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Watch what you post November 10, 2013

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Jenkins states over the past several decades that media literacy advocates have called on schools to, “foster a critical understanding of media as one of the most powerful social, economic, political, and cultural institutions of our era.”  He goes on to say that these skills are essential.  New Media literacies should be viewed as social skills, as a way of interacting within a larger community, and not simply an individualized skills to be used for personal expression.  Along these same lines, McLuhan states that privacy doesn’t have the same meaning as it did in previous time, and that was from an interview he did in 1966.


We are at a time in our cultural where individuals need to be trained on the use of media and technology.  Not just how to use it, but when.  Understanding the use of media literacy is not just necessary for younger people and children, but adults as well.  I have heard and read much discussion on one’s Freedom of Speech.  True, this is a Constitutional right in order to be able to have a say.  There are times, that this can bring repercussions though. 


In Trottman’s article, she discusses workers being fired for bad-mouthing their employers on social media sites.  Under the National Labor Relations Act, workers are allowed to complain about pay, safety and other working conditions.  The article goes on to describe one firing where a woman called her boss a “scumbag” and an employee of BMW being fired for voicing his displeasure in an upcoming event for the dealership. 


Just in this past week, there was an article about a girls’ basketball coach from Idaho.  She posted a photo on Facebook of she and her fiancé (who is also a coach at the same school).  In the photo, they are both in their bathing suits and he is seen grabbing her chest.  It was on Facebook for less than a day and she took it down.  However, as we all know, once the digital trail has been created, one may not know who sees it.  Someone had seen the photo and submitted it to the school.  The school fired her on the basis they felt the photo was inappropriate to have been shared on Facebook.  Oddly, her fiancé kept his coaching position, which is a totally other issue.  McLuhan states that when you put a new medium into play in a given population, all sensory gets shifted and had an affect on the population’s outlook and attitude.  Frankly, the photo was foolishly shared, but not a fireable offense.  It is quite obvious that individuals police social media activity.  

It’s really difficult to figure out who is responsible for the education of critical media literacy.  As I mention above, this is something that is needed for children as well as adults.  Even with privacy settings in place, electronic trails are created. 

Work cited:


Allen, S. Idaho High School Fires Coach for Facebook Photo of Boyfriend Grabbing Her Chest.  USAToday (accessed November 9, 2013):  http://www.usatodayhss.com/news/article/idaho-high-school-fires-coach-after-she-posts-a-photo-of-boyfriend-grabbing-her-chest


Daily Mail Reporters.  The Facebook photo of a high school basketball coach and her fiancé that got her fired (because he touched her boob).  Mail Online (accessed November 9, 2013). 


McLuhan, M.  (1966).  TV as an involving medium.  http://marshallmcluhanspeaks.com/television/1966-tv-as-an-involving-medium.php


McLuhan, M.  (1968).  Privacy in the electric age.  http://marshallmcluhanspeaks.com/prophecies/1968-privacy-in-the-electric-age.php


Trottman, M.  (2011)  For Angry Employees, Legal Cover for Rants.  The Wall Street Journal.  (accessed November 9, 2013): 


Small Businesses with Big Hearts November 4, 2013

Today I sat down and talked with Kristin, the owner of The Cannon Barrel in Watervliet (owner of McIntyre’s Pub in Watervliet, too).  I was making arrangements with her for an upcoming FUNdraising event I am organizing for the American Cancer Society.  When I say she could not be any more accommodating, I really mean, she could not be any more accommodating.  I felt that she had a genuine interest in helping make this event a success.

After I left, I went for a walk, and it got me thinking about the local people ~ the business owners who really are the heart and soul of our communities.  They are bombarded with requests for donations for this fundraiser or that one, and they pull through each and every time.  How do I know?  Because I have had my hand out for prizes and raffles as well as event planning too many times to count ~ and each time, businesses say, “Sure!  Let me help you out.”  Their kindness and generosity is really unmatched in my book.  It’s not to say that big businesses don’t make their contributions, too (because they do) ~ but it’s the small business owners that really go all out.

I also have to give a huge shout out to MarEle Boutique Accessories.  Michele and MaryJane started this business two years ago, and it is so great to see how it has grown and developed!  Every Tuesday evening, they host Party From The Couch from their Facebook Page.  This online shopping event is a benefit for many different fundraisers happening in the area, and beyond.  MarEle donates a portion of the night’s sales to the selected organization.  In addition, they attend fundraising events.  (I am beginning to think they hologram themselves around the Capital District in order to keep up with all the events they attend.)

Don’t wait for Small Business Saturday.  The next time you’re looking for a gift, or in search of a great place to eat and hang out with family and friends support the locals ~ their supporting our communities, too.

Check out some of the businesses I’ve organized events through or have generously given raffle prizes:

(It’s in no way an all-inclusive list, our local community business owners are great!  These are just businesses that have helped me recently or ongoing in my fundraising efforts for local charities and events.)