My top 5 social media number 1s – Blog Post #6 – COM0011




As I sat down at the computer “just about” ready to write my final blog for Intro to Social Media, I realised I had too many topics I wanted to cover. This week for example, I came across a hashtag that meant something to me. While a hashtag can be funny or sarcastic this one was an acronym for a serious and unjust subject. Sometimes a hashtag can lead you to more information on a particular subject that really interests you as this one did for me. I wanted whatever audience I have to know about it and care about it. I also noticed a picture posted by a celebrity that made me stop in my tracks. I wanted to write about what it stood for and give it an even bigger platform. Then, I read probably the best blog I have ever read. It just hit me like a ton of bricks and I wanted everyone on my Facebook page to read it. While listening to Spark on CBC on my way home from work, bam, a social media movement that may bridge the gap between the racial and poverty divide in the United States and lastly I really wanted to write about an application I think will change the world for so many people, giving them independence by being virtually dependent. How could I possibly narrow it down? All of the topics are incredibly important to me. Then I realised these necessary bits of information were shared by different social media platforms. Why not write a list of five of my social media number ones? So here they are, my fav hashtag, image, blog post, use of Web 2.0 and app!

My favourite Hashtag:

#mmiw is an acronym for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (and girls). I am not an indigenous woman but I am a woman. First, let’s be clear that the way this country has treated those native or indigenous to it, is absolutely deplorable. Apologies mean nothing when change is not in effect. I recently read about 10 First Nations reserves with more than 10 years of bad water, only receiving media attention this week because of the recent Winnipeg boil water advisory.



49% of murdered Canadian women are indigenous. Aboriginal women make up 4.3% of the total Canadian population and 16% of all accounted Canadian homicides. Why? Highway 16 “The Highway of Tears” is an 800km section of highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Colombia. Records show 18 murders on the highway between 1969 and 2011 but families say over 40 murders have occurred. Because of little police interest and an almost non existent investigation, these murders continue to be unsolved. Some say racism is also the reason the Pickton murders went unsolved for so many years.

#mmiw gives immediate attention to these women. The lack of respect we as a nation have shown those native to this land has always bothered me. This hashtag made me feel like there is the possibility of change. Hopefully with the recent star power of Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq (freak out, she follows me on Twitter!!!), these issues will make the “front pages”. If you Google #mmiw, you will find a boat load of incredibly important information regarding this issue. Also, please consider First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s, 7 free ways to make a difference.


My favourite image:

We know the tension between Israel and the Palestinian People has resulted in so many lives lost on both sides. I think despite whatever view you have, peace is what we wish for everyone.  I have many Jewish and Muslim friends. They are equally peace loving and important. This picture took my breath away.

A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can't live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. - Chelsea Handler

A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can’t live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. – Chelsea Handler

I mean just read the caption. The best part? I shared it and both my Muslim and Jewish friends ‘liked’ it. It’s the little things that can evoke a break in the heaviness. The power of an image is unlike any other. It really can say a million words. For me, this picture summed up the sadness and waste of war, odd I know. Chelsea Handler has 2.6 million Facebook friends and 5.6 million Twitter followers. Imagine what might happen if we all share this image?


My all time favourite blog post!!!!!!:



Have you heard of Tess Munster? Well if you haven’t, you will! Tess Munster is the largest plus size model to be signed by a mainstream modeling agency. She started her #effyourbeautystandards movement and describes herself as a “body positive activist”. And, she is sooo gorgeous! She is a single mom (go girl!) and is engaged and HAPPY! Imagine that (note the sarcasm)? But I said this was the “my favourite blog section” didn’t I? So here’s the best part. Obviously Tess received a slew of hateful and downright disgusting comments about her incredible success (note my annoyance) but the blog this writer wrote in response was absolutely the best blog I have ever read. You know when someone says “Well, she’s so unhealthy and she’s disgusting, and if she cared about her child she would lose weight, and she can’t be happy if she’s that fat!”? You know….those people, the ones who say those things and you don’t know exactly how to respond? Well look no further, please read WHY PEOPLE HATE TESS MUNSTER (AND OTHER HAPPY FAT PEOPLE) by Jes at The Militant Baker. It’s the perfect read if you need a dose of reality or need valid points when arguing;).


