Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Church of Facebook

by Jesse Rice
Social Networks now impacting religion? Yet another way in which the sacred and the profane are interacting.

Friday, 17 February 2012

20 Ways to Rationalize Your Pinterest Account

An interesting social commentary on the use of pinterest. Funny too because as mention in lecture, the majority of the website is very gendered to reflect female interests and past times.


1. Don’t worry. I’m sure no one else will have burlap table runners at their wedding.

2. Weight loss is 10 % working out and 90 % pinning new exercise circuits to try.

3. Look how great the house I don’t own is going to look after I’m done decorating it!

4. This photoshopped Maya Angelou quote is going to make me feel really good about myself one of these days.

5. This is an amazing recipe/idea/craft project. After I pin this, I’m never going to think about it again.

6. Who knew there were so many unorthodox ways to use a colander?

7. I don’t have a kid, but when I do, they’re going to have the prettiest nursery ever.

8. I wonder if people are jealous of how good my taste in vegan recipes is?

9. Look at this bag! Look at this bag! Can you tell that I want this bag? Someone buy me this bag!

10. That pile of crap could totally be a nightstand.

11. This is the hairstyle I will use for the wedding that I’m planning. No, I’m not engaged. Don’t worry about it.

12. Oh, so that’s how you fold a fitted sheet. This is actually useful information.

13. I wonder if mason jars are still hip? Yup. Yup, they totally are.

14. This is how much I like Audrey Hepburn. So much!

15. Animals wearing glasses. I’m so glad my friends have all validated me by repinning my pictures of animals wearing glasses.

16. This is a productive use of my time.

17. Finally. A convenient place to store all the time intensive recipes I will never try.

18. This vaguely romantic statement totally encapsulates the way I feel about my significant other.

19. Did you guys know that I care about fashion? Because I really care about fashion.
20. So you can really just spray paint anything, huh?

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Numa Numa

One of the first viral videos, crazy how this kind have sparked a generation of youtube pseudo-celebs

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

An interesting anthropological study of the evolution of youtube transforming our cultural practices and venerating what one can do with just a webcam

Are you going to Social Media Week?

Future Hipsters

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I wish I knew how to quit you facebook...

An article from my favourite blog, interesting restrospective look on how addicted and ingrained facebook has become in our lives making it almost impossible for us to ever leave it...
"Facebook allows us to approach and interact with each other on a pace that makes things easy–perhaps too easy. Perhaps the facility of communication tricks us into thinking that someone is still a real friend, just because they’re under that heading on our computer screens."

Social Media Yearbook

Monday, 6 February 2012

What If ... There Was No Facebook?

Presented by Hart House

Details: What if we could dream a new world? What if we had a place to meet share and provoke? What if we all joined the conversation?
“What if…” conversations about life, what makes us human, our values and our beliefs.
Each session includes the voices, opinions and lived experiences of students and special guests, recorded in front of a live studio audience, followed by a Q&A period and free pizza lunch.
All conversations are recorded live and rebroadcast on CIUT.
Look. Listen. Engage. The conversation starts with you. Participate online at www.whatifuoft.ca.
Where: Map Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Cost: Free
February 15, 2012 - 5:00-6:00 pm