream culture is concerned, what from the last era of Black pride are we missing in our contemporary movement? What we can we learn from? What have we forgotten? What have we lost to revisionist history? What can we incorporate in our art in this modern era?

  7. Falun Gong is a meditation system with three guiding moral principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Falun Gong has been persecuted in China by the Chinese communist regime headed by its former leader Jiang Zemin. During the persecution, a large number of Falun Gong practitioners’ organs were live harvested to supply China's organ transplant industry. These practitioners were thus murdered.

    What I want to work on for my social media activism project is about organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners and other political prisoners in China, including the atrocities of selling their bodes as shown in some Body Exhibits in New York city and other cities in the U.S.

    I am going to design a flyer or a poster. And I will go to places such as park, school and Time Square to hand out the information and ask for people's signatures against the brutal atrocities committed by the Chinese communist regime.

    I will record how many hours I have worked on collecting signatures. I want to see people's reactions. If possible, I will also film recording people's reaction.


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