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Occupy Toronto: limitations to freedom of speech

The Occupy movement provided an extensive look into the deeply cemented problems and issues that are present in a democratic country like Canada. In the last blog, almost all newspapers analyzed provided a critical view of the movement by reporting on only specific issues dealing with the Occupancy of Bay Street and St.James Park. In […]

Occupying Toronto Within State Set Boundaries

In the previous media analysis post, eight different news articles were examined and each used frames that delegitimized and downplayed the significance of the movement. The eight articles mentioned, provide a false balance within their representation of the movement. In the articles, they tried to show the movement in a positive light but concluded by […]

Radicals and Anarchists: The ‘New’ Crisis of Hegemony

Have our fears finally aligned with our ideals or do they just continue to inform them?  The paradigm shift from fear to stability has seen a return to old conventions that have merely adopted new forms.   Our endless struggles to overthrow the very systems we reaffirm everyday continue to shape our fears, contentions, and divisions. […]

Occupy Toronto: How Media Viewed the Movement

The “occupy Toronto” movement gained rapid momentum with the publicity it received from all avenues of media: print, television, radio, and more recently, social networking sites. Each avenue reported the event from a different perspective. Almost all newspapers analyzed were very critical of the agenda and overall message of the movement, while some newspapers were […]

Media Constructions: “Othering” and Nation Building Construct Occupy Protesters as a Threat to Capitalism

Welcome back to the second blog on Toronto’s Occupy movement. In this second blog, I will critically analyze the media coverage of Toronto’s Occupy movement. Specifically, I review newspaper articles from the Toronto Star that construct individual identities of two key players, Susan Ursel and Antonin Yvan Mongeau. Furthermore, the three key media scripts of […]

Occupy What? — Occupy Toronto Media Portrayal

Through analyzing mainstream media news reports covering the Occupy Toronto movement, I have found that there is a large tendency for these news reports to use frames of disruption, ignorance, and amalgam of grievances to achieve their goals of downplaying the significance of the movement. The three frames that have been used in the news […]

Occupy Movement: Toronto

In September 2011, a Canadian non profit organization known as the “adbusters” proposed a peaceful protest and occupancy of a major park near the financial hub of North America, Wall Street (Hiltz 2011). The purpose of this gathering and subsequently occupancy was to express their displeasure and oppose an array of issues such as social […]

The Foundations of Democracy: Dissent and Toronto’s Occupy Movement

Dissent is the foundation of democracy. When economic and social tensions escalate, people search for change. On September 17, 2011, in Manhattan’s Liberty Square, public tensions culminated into a massive protest in New York City, dubbed Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Inspired by the Arab Spring Movement, Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement fueled by […]

“We are the 99%” – Occupy Toronto

Occupy Toronto is part of the global Occupy Movement which started off as the Occupy Wall Street Movement in New York on September 17, 2011 (Brucato 2012: 78). Protestors and participants worldwide were united with the goal of closing the gaps of economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The slogan shared among the […]