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 m-a.soucisse on April 2, 2014
The India-Pakistan relationship as resembled the one Québec and Canada is currently encountering.  Alot of people in Québec believe that Québec should be it's very own country.  This point is being defended strongly by Francoise David in the current 2014 Québec elections.  Even though being unlikely, if Québec Solidaire were to enter government as head of our province, David promises to recreate the Québec constitution and get on the matter of asking the population about our future and wether we want part in the Canadian federation or not.

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by Zoe.Papadatos on November 20, 2013
  Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are entities that have had their genetics modified to meet the specific, various needs of consumers or corporations. Just like everything else in this world, there are advantages and disadvantages to GMOs. However, in my humble opinion, the issues that GMOs present outweigh the benefits that they offer. 

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by Dare_Dev on November 20, 2013
Cellphones, why block them from our classes when we can use them at an educational level.

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by BrandonGingras320 on November 20, 2013
I believe that the consequences for those who seriously injure other players should be quite severe for the fact that these injuries can carry harsh effects. With more and more kids getting hurt playing sports this issue is getting more severe.

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by andree-anne talbot on November 20, 2013
    SPORTS AND STEREOTYPES   Box, hockey, karate, rugby, football… These are quite violent sports and at the same time they are boys sports and gymnastic, artistic skating and synchronized swimming are girls sports. But these are just stereotypes and it can lead to several problems for athletes of both genders.  What about bullying, discrimination and broken dreams?   Bullying:  

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by christiano_s17 on November 20, 2013
  Comparing the two leading phones on the market, which one comes out with victory? Whether its purchases, application, sufficient and simply better. In this essay I will write about the phones and the value and function of the phone. Why people want the phone and why they are in demand compared to other phones. It will include who as the population has these phones and why. In the end I will introduce the key question again and answer with the following facts that I can provide with the information that I have found.

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by andree-anne talbot on November 20, 2013
    SPORTS AND STEREOTYPES   Box, hockey, karate, rugby, football… These are quite violent sports and at the same time they are boys sports and gymnastic, artistic skating and synchronized swimming are girls sports. But these are just stereotypes and it can lead to several problems for athletes of both genders.  What about bullying, discrimination and broken dreams?   Bullying:  

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by andree-anne talbot on November 20, 2013
    SPORTS AND STEREOTYPES   Box, hockey, karate, rugby, football… These are quite violent sports and at the same time they are boys sports and gymnastic, artistic skating and synchronized swimming are girls sports. But these are just stereotypes and it can lead to several problems for athletes of both genders.  What about bullying, discrimination and broken dreams?   Bullying:  

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by filip_bec on November 20, 2013
Nuclear energy is a very delicate topic in our society because of its controversial aspect. For every pro you can find, there will always be a con. Personally, I find that positive aspects of nuclear power outweigh the negative aspects. I will prove my thesis by treating the environmental, economic and health issues surrounding the nuclear energy.

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by alexandragagne2 on November 20, 2013
With the advancement of technology and the use made of it, more precisely social network, chip and security camera, there is a lack and loss of human privacy. It is important to have concern about this issue because privacy is basically what we need to protect our financial, social and intellectual lives.

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by Meli.caron007 on November 20, 2013
 In the next 5o years, there will be no more fuel in the world if we continue consuming energy like we do presently. One effect of this over consummation is global warming. Even though citizens and governments are aware of these issues, we do not see how critical the situation is and how fossil fuel devastate the environment.              Fossil fuel damage the environment and the society.  :  Thousands of risks and spills  

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by Lidia Ibrahim on November 20, 2013
Topic: The importance of strengthens the brain.   Issue: The human brain is workable even during adulthood.   Thesis: Resting the brain, eating healthy food and exercising stimulate the brain.   Premise 1: Relaxing the brain   Sleeping actually restore the human brain. It strengthen remembering skills, learning performance and problem solving   Premise 2: Healthy eating

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by Maudeb on November 20, 2013
The issue I chose for my research paper is cyber bullying. This issue happen when a person is bullying another person by using the internet. We can see different type of bullying in our society like verbal bullying. But I choose the cyber bullying because this type has increase with the internet’s technology in recent years. It is a major problem that our society faces. With this new technology people can interact with each other on website. It has positive effects on social interaction but has also negative impacts. The issue of this is that some people do not use it adequately.

