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 mathieubgervais on November 6, 2013
Athletes who test positive on drug test receive consequences from the league they play in. Players from the NFL (National Football League) the IOC (International Olympic Committee), UCI (Union cyclist International), NHL (National Hockey League), NCAA etc. get different consequences to their acts of consuming performance enhancing drugs. This is a problem that is debated amongst people because why should an athlete from one particular sport get a smaller consequence that an athlete from a different sport when using the same performance enhancement drug? 

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by PedgeRuest on November 6, 2013
  The topic of smoking during pregnancy may have been overly repeated, however many mothers still seem to not understand the severe consequences it may have on the future of their child. In addition, many statistics still prove that mothers who smoke during pregnancy don’t escape the consequences that they almost seem to be ignorant about.

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by Maudeb on November 6, 2013
Something is wrong on the internet I was attract to the article “Cyberbullying: the challenge to define”, because with all definition that we see on ordinary website I found it important to know the real definition of cyberbullying. I am posting about this second article because it is another definition of cyberbullying in another form.

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by Lidia Ibrahim on November 6, 2013
The brain is the most complex structure in the world. It is important to strengthen the brain, whether to treat illness or to ward off illness, on both ways you have in order to effectively use the brain. The brain is an organ of thought. To exercise its use, a person has to think and learn. Learning new things with methods that are unknown and new, it is the best way to add new pathways in the brain. Discover new interests, especially those that are difficult. If something is difficult to learn, it is a sure sign that in order to learn, the brain must work faseter.

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by alexandregarceau on November 6, 2013
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by mike_parent on November 6, 2013
Injuries happen in every sport, at every moment. It is nice to see big hits in contact sports but for the players the impact can damage their health. We often hear about torn ligaments in knees or concussion, a torn ligament speaks for itself we all know what it is but a concussion not really. Those two articles talk about those head injuries and define them to make it easy to understand what it really is.  

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by christiano_s17 on November 6, 2013
Who Can We Trust With Technology? Providers or .Consumer?                                                                               In this article I will be showing you 2 reviews, one from a peer-reviewed professional in the domain and one from a normal everyday article. And talk about who can be trusted and believed when it comes to technology!                                          "IPhone 5S Review." TechRadar. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.

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by amelie_durocher on November 6, 2013
The mental illness are diseases as cancer and pneumonia. Some of this diseases can be caused by biological, environmental or even psychological factors. The exact cause of mental illness is not known, but which is important for people who suffer of this type of disease is the help of our society. The attitude toward a person who suffer of a mental disease. Those two articles show how mental disease is understand by the society and the impact of accepting those diseases for the crook.

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by fleming.Shamuel on November 6, 2013
Homosexuality, about 10% of the total population is targeted by this “mutation” if we shall call it that way. Being gay or lesbian is basically is our genes, in our DNA. Homosexuality can then be seen as the evolution of our kind. Of course, the main purpose of living is to procreate babies and the babies, when its time, do the same. Unfortunately, with that difference came a emotion, a feeling called Homophobia. Based on hatred and negative attitudes towards homosexuals, this emotion is not very accepted in the LGBT community and for good reasons !

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by Zoe.Papadatos on November 6, 2013
Like everything else in this world, there are pros and cons of genetically modified food. In the pros, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can offer solutions to feeding our increasing population with food that is nutritious and economical. However, due to its sketchy history, consumers are worried about the safety of their food. Thus, labelling genetically modified food has become an important issue. Consumers argue that they have a right to know what they are putting in their mouths.

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by Matthew Pellicer on November 6, 2013
The first text, Future of Campaign Finance, discusses the various effects that financing in the political campaigns affects decisions that are later on taken once the person is elected. Depending on where and who is involved there are different outcomes. “American Crossroads, the super PAC backing the Republicans, only saw 1.29% of its spending result in the desired political outcome” (Fellay 45). This means that although they support the Republicans a lot through donations, they didn’t necessarily influence the government decisions. We can also evaluate at how enforced rules are.

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by andree-anne talbot on October 30, 2013
  It often happens that people are decreasing therapies not provided by experts such as psychologists and psychotherapists, but apparently “sport therapies” are working for some people. Billy Pagonis and Ed Kiwa-Quinlan can relate to this very well because they all have been through different kind of struggles and the Street Soccer Canada team helped them deal with it.

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by filip_bec on October 30, 2013
As humans, we are not used to unusual things. We like to have our perfect life, and everything that we don’t know is terrifying us. That’s how scientists feel right now about Great White Sharks. The only difference between us and them is that they will venture out and try to figure out the unusual.

