Analyzing Girl Boss in the FIMS Classroom

// Brienna French FIMS is about critical thinking, and one of the great things about this is that there is no shortage of media to criticize; you’ll always have new problematic material for your assignments. Netflix’s recent series Girl Boss is an excellent example of media you can analyze within the FIMS classroom. Girl Boss, created…

What Kony 2012 means for the Internet

In case you’ve been in a coma for the past two weeks, LRA (a Ugandan rebel militia) leader Joseph Kony was trending on Twitter recently. #KONY2012 exploded into the online universe thanks to a thirty-minute documentary that has received over 73 million views so far (and counting). Made by the not-for-profit foundation Invisible Children, the…

Buy Nothing Day is Coming, Should You Participate?

By: Kyla Garvey 99% of the things we purchase are either trashed or obsolete within 6 months. Reflect on the amount of time you spend in stores during the holiday season compared to the amount of time you spend with friends and family. Shopping leaves us with almost no feeling of fulfilment and does little…

Is FIMS Working?

“This place is a barren wasteland,” said Professor Sasha Torres, a panelist at Wednesday, October 19th’s round table discussion about the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. And so it may be.

Why Steve Mattered

Today, the world mourned the passing of Steve Jobs, business mogul and co-founder of Apple and Pixar. During his lifetime Steve made monumental contributions to the world and computing as we know it, although he was not without his critics and detractors. Looking back on his career, it is clear to all that Steve mattered,…

Did Polaris Get It Right?

On Tuesday night, Arcade Fire took home the $30,000 Polaris Prize. For those not in the know, the Polaris is an annual awards gala that aims to recognize the year’s best Canadian album based on artistic merit alone instead of album sales. The shortlist of 10 albums including releases by BRAIDS, Timber Timbre, Austra, Destroyer,…

Top Events of Summer 2011, Honourable Mentions: World

Fall is upon us, and so are the hordes of frosh wandering around campus in search of their classes (“what do you mean Health Sci isn’t right next to Nat Sci? I have to walk where?”). If you’re one of those frosh, welcome to Western, and don’t worry—you’ll figure out where all your classes are…