Miss Representation

by Terry Jackson-Mitchell

“Miss Representation” is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsome. The documentary has blossomed into a non-profit organization “The Rep Project” which is now a social justice movement that started the uncomfortable conversation of the effects of the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in mainstream media, misogeny, sexism, politics and how it shapes our life in this country.

The film interweaves stories from teenage girls to grown women with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleeza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jason Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne and Gloria Steinam to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.

Oprah purchased the right to premier the documentary on the OWN network for OWNs Documentary Film Club” February 10, 2011.This was a significant victory for the producers of the film and the movement
MissRepresentation.org first emerged on the internet November 2009 with a very basic page illustrating the aspirations of the documentary. But wasn’t updated again until May 11, 2011 with pages for information on screening dates, introductions of the team, requests for donations and “take the pledge”. At that time, TAKE THE PLEDGE became a social action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential. October 7, 2011 the facebook and blog page appeared on the site.

The “Representation Project” movement uses the power of people to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes with the hope to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

There is a team of social media managers that handle the Rep Project newsletter,twitter and facebook page you can pledge to represent the change you want to see for women & girls. Youake action daily and tweet to connect with others by bringing awareness to media or politics that empower or disparage women or girls.

The Rep Project is call-to-action campaign grew out of the film that includes:

1) a Twitter campaign to call out offensive media
2) a crowd-sourced list of media that represent women and girls fairly
3) a virtual internship program to recruit representatives
4) guides for media representation conversation starters
5) guides for electing females for political office
6) weekly action alerts
7) gender equality principles
8) tools for action

I believe this documentary helped our country gain more women in the house and the senate. The uncomfortable conversations brought about from this documentary motivated me to go back to college and pursue becoming a social justice artist. My life changed dramatically from this empowering documentary. It is a life changing documentary. I have bought several copies of the film and distributed them to several women and girl juvenile justice programs in Salt Lake County.

Awards:

Outstanding Documentary at the Gracie Allen Awards”
2011 Sundance Official Selection
Audience Award – Palo Alto Film Festival
Movies Matter Award – Maui Film Festival
Audience Award – Sonoma Film Festival
Based in San Francisco

http://film.missrepresentation.org

By Terry Jackson-Mitchell

Underground Hip Hop and NBA Playoff Prediction Podcasts

Underground Hip Hop is gaining more popularity each day. There are some really good tracks from artists with many different rap styles. UGHH offers an online radio podcast for fans to check out based on a certain artist they like by tying an artist to a song or another artist relevant to that specific radio channel. Check out more at UGHH here:

http://ughh.com/radio/

The 2014 NBA Playoffs are here, and Bruce Bowen (retired NBA player) takes an in-depth look/preview at this season’s playoff matchups via ESPN. Check out all of his podcasts here:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/archive?id=3634017

Science Fiction RSS Feeds

I’m huge into science fiction, particularly these 3 universes: Star Wars, Star Trek and Halo. Here are some RSS Feeds that I found:

Star Wars Video Games RSS Feed: http://www.brainhood.net/tag/star-wars-video-game/feed/

Halo Movies RSS Feed: http://halomovies.org/rss.cfm

Star Trek Phase II: http://www.startrekphase2.de/en/x5feed.xml

By Nate Woodward

RSS feeds found on Huffington Post

After learning about RSS feeds, having not known a thing about them before this class.  I found Huffington Post to have good RSS feeds.  My favorite part about them is that not only is it broken out by the headers from the site but it even goes a little deeper.  Allowing the person receiving the notifications to not get everything in sports, but they could narrow it down to just college, or just a specific type of sport, like baseball.  Here were three that I found helpful on Huffpost.

Only Good News from HuffPost

Things for Parents from HuffPost

Weird News

Instagram Privacy Terms

I selected Instagram. Mainly because I literally signed up for it two weeks ago and simply to check up on my 14 year old daughter. I wanted to make sure that the things she was posting were appropriate and keep an eye on the things she was viewing. Being new to the site I thought it would be a good idea to see what their privacy terms are.

I was a little shocked at how much data they acquire and use for analytics. Including other web pages that you visit on your device through the cookies. Additionally if you login from a computer it will log the IP address basically tracking where you are logging in from.   One saving grace to the fact that they are nearly tracking everything you do on your phone is that they do state they will not share your information with any other third party outside of Instagram “or the group of companies of which Instagram is a part.” But when you think that Instagram is owned by Facebook, and the possibility of what else Facebook could own now or down the road, it makes you wonder just how private your private information really is. They do share users information including content when responding to legal requests. While this may bother some users, I live by a simple rule: Don’t give them a legal reason to look at you. In other words, don’t make threats against the government, don’t post terrorist photos, just don’t be dumb. If you’re not breaking the law you don’t have anything to hide.

I read through all of the Privacy Terms as wells as the standard Terms and Conditions. I could not identify what they will specifically do in the event of a breach in the site. It does state multiple times that the protection and updating of the users, user name and password, are the responsibility of the user.

Finally, of course the terms are subject to change. In the event of a change they will provide prior notice to their users and you are free to delete your account at any time.

Instagram Privacy Terms

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My RSS Feeds

NPR has the best RSS Feeds, and they are easily accessible to decide the category and know what you are getting. 

 

Arts & Culture - http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1008

Music - http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1039

Visual Arts - http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1047

 

-Chanel Foote