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by m-a.soucisse on October 30, 2013
Stephen Harper is basically the "Jean Charest" of Canada.  The man stuck around for a while, did some good things, some more questionable, but now is the time for him to go.  This could happen sooner then expected, because of the Duffy scandal.

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by cynthiachu on October 30, 2013
  Giving birth is one of the most important aspects of the continuity of the human race. A few centuries ago, it was found common that mothers gave birth at an early age, such as 12 years old. However, today, the pregnancy’s tendency has changed and giving birth at an early age is found to be a disadvantage. I wanted to read about this article because it suggested that the rate of teen pregnancy was increasing in Canada, and it concerns me because of the outcomes it has on the teenagers of my generation.

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by cynthiachu on October 30, 2013
  Electronics have taken a lot of place into everyone’s life. Because of this trend, a lot of brands have released games that are mostly played online or on a video console. As a matter of fact, numerous video games of all types have been released on the children’s market in order to reach the largest number of customers. I wanted to read about this article because the title suggested that kids love video games and that this relationship resulted in positive outcomes on the child, against all odds.

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by filip_bec on October 30, 2013
NASA is the definition of innovation. They will always try to find a better way to do a job. Presently, they are working on a new way to send astronauts to the International Space Shuttle (ISS). Traditional space shuttles are getting older and older, but the Dream Chaser will come and take its place in the near future.

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by m-a.soucisse on October 30, 2013
In the municipal elections for Montral's new mayor, Denis Coderre has been well ahead in the poles for a while, but he might have Mélanie Joly right up in his rear mirror.

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by Lidia Ibrahim on October 30, 2013
The brain is the part of the body that commands all the other parts of our system. It receives shocks from the sensory organs and sends them to the muscles. That makes us move and react. If your reflexes are better than those of your friends, then it means that your sensory organs deflect through your brain and go to your muscles much faster than your friends.

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8 years 2 months ago

I think that you have a great subject. You have great sub-arguments that look well-structured but maybe that needs a little bit of research. Stereotypes might be hard to recognize because they are everywhere. Also, the post is well construct, easy to read. Your subject is interesting for me because I do love sports and I do stereotype athletes and sports in general, like everyone else I think.
Stereotypes are everywhere and people are tended to accept them as facts. I do stereotype, for instance, my brother played football with a girl couple of years ago, and I did not think she could make the team because she was a girl and she was small, and so on. Actually, she ended up making the team and being an amazing kicker. I did not believe in her chances of one day playing football because I do have a good background in terms of football, and I never seen a girl being part of a football team past the pee-wee level which is 12-13 years old. I was wrong, she made it to the higher level.
There is an article that I found about sports stereotypes or stereotypes in general:

8 years 2 months ago

I completely agree with this. The media is a lie, it’s a plan to try and control us over television. Another method they use it to show how our lives would be without it. Like the commercial with the 2 people using 2 different phones. One has service and the other doesn’t. The commercial keeps going and continues with near the end of the compilation the guy with the bad reception and bad service is a homeless person and sees the other guy with the phone with a bright future.
You have a great subject that can be worked on with a lot of details. An advice I can give you is that in commercials they use subliminal messages witch is things that our subconscious see but we don’t notice. Little things like small details and backgrounds used that we don’t acknowledge at first but then once realised is very obvious.
Another place where they like to get people are with theatres. On streets and newspapers. But most of the media is on TV and internet. What they don’t show are the things that are important around the world. They don’t show the little things that are happening that we would need to know and they hide it. It’s on the internet but not on TV. They hide a lot of information and the internet is the only way to see it. It’s not only commercials that are abused with commercials it’s the internet as well. An example would be YouTube. Before the video there are commercials.
Nowadays with women and how thin they have to be and what they have to eat is because of TV and internet. How to diet and look like a model that weight 87 pounds. TV and internet advertisements are bad for us. The market and big companies are just trying to sell their product that might not even change much in our lives but make it seem like it does.

8 years 2 months ago

It is totally true that the television and media became more important in children life. The problem is the content of the media, not the media itself. If television would have math, science and French shows, television would not be seen as a problem. It would be the dream of every parent. The reality is the content of TV nowadays promotes what children should not be exposed at their age. The violence and sexual content is getting more and more “normal “to be seen at TV. This is clearly not how a child is supposed to be raised. The parent can limit the child, but not enough. Media will always find a way to get to the most vulnerable part of the society, and start the brainwash process. Here is a link that shows all the negative effects of television of children.

