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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Do you ever suffer from Twitter regret?

Foolish human! You can’t, as the appropriately ordered phrase has it, have your cake and eat it too. (Most of you lower primates get that backwards.) If you are going to be a shameless performer on Twitter, then you don’t … Continue reading →

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sinister Plan to Monitor Social Media

He invited world leaders to his G20 summit, and then allowed the Americans to spy on them. He had his CSEC agents spy on the Brazilians. He has just unveiled a Trojan horse cyber-bullying bill that would allow police easy access to our so-called metadata, the records that internet service providers and phone companies keep on our every call and email.And now I see Stephen Harper is taking his Big Brother tendencies to a whole new level, with a plan to monitor our social media. Read more »

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Six Rules for Politicians Using Social Media

This is an updated version of the talk I presented at the the eighth annual Municipal Communication Conference in Toronto, November 2013.   I use social media regularly and frequently. As a politician, that makes me either very brave or very stupid. But I’ve been doing this for the last 30 years, long before I […]

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. […]

Susan on the Soapbox: Capturing the Youth Vote: Got (Black) Milk?

Politicians have been fussing about the youth vote for decades, primarily because it’s virtually nonexistent. But if they could replicate Black Milk’s social media strategy they’d deliver the youth vote all wrapped up in a pair of Galaxy tights (and Question Period would get a whole lot more entertaining as well).

Okay, a little background. Black Milk is a small clothing manufacturer based in Brisbane Australia. It was started when James Lillis pawned his CD player to buy a sewing machine (??) and taught himself to sew leggings (men: think super tight brightly coloured stretchy pants).

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RedBedHead: Blogging, Democracy and Revolution

I came across this well-written piece on the role of social media in social change, written by Jesse McLaren. I’ve often thought that the role of new media, social media etc etc has been under-theorized by Marxists. You tend to see stuff that goes in one of two directions: either an uncritical boosterism about social media as the motor of revolutions or completely dismissive and contemptuous.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How social media has changed the news conference

This moment of snark brought to you by the incomprable XKCD. Alltop wonders if Google+ has a role to play.

The Canadian Progressive: #MacheteSomethingYEG: Edmonton’s twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages strike back

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Earlier this week, National Post opinion writer Chris Selley said that if the southern Alberta floods had touched Edmonton, that city would become “a smoking hole in the ground at this point, infested with twitchy-eyed, machete-wielding savages“.

A gigantic sarcasm fail that turned out to be.

Edmontons took to Twitter and, using the hash tag #MacheteSomethingYEG, showed how proud they are of the Alberta capital. Even Mayor Stephen Mandel joined in on the fun.

Mister. AOC (@MisterAOC) updated his status with: Let’s enjoy these machetes while we can. Before the High River RCMP gets (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: Goodbye Google Reader: Survival Tips for July 1 and Beyond

Today at SlawTips, I look at the world after Google Reader, which is to be closed down on July 1st, and offer a few promising alternatives for legal power-users who just can’t do without their daily RSS reader fixes:

So where shall we go on July 1 to find our vital law blog updates, breaking legal news, Law Society dispatches, musings in the legal press and NHL off-season developments? 

Worry not, good citizens.  SlawTips to the rescue!

See the entire post:  Survival Tips for Google Reader’s July 1 Demise.

– Garry J. Wise, Toronto Visit (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: Goodbye Google Reader: Survival Tips for July 1 and Beyond

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More And Indigenous Uprisings Guarantee A Sustainable Future

by: Kristin Moe | Article originally published by Yes! Magazine:

Idle No More protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Dec 2012 (Photo: Obert Madondo)

There’s a remote part of northern Alberta where the Lubicon Cree have lived, it is said, since time immemorial. The Cree called the vast, pine-covered region niyanan askiy, “our land.”

