- Olivia Messer of the Texas Observer has written a shocking expository piece on sexism in the Texas capitol building, including stories of male representatives watching porn on the House floor, and making cat noises while female representatives debate.
- The “10 feminists you should be following on twitter” list includes Jessica W. Luther (@scATX), a local activist here in Austin who was instrumental in the organization of the recent abortion bill protests.
- It’s really nice to be able to report a positive thing having to do with Texas. Thousands of rape kits will be tested now, due to an $11 million budget appropriation.
- Here is some really awesome and useful public speaking advice from Kathleen Hanna.
- The International Museum of Women has launched a new interactive online exhibition: Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices.
- A mix for badass ladies doing badass stuff with their badass friends.
Women have a long history of organizing to demand basic rights. These are just a few examples of their activism, current and past, around the world.
This summer, anti-abortion legislation was introduced in twenty-three states and enacted in nine. In every instance, the majority of citizens fought to tell their elected officials that these laws were unnecessary and unwanted.
This interactive graphic provides details of legislation in each state.
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For someone like me, a relative newcomer to the world of new media and technology, the answer to “What is your vision for the future of media?” can be a tough one to attempt. But that is the question I have been asked to write about as part of my digital media class, and so attempt it I shall.
Recently, our class assignments and discussions have centered around the topics of net neutrality and universal access. I tend to agree with a point of view presented in an article from Wired, which stated that the natural path of industrialization was, “Invention, propagation, adoption, and control.”
It’s not that I’m in favor of restricting access to the internet, but I do think open access is something that most of its users take for granted. My generation has grown up with this resource that, by and large, they accept as the status quo but do not understand. As other forms of media become less viable channels for corporations to profit from, they will turn their attention to regulating the internet in ways that benefit them.
I don’t believe, as Mark Suster predicts in this article, that the era of “The App Internet” will cycle from its current hyper-usage into obsoletion. The generation who is utilizing social media at such high levels that it eclipses other aspects of their lives isn’t going to suddenly peak in usage and then grow bored of it. For them, it is as real a component as any daily face-to-face activity, and a major tool in their careers as well as their personal lives.
In terms of regulation, however, the success or failure of restrictive laws depends very much on how they are presented, and at what intervals. There is already so much regulation in every other area of our lives, that, if introduced in seemingly reasonable increments, I can definitely see people rationalizing the passage of laws regulating the internet. Gradual change is rarely met with much resistance, except by those who are knowledgeable about what its implications really are. If, however, a blatant and obvious threat is detected, there will be backlash, as was the case with SOPA and PIPA.
I can’t say what the next wave of innovation to sweep the internet will be, but until some huge need presents itself to be filled, or a major threat prompts complacent people to act, I think federal regulation of the internet will prevail to some extent. The best way to combat this is to educate internet users about the technology they are using, and in doing so turn passive users into innovators and activists.
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As an assignment for Digital and Online Media, my class and I read several articles and watched a video on online business models and developing a personal brand. If there was a common theme between them, it was that your “brand” is of greater value than money, or perhaps even actual success. When done in a genuine way, your personal brand development becomes about your story, and people will connect to that more than your net worth or the facts listed on your resume.
I especially enjoyed seeing the example of Jonathan Valdez, the Texas State graduate who is a great real-life example of the principle of consistency explained in Gary Vaynerchuck’s video. Every little thing Jonathan did, from hosting a radio show as a student, to running a fashion blog, contributed to his overall brand and eventual success as a fashion writer for US Weekly.
If I have to make a guess on how I am perceived based on my social media footprint as it stands right now, I would say that I would come off as somewhat politically engaged, although inexperienced. Hopefully I portray the image of someone who is always striving to inform themselves on issues they’re not familiar with. It’s much easier to describe how I would like to be perceived: fully informed, up-to-the-minute with news, and articulate.
When it comes to things I could be doing better to convey my personal brand…Well, I could write everyday for one thing, and participate in platforms like Facebook and twitter more actively. I could also become more involved in interacting with other bloggers of similar interests, and I could learn to create my own logos and banners so my page would look less sad when people visited it.
Clear Channel Radio has pulled a commercial advertising South Wind Women’s Center, a reproductive healthcare clinic in Kansas, for being in violation of their “decency standards.”
These ads, apparently so unspeakably offensive that they must never disgrace our hallowed airwaves, can be heard here and here. The second one states twice that they trust women to make their own decisions. That must be it.
Remember last year, when Michigan State Rep Lisa Brown was barred from speaking after using the word “vagina” when testifying against an abortion-restricting bill? Yeah. It’s fine if others engage in the sexual commodification of women for entertainment purposes, or if male law makers with no knowledge of female reproductive care want to pass laws that restrict it. But GOD FORBID there be any mention of lady parts for any purpose other than catering to men. That’s indecent.
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I’m still working on getting everything up and running, so it might be a bit premature to start putting the word out, but I’m very excited nonetheless. I plan on updating the page with links to news, music, polls, and pictures. You can click here or in the sidebar to “like” Ms. Dissident.
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