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by Matthew Pellicer on November 20, 2013
We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. We barely have time to contemplate a question that the answer is already on Google. In a world like we have, people want to know everything about everything. People want to be able to know everything the government is hiding from us and this is where, in 2006, Wikileaks took over. “Its releases include nearly 80,000 documents about the Afghan war, some 400,000 Iraq war documents, and diplomatic cables from 274 U.S. embassies around the

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by mike_parent on November 20, 2013
A lot of injuries happen in sports whether it is a contact sport or a non-contact sport. Head injuries especially, are the most common in sports. The problem is that people around sports do not take care of them properly. Concussion is an important injury that needs to be taking care of adequately and this issue needs a better approach for the majority of people.   Since that issue is everywhere in the sport, people should take care about those traumatism. Head injuries create damage to the brain and can cause deadly consequences if not healed properly.

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by m-a.soucisse on November 20, 2013
Being interested in politics, I decided to do my research paper about dictatorship.  Looking back in history, dictatorship as seen some terrible leaders.  There are alot of pros and cons to be taken in when looking back at dictatorship.  What I believe is that dicatorship is a system destined to failure, because it is centralized on the needs and beliefs of one individual.

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by fangjun9608 on November 20, 2013
Social Network should be forbidden because it invades our privacy and it has bad consequences on our daily lives.  

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by maxime.rousseau on November 20, 2013
The influence of corporations through different medium is bad for the society.   1.     Companies have bad effects on us monetarily ·      They try to make us buy their product and they make us think that we need their product. This has a negative impact because we spend our money unnecessarily. ·      They implant in us the idea that the profit is the priority in life; that we need to have a lot of money and products to be happy.   2.     Corporations have negative impact on a psychological way

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by gabizawa on November 20, 2013
The subject of my final research paper is the environment, more precisely the ocean’s pollution. I talked about what are the effects of these polluted oceans on animal, humans and climate change. As you can see in my research, firstly ocean’s pollution has huge effects on animals. There are many activities that we can do to protect our waters towards the animal’s preservation. If we killed their habitats, they won’t be able to be healthy because of the pollution that destructs where they live.

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by Laurence Morin-Emond on November 20, 2013
In that project, I choose to talk about the concussions in sports. In the last years, more and more professional sports are thinking about avoid the fights and the violence between the players. Clearly, they get diseases at long term because of that and we have to find solutions about that problem. As an athlete, it also scared me to be hurt and it’s not cool (for the player, the team, fans friend and family) to be stop by and injury like a concussion. That’s why I decided to make my Research Project on this subject.  

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6 years 1 month ago

To begin, I strongly agree with your article, which is why I would like to add my point of view on the topic! I believe the problem is mostly due to white privilege, which is when a population is advantaged because of their race and therefore believes that there is equality for all since they have never been a victim of discrimination nor inequality. Therefore that is why the sensitization of everyone is important. I believe that it would create an understanding of the problem to a wide range of people, especially those who have been benefitting from white privilege, which they have constantly been in denial of because of the lack of “proof”. However, I also believe that the education of our children about race is extremely important. Teaching children that the difference in race has no significant meaning will lead to a more open and less racist community. Obviously, there will still be people who have been brought up with the idea of racial hierarchy, however it is a great way to start. Racial discrimination was created in the past, we are now in the 21st century and therefore it is time to leave the past in the past and move into brighter things like equality. Regardless of the fact that the fight of equality has already begun, media coverage on events such as #pray4paris show that we still have a long way to go in order to achieve equality and that is why drastic change must start NOW. Hence, even though many people are well aware about the severe inequality in our world for many different minority groups, do you still believe that pure equality is achievable?

