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March 15, 2015 

  • Shelters, not spectales. Communities, not circuses.  On Monday, demonstrators carried torches in protest of Toronto’s spending on the Pan Am games, specifically the decision to string very expensive Christmas lights across the Bloor viaduct. On Tuesday, OCAP proposed that the city reallocate some of the 3.8 million that will be used to decorate the bridge, and instead use that money to expand shelter and drop-in services and develop more affordable housing. The city refused, even though the moving demonstration, which cost only $400 to do, made clear that more affordable options are very much possible.
  • “I wonder if the data collected by platforms will at some point become more transparent, and at what cost or contextual shift. Will my daughter be able to sift through my dark data profiles and learn about the egregious number of times I looked at someone else’s profile? Will there be a new round of data mausoleums, offering to sell us peeks at the past? Is data like defaulted debt, ready to be bought and sold at a fraction of the price and subject to a secondary market?” Amelia Abreu asks who will own our pasts in TNI’s new Futures issue.
  • When is it right to use the term “ladies”? They’ve reached a consensus over at Weird Sister.
  • Holly Grigg-Spall critiques Bayer’s new marketing campaign advocating for Canadian women to break up with the Pill and embrace the IUD.
  • Ann Friedman talks to her best friend about living a “life that has never been digitally chronicled, liked, or commented on” in “Anti-Social Media.”
  • “It’s the year 2050 and it’s illegal for men to buy protein powder or use the free weights at the gym. They can use the stair-stepper and if they’re very good, the little two-pound dumbbells that are coated in pink plastic, but they can only use them for calf raises. It’s 2050 and feminists have sexualized men’s calves. It’s 2050 and it’s illegal for a man to play a guitar in a public place or to know what time it is. Men have to guess.” All bow down to the feminists of 2050.

 

 

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