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Posted on 2016/11/06 by

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Bending Boundaries between Appreciation, Appropriation, and Adaptation

Between 2005 and 2008, American-based television network Nickelodeon aired what would become one of the most lauded and commercially successful children’s shows of its time, Avatar: The Last Airbender. At its best, Avatar presents stirring storylines that grapple with the complexities of human relationships in meaningful ways, offering the audience narratives that confront racism (“Book Read More

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Posted on 2016/10/28 by

“This Web Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us”: On Web Sheriff and Anti-Piracy as a Business Force

I can still remember the pang of disappointment that accompanied the email. GirlAttorneys – or, in the du jour stylization of the time, GIRLATTORNEYS – a music blog that I had run with a couple of friends for close to a year, had been permanently shutdown by Blogger for one too many DMCA takedown notices. Read More

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Posted on 2016/10/21 by

Knitpicking over Ownership: Cultural Heritage Ethics and the Coast Salish Cowichan Sweater

Aided by the advent of the internet, knitting has enjoyed a resurgence over the past two decades, particularly among younger generations drawn to the craft as a stress-relieving and potentially eco-friendly pastime. The growing number of knitting blogs and the popularity of the online platform Ravelry allows patterns and objects to circulate on- and off-line with Read More

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Posted on 2016/10/13 by

Other People’s Preserves: The Citation Economies of a Canning Blog

Unlike most methods of preparing and cooking food, preserving — the practice of canning, pickling, fermenting and drying food — allows for the long-term storage seasonal produce. This temporal dimension specific to preserving has its roots in “historical” practice: these processing methods pre-date the widespread availability of refrigeration technologies, agro-industrial supply chains, and the perpetual Read More

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Posted on 2016/09/29 by

A Room of Our Own: Constructing and Curating the Open Access Archive for Transformative Works

In 2012, readers, media outlets, and literary critics were alarmed, appalled, and perhaps a little intrigued to find that E.L James’s erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey had sold over 100 million copies worldwide and become a New York Times best-seller. Equally shocking to its mainstream audience was news of the novels’ scandalous origins: Fifty Read More

Posted on 2016/09/25 by

France’s ReLIRE Project: How to Reconcile Mass Digitization & the ‘Droit d’Auteur’

In 2011, the ruling in a U.S. court case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, set a precedent in copyright law by protecting the digital archives produced by libraries for preservation purposes under fair dealing. While the European Copyright Directive allows for the mass digitization of orphan works for non-commercial purposes, in Canadian copyright law the Read More

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Posted on 2015/12/11 by

Hook & Eye as Digital Feminist Media Lab: A Conversation with Dr. Erin Wunker

This week, I had the opportunity to correspond with Dr. Erin Wunker (Contract academic faculty at Dalhousie), who I’ve had the pleasure of working with at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. As one of the co-founders & managing editor of the blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe, and the chair of Read More

Posted on 2015/11/24 by

#caughtgramming: Instagram & Image Maker Insecurity

What is it about Instagram that keeps photographers fretting? I’ve studied photography for a while, I like taking photos, and I wish kodak hadn’t abandoned analog photography, because I’m Team Film if we’re picking sides. And I’m pretty into Instagram. Is that contradictory? It feels like a logical progression to me, but since Instagram popped Read More

Posted on 2015/11/14 by

“WESTERN” MEDIA LAB / “EASTERN” ARCHIVE

The challenge(s) of establishing an alternative history archive from the Global South The creation of the MIT Media Lab in the mid-80s pointed to a turning point in the way ideas surrounding research were not only conceived but also necessitated. It was in parallel with the widespread introduction of the personal computer, in addition to Read More

Posted on 2015/11/13 by

We are All ‘Super Slick Salesmen’: A life as a living historian in the retro-utopia, or, I have an amazing post-apocalyptic bug out team – probe on the MIT Media Lab

Most of the world today runs on ‘fixed-term contracts’ (Barbrook, 1995, p. 2). Long gone is the notion of staying in one job or company for an entire career. When I began my career as a historian, Mulroney had decimated the history staff at Parks Canada, and many of the community museums in Nova Scotia Read More

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