Nouvet, A. (Fall 2015). White_Privilege [Powerpoint]. Retrieved December 4, 2015 from Champlain College St-Lambert Lea website:

6 years 2 months ago

To begin, I completely agree with your argument that the media negatively present women. The media is obviously aware of all the repercussions there are when presenting an individual as an object and simply do this to gain the most viewers and make profit. However, it is also important to know that women are not the only targets used by the media. The media also target visible minorities of society with racist statements, which most people deny to accept the fact that it is racism. Just like the issue of sexism or presenting women as objects, racism is engraved in those who suffer from it and eventually begin to believe that they are the problem rather than society. In addition, whether or not most agree with this fact, racism is everywhere and is considered normal behaviour because it is not perceived as racism. For example, during the federal elections, many people and media stations spoke about wanting to go vote with their face masked to fight for the opinion, which was apparently not racist. However every argument made by these people clearly demonstrated discriminatory ideas such as “they must assimilate to us”, etc. Nonetheless, as explained in “Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominantly White City” by James Baker, many people are exposed to racism without understanding what racism is creating more consequences on the individual. Therefore, my biggest concern is that the solution is to create awareness, but that society may never accept to understand and change.
Baker, J. (2015, Fall). Just kids? Peer racism in a predominantly white city. In A. Nouvet, (Ed.), Anthropology 381-204-LA: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism (pp.49-61). St-Lambert, Qc: Champlain College Bookstore.

6 years 2 months ago

To begin, I believe this article addresses an important issue, and I agree with the message. Based on the summary of “ I have the Big Job of Teaching My Black Children About Police” by Rachel Garlinghouse, discrimination occurs within society’s departments, such as for example, the police force. It has been observed that people with dark-skin suffer from social profiling and thus, are victims of unfairness and a kind of inequality due to stereotypes and racism which make them “criminals”. Although, this article also discusses the fact that parents of dark-skinned children must explain to their kids that they are subjects of this discrimination and that since birth, they have already been classified as “dangerous”, “criminal”, “inferior” and so on. The article makes it clear that it is extremely important to speak rationally to children in order to educate them about the issue, and this is what I agree with. I believe that what goes on in society is incomprehensible and that these children should understand what they must face beforehand because this is probably what is best for them. It is much better to understand and be ready for something to happen than to be completely surprised and thus upset for the lack of understanding of what may be the reason why this is happening. As stated in “Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominantly White City” by James Baker, children who do not understand the concept of racism have trouble understanding why these situations occur. While some are depressed about them, others blame themselves for bringing this upon them. Hence, in order to diminish these consequences, it is important to discuss racism with children. Although in the long term, discussions will no longer be sufficient, what will be needed is a change.


Baker, J. (2015, Fall). Just kids? Peer racism in a predominantly white city. In A. Nouvet,
(Ed.), Anthropology 381-204-LA: The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism
(pp.48-58). St-Lambert, Qc: Champlain College Bookstore.

6 years 4 months ago

To begin, the reason why I’m commenting on your post is because I am interested in understanding the reasons why these cruel acts happen and why they are essentially considered racist or discriminatory. I agree that there is a huge issue in our world today about racism and discrimination towards different racial groups, which are by some or were by others, perceived as an inferior “race”. However I cannot help but become confused about these definitions and how they are used in real life situations that happen everyday. For example, many will argue that racism is much more present towards the black community in the justice system than towards any other “race”. Although, what we tend to forget is that the media deliberately chooses their article topics in order to lure their audience in reading their article, making the situation look worse than it actually is. Also, many people define discrimination/racism as treating “races” differently than others, especially to their disadvantage. However, despite this definition, a lot of people throw these words around without actually thinking about if it actually is racist and what actually is racist. Don’t get me wrong, many of these events are obviously racist, but in this event in particular, what is it? Is it considered more racist for the police to treat them differently (which is what most people call discriminatory), which would be to let them get away from a robbery scene and maybe even attack him violently, or by treating them like everyone else and track them down to then be called racist for going after people of coloured skin? Is it for opening fire on them for self-defence? Why is it considered racist if it is a human reflex to protect one’s life? I understand that it is hard to determine if the events unrolled this way because of the witnesses, however these are important points to keep in mind to avoid throwing accusations around without clear evidence after investigation is classified.

