Author Archives | miranda shafer

Final post from The Men’s Health Experts

Overview Kelly, Lauren and I created The Men’s Health Experts, that consisted of a nun, a scientist, and a politician. We formed our collective to highlight the absurd attacks on women by right-wing politicians. Why a nun, a politician and a scientist?  Just as the February 16th House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform panel […]

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The Mens Health Experts needs YOU

The feedback we received in class last week was really helpful.  We decided that we need more time to plan our flash mob, fix the posters, and add stuff to a website. So we changed the date and location of our flash mob from this weekend (April 14th) to April 21st.  We’ve moved the location […]

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Environmental activism / intervention in Toronto

I came across Sean Martindale’s project, which reflect what Gina Badger discussed in her article, “Digging, Sowing, Tending, Harvesting (Making War-Fair).  In her article Badger wrote that one of issues for many green guerrillas is the use of public space and that, (sometimes) “their worse offense is tending otherwise forsaken properties without permission.” Badger quotes […]

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How powerful are protest maps?

I think that the most interesting question posed by the readings this week (primarily Denis Woods) is the question how can a protest map be revolutionary and effective, because maps typically rely on data to make their point and the people who create protest maps use the same data that the government uses, or they […]

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Mapping sound in a contested area

I’ve been interested in the conflict that surrounds eminent domain since I read about the case, Kelo v. City of New London. Eminent domain gives the government the power to take private property (that is economically blighted) for public use with the requirement that the government provides “just compensation” Eminent domain is typically used to […]

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Radio Ballet: Brecht

It seems like Bertolt Brecht always wanted his audience to participate in whatever he was presenting whether it was theater or radio. To quote Mark E Cory’s essay, Sound Play: The Polyphonous Tradition of German Radio Art, “Brecht was very clear on the dangers of passive listening, ‘concert’ listening, which he felt could lead to […]

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Augusto Boal -Theater of the Oppressed

George Ikishawa used to say that the bourgeois theater is the finished theater. The bourgeoisie already knows what the world is like, their world, and is able to present images if this complete finished world. The bourgeoisie presents the spectacle. On the other hand, the proletariat and the oppressed classes do not know yet what […]

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Project Example: Ourgoods.org

I saw lots of impressive organizations and exhibits at the Activist Tech Demo Day. I talked to Caroline Woolard at OurGoods.org, and she explained that the purpose of the website was to create a place where artists, designers and producers can barter skills, spaces and objects. It’s a great organization that is built upon some […]

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Biography: Miranda

I work for Housing Works, an amazing organization that helps people living with HIV and AIDS.  However, my background, and first love, is radio. I would like to help people or organizations produce great and engaging stories, and illustrate issues that are important to me. Some of the causes that are close to my heart: […]

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