My favourite use of Web 2.0:

Recently while listening to Spark, I learned about an ingenious idea thought up and implemented by Darryl Adams, Superintendent of Schools for Coachella Valley Unified District. He noticed a divide between children who have access to wireless devices and Wi-Fi and those who did not have access to the internet off of school grounds. His belief is that internet requirements for students without access is a civil rights issue. How can students graduate and be able to compete if they do not have access to the internet for homework? The “poorer neighborhoods” would images6YH89GJ8continue to fall behind at a greater rate if access could not be acquired. It’s one thing to give your students laptops but if they don’t have service at home, research becomes difficult or impossible. Solution? School buses. School buses with secure Wi-Fi park outside of low income neighborhoods. The students can log in from their bedrooms and get their homework done! What about battery power for the bus? Solar panels! I mean this podcast will make you grin from ear to ear! One step closer to equality! Information is power! You can listen to Norah Young (Spark host) and Darryl Adams here.


My favourite app:

Last but not least, my pic for this year’s number one app is Be My Eyes. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteers willing to be their eyes from their smart phone! Let’s say for example a visually impaired person is grocery shopping and needs help differentiating one product from another or help reading the ingredients on a particular item, they simply place a request to the app and are connected with a sighted volunteer, like Facetime!!! This can change the world for so many people. It really is the best app I think has been created in forever! Volunteers can earn points andimagesMM54FQ64 be promoted! As of yet, it is only available on iOS but should be available for Android soon! Be My Eyes is a free app and anyone can volunteer! Just get it! There are currently almost 10,000 visually impaired and 112,000 sighted signed up. Isn’t this a most incredible use of social media?



So there they are folks, my top five number ones! I hope these either opened your eyes or were moments that resonated with you as well. Social media may have its faults but more importantly, it has the power to be beautiful and evoke positive change.


How about you? What were your top social media moments of the past few months? Are there other social media platforms that  have exposed you to something interesting or life changing? Would love to hear from you!



Misconceptions in agriculture (COM0011 – Blog Post #6)


Thank you to Chrissie Laymon for the use of her photo. You can follow Chrissie on Twitter @the_farm_life.

In my last post I talked about #farm365 and how farmers are opening their barn doors to the public by using social media. In this post I am going to stay on the agriculture topic, but shift the focus to some lies and misconceptions I see and hear all the time.


The first one, I talk about a little in my last post #farm365 (COM0011 – Blog Post #5).
All the time I hear people talk about farmers abusing their cows or other animals. I find this funny as one adult cow is worth over $2,000 each (more than I payed for my car). Do you really think someone would want to hurt something that is worth that much? I will admit that I have hit a cow, but it was for the better of the cow. In a blog post by Dairycarrie titled Sometimes we are mean to our cows, she talked about a downed cow and how sometimes being mean to them by slapping them or using a cattle prod is for their own health.

Another misconception that I see all the time, is PETA and other animal rights groups take a photo or video and editing it to say something other than what is really happening. About a week ago, there was an article going around my Facebook feed called Why I am an Anti-PETA Activist by by M-K Jones. In the post on her blog she tells us about a recently ad put out on the PETA Facebook page using the photo shown below.

There is just one problem with this ad, if you know anything about sheep you would know that this is a Suffolk which is raised for meat, not wool. A few years back, I worked on a sheep farm and just like when you get a haircut if you move well getting it cut you might get nicked with the clippers, same goes for the sheep when they get Sheared.


Back in August 2014 PETA posted a video about a dairy farm in North Carolina, where they claim that the cows are forced to live in their own waste. Dairycarrie also wrote a blog post about this titled PETA’s Undercover North Carolina Dairy Farm Video.

Now if you look at this screenshot from the video you can see that their legs are dirty, But if you look closer you will see that they have clean tails and clean bellies which goes to show that they are well cared for as every cow I have seen has had at least a little bit of dirt on their tail/belly. My guess is that in this photo the cows were being moved to another part of the farm but run through this area. Make sure to read the blog post as Carrie goes on point out other problems with the video.

The 2 stories above are some examples of  PETA and other animal rights groups trying to tell you lies about what is really happening.

The last example I am going to show you is a common one I see all the time. Can you spot which photo has beef calves in it and which photos dairy calves?

Photo #1


Photo #2



Photo #3







Photo #2 is the beef calves and Photos #1 & #3 are dairy calves. PETA likes to use photo like #1 but say that they are beef calves and think that they can get away with it.

How do you feel about PETA and other animal rights groups spreading misleading and inaccurate information?