7 years 9 months ago

I agree with you that India/Pakistan share similarities with Quebec/Canada when we talk about a separation between two countries because these two countries have the same path. Additionally I think, like you, that we do not need to be separated to work better as a country, we have to find a way to live well with different people regardless of their religion, ethnicity etc.

7 years 11 months ago

I think that it is not because we do not exactly know where the information that we have about any religion comes from that we should not believe in one. If a believer has faith about his religion, it is his choice and we cannot change that. I totally agree with you.

Reply to: religious beliefs
7 years 11 months ago

I totally agree with you. Religion helps so many people in life with any kind of issues, believers trust their own religion and as you said it is an advantage to have diversity. This enables us to learn more about different worldviews and cultures.

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8 years 1 month ago

In this article, we can clearly see the thesis what you stated. The thing is, usually if you want people to believe and be convinced by what you wrote you need to support your thesis by premises. Yes, cyber bullying touches everyone but can you give examples or statistics to prove your point. Your writing style is good and conveys maybe a small group of people, but again, for people to believe even more in what you are trying to defend, you need to express with more passion. If you can prove what you are saying then you already get a lot more attention from your readers. Maybe, also, watch your syntax and spelling mistakes it decreases your article’s and your credibility. However, I extremely agree with your article and thesis, we, as a society, should do a lot more because we’re not doing enough that is for sure. This subject touches me a lot because, when I was a kid, I used to bully someone smaller and more fragile than me. When I recall this part of my life, I feel disgusted by myself. What rights did I have to permit myself in to doing such things? Now that I rethink of all the possibilities of why I made this little boy endure such things (without entering in any details), I think it is because he was smarter, he was thinner (I was kind of chubby at the time...) and he had all I’ve ever wanted when I was a kid. Jealousy made of me a terrible monster. I think that jealousy is the most important cause of bullying or cyber bullying at a young age. I may be unconscious because you are still young, but it happens in every province, in every school and maybe in every class. This is why it really touches me a lot; it was a part of my life before and although I would rather forget about it all. However, it is easier for me to try to find solutions to stop cyber bullying or just bullying. One of the solutions may be to tell a trusted adult, you know the only teacher or adult in the school or workplace that you consider more of a friend than anything else. (S)He may be able to help you. Another one that once was executed on my as an ``ex`` bullyier would be to say: `` What you’re doing isn’t funny or entertaining at all, everyone around you are laughing because they are scared of you not because they like you or find you funny.``
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8 years 1 month ago

Your topic is interesting. I love how you view water as the base of the universe. Your depiction is significant. I think that we should preserve as much water as we can for the generations to come. We have approximately 2% to 5% of fresh water on the planet Worse still, we have to share this tiny portion with other animals. Important as the matter is, expert help is needed to help rationalize water usage.
On another note, it is not a good idea to start a sentence with” because” if you do not mention a reason. If I were you, I would have elaborated more on the subject matter. You should have covered the subject in more depth.
This subject is near to my heart as I once did a project about it. That said, I have a background in the subject. Apart from seas and oceans, the human body contains up to 60% of water. We are extremely in need of each drop we waste. We are fortunate enough to live on earth. This is the only planet that has this precious resource. Sad enough, we destroy our own wealth by polluting and wasting water. There are threatening repercussions to our actions. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of this issue. For instance, last summer, a train derailed and crashed into a lake in Quebec. Can you imagine the consequences of an incident like this? Of course, the lake was polluted. The dangerous carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were present in the water. Please follow the link below for more details. The website gives us live examples of how our unconscious acts when combined can harm humanity .

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