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Europe etymology maps 1 - Imgur

Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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I [heart] the emoji revolution - The Boston Globe

I [heart] the emoji revolution - The Boston Globe | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
Emoji, the Japan-exported digital images that are now widely available on iPhones around the world, present the observer with an endless series of mysteries.
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Ahhh, so many ways to communicate.

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Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation

Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
The world's largest film industry—that'd be India's—is largely barren of the superhero and spaceship films that dominate Hollywood. What, exactly, accounts for the difference?
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How the Media Portray Men. Some interesting points from an anti-feminist!

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Handle his views with care! (Some very out of date claims) Still, there re some good juicy ideas you could use for an FOA about masculinity in the media.

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The Hidden Meanings in Kids' Movies: Colin Stokes at TEDxBeaconStreet *

Watching "The Wizard of Oz" and "Star Wars" with his son and daughter made communications expert Colin Stokes wonder about the stories we celebrate. Thanks t...
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Compare this to the Tropes in Video Games from Feminist Frequency. Also, compare the comments from Youtube and from the TED site (They are SOOOO different!)

Also, why a different title on Youtube and TED talks??

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Facebook and Free Speech. Who should say what is acceptable?

Facebook and Free Speech. Who should say what is acceptable? | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
Facebook is yet to comply with a Victoria Police request to remove sites inciting hatred and violence in response to the death of Jill Meagher.
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Pushing the limits of Chinese journalism

Pushing the limits of Chinese journalism | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
Reporters are finding ways to produce some high quality, muckraking journalism in the world's largest one-party state.

 

What should 'the rules' be for journalists? Can you find any examples of Journalist Code of Ethics or professional agreements?

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How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did - Forbes

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did - Forbes | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
Target has perfected the technique of analyzing consumers' shopping habits to figure out who's pregnant. How can they send customers congratulatory coupons without freaking them out?

 

Is this effective advertising?

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Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women

Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered cliché in the history of gaming and why the trope  has been core to the... This video explores how the Dam...
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Check out Part 2 as well.
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Taking a Dip in the Crazy Pool: The Evolution of X-Women From Heroic Subject to Sexual Object

Taking a Dip in the Crazy Pool: The Evolution of X-Women From Heroic Subject to Sexual Object | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
By Suzanne M. Stauffer, Associate Professor School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University The X-Men presents a unique opportunity for examining changing social attitudes tow...
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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Don't force anyone to read what you think they should read.

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James Geary: Metaphorically speaking | Video on TED.com

Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.
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How do Media Images of Men Affect Our Lives? | Center for Media Literacy

How do Media Images of Men Affect Our Lives? | Center for Media Literacy | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
The Center for Media Literacy provides you with a wide selection of teaching tools, carefully evaluated for their quality and importance to the field.
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There is a useful set of questions in this article that might help you with your FOA on construction of masculinity.

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Anita Sarkeesian at TEDxWomen 2012

WHY ARE COMMENTS TURNED OFF? This talk comes from a woman who was targeted by an online hate campaign. Predictably, the same campaign has targeted this talk,...
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Radio Shock Jocks. How far is too far?

Broadcaster Alan Jones has been recorded making a speech in which he said John Gillard was ashamed of his daughter. SBS Australia

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Are you 'casually homophobic'?

Are you 'casually homophobic'? | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
A new website shows how often the words 'faggot', 'no homo', 'so gay' and 'dyke' are tweeted in real time, in an attempt to stamp out the use of homophobic language.

 

Lovely cross over between Part 1 and Part 2 for a further Oral.

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‘Awesome’ Julia Gillard speech goes viral

‘Awesome’ Julia Gillard speech goes viral | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
Julia Gillard’s fiery speech in parliament yesterday has made headlines around the world, with commentators from independent media sites declaring the performance a blistering success.   ...

 

Why did this speech go viral? What elements of this speech could be considered effective? 

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What can and can't you say on Twitter?

What can and can't you say on Twitter? | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
A student jailed for making racially offensive comments on Twitter has raised the issue of what you can and can't say on social networking sites.
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Language Wars

Language Wars | IBLanguage | Scoop.it
From the first time we step into an English class, we’re told that the rules matter, that they must be followed, that we must know when it’s appropriate to use a comma and what it means to employ the...
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