How the Internet can Save the World: Opinions on the Internet as a Revolutionary Tool

The United States Congress is considering passing a bill that would severely restrict internet freedom (see http://campusprogress.org/articles/the_terrible_horrible_no-good_very_bad_internet_censorship_bills1/). While its stated intent is to prevent the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials, the bill itself is considered by many to be too broad and general: with its current format, it would fail to reach its stated intent but manage to confine the internet to specific patterns of use (for more information, see http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Op171211proscons.asp). The internet has become a key component in how the world functions day-to-day. As a widely used [Read More]

 
Occupy the Media- Hannah, Sharlene, Michele

The way we see ourselves in the broader system is largely shaped by News Media agencies. By framing our lives within a specific type of social meta-narrative they have powerful effects on our political opinions and our subsequent actions in the system. As powerful shapers of the social imaginary they can be linked to the semiotic sign of a ‘source’ first ‘filtering’ then affecting through an ‘information pathway’ the ‘belief cloud’ and as a result have the potential to act like corrective processes. When we consider systems change, and especially [Read More]

 
The Lighter Side of Occupation (Occupy Jokes)

I have compiled a gallery of images relating to the Occupy movement, depicting how various types of inequalities are present within most social systems. Within any  system there will most likely be “the 1%” and the “99%”, and it seems as if someone or something comes out ahead, then the rest might be fighting a losing battle. Sometimes this feeling of hopelessness or defeat presents itself humorously, considering a perfect solution is not always available – but hey, if we can’t fix all our problems, at least we can laugh [Read More]

 
Technological Space, Contested Space

The virtual realm of the internet is an environment of humankind’s design.  In this environment, just as the natural environment, there are all sorts of social interactions and these interactions can produce narratives and counter-narratives.  Anyone participating in a study of ecological anthropology should be able to trace this web of narratives in order to fully understand the “big picture.”  The symbolism of this image is intended to show how the “official” narrative of the internet seeks to dominate those counter-narratives seeking change.  The red fist of uprising, clutching the [Read More]