When white settlers first carved up this country, they made treaties with most of its original inhabitants—but for reasons unclear, the Lubicon Cree were left out. Two hundred years later, the Lubicon’s right to their traditional territory is still unrecognized. In the last four decades, industry (Read more…)

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Not All Words Are Equal, or Used Equally

There’s an economic principle known as the rule of fungibility that states a commodity is equivalent to other units of the same commodity. For example, a litre of gasoline is the same commodity regardless of the brand or source. A … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Multi-Racial Cheerios Commercial Provokes Barrage of Racist Comments

This multi-racial Cheerios commercial has provoked a barrage of racist comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other social media. Some of the bigots said the commercial was so “disgusting” it made them “want to vomit”, made “references to Nazis, ‘troglodytes’ and ‘racial genocide’.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Sen. Mike Duffy’s Scandal Torpedoes Nigel Wright: Canadians React

PM Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright resigned early Sunday following last week’s revelation that he cut a $90,000 personal cheque to cover Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent Senate expense claims. The announcement has set the Twitterverse on fire. “Mr Wright’s resignation doesn’t end the matter – how and why was this deal done,” tweeted former Liberal leader [...]

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How much time should I be spending on Social Media every day?

None. Next question. No, seriously, what is the right amount? It depends. Do you have other things to do? Like, I don’t know, a job? Let’s assume yes, and let’s assume it’s about eight hours a day. Okay, so that … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canadians have strongly rejected react to Don Cherry’s suggestion that women aren’t equal with men and that female reporters should be barred from male dressing rooms. The…

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Trashy's World: Credit where due…

I’m becoming increasingly impressed with the degree to which some public and private organisations are using social media to improve customer service. Case in point: the hydro pole in my elderly neighbour’s back yard had begun to tilt dramatically over the past year or so. So much so that my cable and phone lines were [...]

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Rappin’ with Atwood and Moore

My Twitter feed has been fun the last few days, including an exchange with one of my favorite authors, and a literary legend. I was also surprised to discover that Margaret Atwood hasn’t seen the movie 300: And Christopher Moore … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Two U.S. Senators Announce Support For Gay Marriage Via Facebook & Tumblr

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) announced her support through her Tumbr site and called the question of marriage quality “a great American debate” By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The fight for marriage equality in the U.S. and the world got a huge boost today when Democrat senators Claire McCaskill and Mark Warner [...]

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Geoff Campbell: Hire Me (Higher Ed Social Media Manager)


I’m Geoff Campbell and want to be your school’s next social media manager starting as early as June 3rd.

Here’s a bit about my experience.

I have hands-on experience managing institutional social media accounts, writing a comprehensive social media policy and drafting/implementing social media strategy.

In the last seven months, I’ve written in-depth (Case Study: Broadcast AND Engagement Triumph in Social Media) and on-topic (Want a Job Using Social Media? Work on Your Klout) web posts. I’ve learned graphic design using Adobe CS6 (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). In addition, I’ve improved my photography skills and will (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Lisa Lampanelli Goes “My Nigga” and “Beyotch” About Lena Dunham

This is how Lisa Lampanelli, the self-anointed Queen of Mean, described the following photo of herself with Lena Dunham, the creator of GIRLS: “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Your take? Racist? Sexist? The Canadian Progressive recommends: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim This Global Violence Against Women READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Forward On Climate Rally, Washington D.C., Feb 17: Twitter Stream

Forward on Climate Rally, Washington D.C., Feb 17: Twitter Stream Tweets by @ClimateForward The Canadian Progressive recommends: HISTORY: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17 Canada’s tar sands are the fifth largest climate threat in the world Grammy-award winning rapper Eve to perform at Forward On Climate rally

The Canadian Progressive: VICTORY: Canadians Killed Harper’s Internet Surveillance Bill C-30

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 12, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: City of Vaughan Twitter update calls residents “f–knuts”

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 8, 2013: Would a 2 feet snowstorm, the worst seen in your town cause you to Twitter-curse fellow townsfolk for not putting their cars in the garage? If you’re one of two corporate communications managing persons responsible for the official Twitter account of the City of Vaughan, Ontario. Or you’re the hacker READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: What Paulo Coelho and other global leaders tweeted about at World Economic Forum in Davos

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan. 31, 2013: Let’s agree in one point: we can have anything, but we CAN’T have everything #wef — Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) January 25, 2013 The tweet by Paulo Coelho, the world-renowned Brazilian author of The Alchemist, was one of the most popular of world leaders’ reflections during last week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, READ MORE