Part I, Part II The riot at Concordia University showed how such events are handled by police, as well as how events are communicated to the public for certain interests. In this final part, the ‘Netanyahu Riot’ will be put in perspective, and the power struggle which took place will be examined. The protesters in […]

Media has been a very significant tool throughout its history in creating knowledge, affecting consensus and shaping general public view, as well as an instrument of common-sense discourse. The use of media by the government and politicians has been a common thing in creating moral panics and propaganda for their political interests. As Boykoff (2007a) […]

This blog post will analyse the dominant representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protest/riot within mainstream news media. This analysis will identify and critique the kind of information being included/excluded, the manner by which the protesters were framed and suppressed, and the consequences of the particular representations. The examined articles do a poor job at […]

The Toronto SlutWalk is a powerful form of resistance against gendered oppression. It is important to consider the truths it reveals about hierarchies of power, patriarchal relations and the political context of neoliberalism within which the situation has unraveled. In this section, I will use a Foucauldian framework to demonstrate how the politics and policies […]

The 1937 Oshawa strike represented a critical juncture in Canadian history because its resolution resulted in the creation of more equitable labour conditions for industrial workers. The eventual concessions made by General Motors (GM) in regard to labour conditions were brought about in large part by the efforts made by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) […]

Take Back the Night is an organization that was formed in the 1960s in response to various victim-blaming strategies used to blame women for their sexual assaults; it is also focused on addressing women’s safety at night (Take Back the Night 2014). It is presumed that women are more suitable targets than men, therefore requiring […]

Terrorism for most people is captured more in images than in words. Whether it is hostage-taking, piracy, or indiscriminate bombings and shootings, the victims are typically described as having been innocents or non-combatants. And always, those labeled as terrorists are identified as the force which threatens democratic order (Perdue, 1989). Terrorism is a hot button […]

After indigenous residents of the Stoney Point First Nation occupied Ipperwash Provincial Park, the state sought to violently remove these individuals from this territory. This led to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) engaging in violent confrontations with these indigenous protesters, as they were pressured into removing them by the Ontario government. Therefore, it is vital to […]

It is worth acknowledging that ordinary citizens get the vast majority of their conventional news from mass media. Whether it’s true or not, the citizen’s dependence on mass media does not decline and leads them to believe the stories that are reported as substantially viable. Four of the six news articles, from across Canada, used […]

The media has not only taken on the role of constructing police brutalization as imminent, particularly for minorities, but they also characterize the police as predatory. The death of Cleveland native Tamir Rice has been billed an attack against an innocent Black youth playing with a toy gun (Lopez, 2014), and the death of Eric […]