Happy Birthday, Canada!

Happy Birthday, Canada!

July 1st 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday. If a person lived to be 150, they would be considered incredibly old, yet Canada is extremely young for a country. Our neighbour south of the border is turning 241, to put things into perspective, and even that is considered a modest history.

There are going to be a lot of events this summer to celebrate this milestone, and the media has been advertising the festivities since the beginning of the year. It will be interesting to see whether tourism spikes up this season due to all the hype about the success of the nation and the great things it is known for (namely maple syrup, hockey, and politeness).

Details about the activities being held for the sesquicentennial can be found here. Special days that are being emphasized are June 21st (National Aboriginal Day), June 24th (Saint Jean-Baptiste Day), June 27th (Canadian Multiculturalism Day), and of course, July 1st (Canada Day).

I have always lived in Canada (specifically Ontario), and although I hope to travel more in the future, and am not against the idea of moving country if somewhere else draws me in, I think Canada is a great place. The diversity of cultures, occupations, environments, and opinions make it a very interesting place to live in and explore. I would like to think that generally, Canadians are largely tolerant of people’s differences, and that makes us stronger.

In 1867, there were only four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Now we have 10 provinces, three territories, the right to vote for women and minorities, 16 political parties, and a strong foundation of rights and resources for all citizens.

Since I was born in July 1997, July 1867 seems a world away, when in reality our nation’s history is quite recent when compared to the rest of the globe.

Here is an entertaining video that discusses the significance of the special affair for the country.

 

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One of My Favourite Songs

One of My Favourite Songs

To start off your weekend right, here is one of my favourite songs by Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds called “Doria.” A lot of his music is on YouTube, and I enjoy listening to his compositions while studying or editing my papers and stories. I hope you enjoy!

Loyalist College Townhouse Room Tour

Loyalist College Townhouse Room Tour

This is a video I shot for my Digital Storytelling Toolbox Class where I was practicing my skills recording clips on my iPhone and getting a variety of shots. Young journalists need to have a wide range of skills in order to compete in the field today, and so our professors are stressing the importance of using a variety of tools to tell stories.

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Reading and Response

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Reading and Response

Last night I decided to revisit my favourite poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” by Robert Frost. I recorded myself reciting the poem and giving an off the cuff response about what I think it means and why it is important to me. You can listen to the recording, which I posted to my SoundCloud account, here.

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“Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.”

-Robert Frost

Twitter Assignment

Twitter Assignment

This post is for a Twitter Assignment I had to complete for my journalism program at Loyalist College to practice using tools on social media.

Distribution

Retweet

Live Reporting

Bread Crumbs

Conversations

Sourcing/Links

Creative/Videos

A Global Gallery: How Globalization has Transformed the Art Industry

A Global Gallery: How Globalization has Transformed the Art Industry

Last Friday, Hank Green from the popular YouTube channel Vlogbrothers posted a video (which can be viewed here) about a piece of street art he saw in a documentary filmed in Turkey of a giant blue cat with a smug expression and bushy black eyebrows.

The Vlogbrothers channel has a following of nearly three million people across the world, and so the Green brothers have accumulated many resources from their online endeavours, and have opened several other educational YouTube channels and operate an online store called DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome).

Hank wanted to locate the person who created the captivating cat mural, and he was able to do so by asking for help from his followers on social media, who eventually led him to the artist who calls himself Kedicizdim.

Now the design is available to purchase from DFTBA, which is based in Missoula, MT as a t-shirt, a pin and a sticker decal.

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The design created by Kedicizdim, available for purchase here.

In the video, Hank expresses that he wants to use his fame to help artists get their work publicized. He acknowledges he is privileged because of his online popularity, and that those with more money and status are able to get their content out to more people. Consequently, he wants to share other people’s creations to allow them to seize the spotlight and develop their own base of followers.

I think this is a great thing for him to do. Most importantly, it demonstrates the power of social media and how the world has become globalized on an unprecedented scale. Twenty years ago, it would have been impossible for a Montana man to locate a local Turkish street artist that he has never met in person, and sell his creation internationally.

There is an interesting paradox that Hank mentions that brings to question whether globalization helps or hinders artists from making a name for themselves.

On the one hand, people are more interconnected than ever due to their ability to interact via online platforms, and artists are able to instantaneously share their work with the click of a button.

However, as a result of this, the Internet has become oversaturated with content, and it is impossible for a person to be able to consume all online media.

As Hank states, people will inevitably miss out on a lot of great stuff, simply because some people have more resources than others and are therefore able to amplify the attention they receive for their work.

I am on the fence about my opinions on the impact globalization has had on our world. In terms of its effects on the art industry, it is hard for any artist to “make it” no matter where they live or how they share their work. I appreciate Hank’s efforts to spread other people’s creations, and I think we need more uplifting posts online instead of all of the hateful comments that often plague social media platforms.

What do you think about sharing art online, and the effects globalization has had on the art scene? Let me know by leaving a comment down below!