8 years 2 months ago

I like your conclusion saying that if you don't like too much violence in hockey, just don't watch some or do some! Sure it can become really rough and as a girl I wouldn't like to be hit that way and getting myself hurt. But when I think about it, whatever the sport you play you can easily get hurt. For example football and soccer can be hard sometimes and even in local teams there are a lot of injuries. Sure there are less of them that occur from violence and hitting but it can happen. Honestly, I think saying no to hits in hockey would be the same as saying no to hits at box. Hitting is part of that game.

Reply to: Spanking?
8 years 2 months ago

Every culture and every era has its way to raise a child. Some parents use communication while others, unfortunately, use violence to get the message across or to reprimand their child. I wanted to read furthermore about this article because the author’s title makes the reader reflect whether spanking goes along with raising a child.

According to Child Care, spanking is not only defined as a child bending over the parents’ knees and whose butt is getting struck. In fact, spanking implies all sorts of intentional, brutal, and physical contact with a child as a purpose of a way of raising them. However, as claimed by the child psychologists of the site, the use of spanking can cause long-term emotional and even physical damages to the child. It can also influence the child into becoming violent adults (mostly because of the “brutal” behaviour the parents showed to their child as a model). In fact, according to a 2012 study of Dr. Laura Markham, children who were spanked were more likely to experience anxiety, depression, enhanced rates of aggression and mental and health problems, to try drugs and to exhibit aggression as they were growing up.

As a matter of fact, spanking can highly influence the child’s behaviour throughout time. In fact, spanking has an important connection with violent behaviour in the victim. For example, Tulane University’s major study suggests that the children are more likely to hit others (friends, siblings and spouse/husband) and to lose their temper easily and physically on others.

All in all, I think that spanking should not be a way of reasoning with children because of all its negative outcomes it has on children. In fact, raising a child should be reasoned with communication and firstly love, not with violence. As a citizen, it is our responsibility to assure the wellbeing of kids and therefore to reason and change the parents ‘mentality that involves physical punishment into their child’s education so that the children will not suffer of brutality.

Reply to: Apple Free
8 years 2 months ago

You are bringing out a very important subject, brands marketing strategies. They develop strategies to grow in the market. Indeed, whether in sales, marketing or human resources. It is extremely important and recommended for them to implement a marketing strategy for the long term, they want to keep their customers anyway. They are almost in a battle with the competitors companies. Apple strongly plays on their product price. First of all, they are surely going to keep their costumers for us as humans in the modern world are concerned by money, and saving it. They use propaganda also, as you just read, wrote an article about their lower prices and I as a reader, got the information of their 90$ difference from Microsoft. In some way, they are gaining more popularity than they already have. I think that is why you wrote that Apple is wining in front of Microsoft.
On the other hand, if we think about it, they reward the difference of 90$, later when they sell 1,100$ laptops, in comparison with 700 to 800$ Microsoft laptop.

8 years 2 months ago

Personally, I am unsure. I don’t think that this study is the most reliable source to prove that social status affect your health. I do agree that it could have some impact but I would really like to read more deeply this article that you have read. On the other hand, I found that the World Health Organization has a tool to measure the different effects on a population or a person’s health. It is called the Health Impact Assessment and it takes in consideration that a lot of external factors might influence our health. I believe that too much stress due to your social position, for example doctors, has huge effects on our brain, heart and even feelings. But I think there’s way more things that can do this too. For example, the HIA is based on four essential values: democracy, equity, sustainable development, ethical use of evidence. All this four elements can affect one’s life. The democracy, for example, offered people the chance to “participate in the development and implantation of policies or projects” in a certain way that may have some impact on their life. To conclude, this is just few examples of many elements that can affect our health situation. I think that health is kind of a mystery because we can make assumptions but it will always be abstract to people who study biology or anything like that.

Reply to: Adobe got hacked
8 years 2 months ago

As you said one of the servers of Adobe has been hacked. They shared that hackers have access to the encrypted data of 2.9 customers. It means that a lot of people’s data are in hands of those bad persons. Adobe affirms that the hackers don’t want the credit or the card debit card numbers of people. How can they be sure of that? I think that is dangerous for people who shared their credit or debit card numbers. In the article,, the author says that the hackers have also access to at least three Adobe’s products (Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder). I think that Adobe should improve their security because of these issues. It is important that private information stay secret because if someone have those information they can do what they want with it.

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