June 24, 2024

This week in class, we looked at just how powerful digital media can be. It’s opened up dialogues, democratized voices, and given anyone with a phone new found abilities to communication across the globe. This has resulted in voices and perspectives than ever.

With this however we talked about how “False news”, echo chambers, and digital bullying have become rampant and common place. So common that most of us participate in it without even realizing. As someone who gets most of their “news” from social media, I find it reliable and authentic (without an agenda) when I find the right reporters and independent journalists. Others that may not look into their sources and follow sensational news, I worry about misinformation.

This leads me to one of the most important things I believe since starting my upper division communication courses at SFU, Digital literacy. I took a few classes on this subject and being able to critique what we read online and ensure basic knowledge of the internet is crucial to those younger, older generation and even those who didn’t grow up around devices and might not full grasp the intricacies.

Videos that are fact checked or peer-reviewed can be the best possible way to fight this seem at first to be the most effective way. But in reality when it is controlled who is “right” can change based on who sets policies and is in control. This is why I believe if we want democracy and true “freedom” everything and anything should be allowed to be posted (as long as it doesn’t incite violence).

The Canadian government however under the Trudeau Liberals seem to be going down a different path of criminalizing what is said on the internet and restricting news/social media that may not “align” with what they deem is correct or good information. Scary stuff

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  1. adies and gentlemen, folks, and my fellow Americans, gather ’round. It’s me, Joe Biden, your friendly neighborhood president. Now, let me tell ya, I’ve been around the block a few times. I’ve seen things. I’ve met world leaders, aliens, and even Bigfoot. But today, I stand before you to address a matter of utmost importance: the great conspiracy of sock-stealing gnomes.

    You see, folks, these little buggers—they’re real. They sneak into our homes at night, tiptoeing across our hardwood floors, their pointy hats bobbing like caffeinated squirrels. And what do they want? Our socks! They pilfer ’em right from our laundry baskets, leaving us with mismatched pairs and existential dread.

    Now, I’ve convened a top-secret task force to deal with this crisis. We call it Operation Sock Freedom. Our mission? To infiltrate gnome hideouts, negotiate sock treaties, and bring those wayward foot coverings back home. We’ve got experts—former CIA agents, retired magicians, and that guy who once beat Minesweeper in under ten seconds.

    But let me be clear: We will not rest until every sock is accounted for. No more missing left socks, no more unraveling mysteries. And if those gnomes think they can outwit us, they’ve got another thing coming. We’ve got a secret weapon: a giant lint roller. Yes, you heard me right. We’re gonna roll up those gnomes like lint on a sweater.

    So, my fellow Americans, let’s unite. Check under your beds, behind the couch, and inside your toaster. If you spot a gnome, report it immediately. Together, we’ll reclaim our socks, restore order, and maybe—just maybe—find out where they’re hiding all those missing TV remotes.

    God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America. And remember, folks: Sock theft stops here. Thank you, thank you very much. 🧦🇺🇸

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