Media and Technology

Critical reporting on media and technology issues requires going beyond celebrity gossip and celebration of the latest "must-have" gadgets. At the Weave we do our best to keep our eyes on the deeper structures of power, identity, and social transformation that lie at the heart of media and technology issues.

Coltan-The Mining Process

Columbite-tantalite: Coltan.  The substance, mineral, and element used in every cellphone, laptop, pager, and other electronic devices made in this day and age.  This element is important in every possible aspect to the communication and survival of everyday life in the United States, and even everywhere else in the world, yet it is dramatically hurting the people in Congo.

Beginning Relations of Cell Phones and Genocide

My name is James Fordyce and I attend St. Lawrence University as a sophomore. I am a Global Studies and Economics major who is interested in the study of natural resources.  In this blog I will be writing about technology companies that abuse human rights for these natural resources rather than focusing on the economic issues and gains, although this will be a small segment of what I cover.

Walking the Fine Line: the "Innocence of Muslims" Controversy

    In an age where we have so many means of free speech, it’s easy for someone to take one step too far.  On September 12th, a video was uploaded onto YouTube called “Innocence of Muslims” which was completely covered with anti-Islamic themes and attitudes.  It has sparked a storm of protests and general outrage across Arabic countries especially Egypt, Lib

A Dramatic Conclusion

            The Pozos Project came to a dramatic conclusion, at least for the second video group and I, with the final documentary.  After having been zombies and gangsters, this group had a new challenge.  Their task was to represent an aspect of their life, of their reality.  They chose to make a documentary about their family, and the instruments and music their parents created.  At the beginning of the course, I presented all of the groups with a similar proposal.  We were all going to make small documentaries, which captured t

Gangsters in Pozos

The second video the youth made was a gangster film.  They were inspired after making the first movie and started planning the second video just hours after having watched the final version of their zombie flic.  These videos were designed as exercises that caught the student’s interest, while at the same time teaching them how to create and make a film.  I had only intended to work on one fictional piece with the students before moving on to documentary.  But I too was caught up in the excitement of the students.  They had a clear idea and artistic vision, so I all

Is This Thing On?: The Flub Between NBC, Twitter and the Olympic Games

            The 2012 Olympics are in full swing and we at home are watching our country compete valiantly over in London.  While there have been live streams on the internet, NBC has been the main broadcaster of the Olympic events.  Twitter has made a cross promotion with the network to create new marketing campaigns while engaging users in conversation.  This form of

Zombies and the Beginning of the Creative Process

The Pozos Project was officially concluded on Saturday, the 28 of July.  On Friday, the second group and I finished the last video, a documentary about their parents.  On Saturday morning I gave all the students a DVD of their finished work, concluding a month worth of intense workshops.  In the early afternoon we had our final “comida” with Geoff and Janice, the other assistants, and some of the assistants' parents.  It was sad to say goodbye to the all the people with whom we had worked so intensely.  We had become a family, for we had taught and lived together, c

The Danger in Teaching Art as a "Foreigner"

In the early morning, the streets of Pozos are virtually empty.  People wake up slowly, roused by the crowing of roosters and the chatter of birds.  The clouds come down from the mountains, filling the lonely streets with a thick mist that resembles the ghost of people from another time.

Artistic Update

It is early in the morning and the lights have flickered on and off all night.  At 2 a.m.

After the Elections

July 1st has passed and, throughout Mexico, votes have been cast and counted.  The electoral commission (the IFEG) has announced that the PRI candidate Pena Nieto has won the election.   While President Felipe Calderon and the media have pledged to support Pena Nieto, the leftist candidate who came in second place by seven points, Andres Mauel Lopez Obrador, claims that the elections were fraudulent.  There have been reports of irregularities at many polling stations, and documented evidence of votes being bought in favor of particular candidates.  There