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The Philippino prisoners represent community/collective action that Henry Jenkins describes that we have seen spread rapidly on sites like Youtube. The power of reforming criminals by using Youtube as a medium seems very extraordinary to me. In a positive and proactive approach to keeping the prisoners physically and mentally fit, the the prison chief got the inmates to collectively dance to a number of famous songs replicating the dance moves from the artists videos. Although the prisoners are identified only by numbers, and they perform as a mob, essentially foregoing their identity ,they are well known (collectively) on an international scale, juxtaposing their anonymity. The prison chief posted their first video online, ("Thriller") in 2007, and since then they have had over 50 million views. That success has led to more videos being made and posted and an international following.
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The Idle No More movement also represents the power of smartmobs. A recent movement intended to protect Canadian aboriginal sovereignty and land claims, the use of social media has brought national attention to the cause. As Idle No More utilizes social media through Facebook, text messages, and other platforms, it has gained more and more protesters, and picked up steam in organized gatherings. The movement began with a hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence who coordinated her actions through social media platforms. Rheingold talks about accessibility to the masses as people move from fixed desktop computers to devices that are smaller, and handheld, influencing the ability to assemble quickly and without immediate police intervention. It is an example of how we are using social media tools outside of the realm of novelty.
Read more about the Idle No More movement at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/04/f-idlenomore-faq.html
Jeannette Jackson's image spoke to me mostly through her title. Her "Wordle" creates a tangible image of our activity within new media, and relates directly to our participatory literacy. The words in the image form a continuous connection similar to hyper text, and reinforcing our need to be transliterate in new media. I found that it reflected Jenkins new media skills and the necessary competencies that a person requires to be a successful digital learner in the 21st century.
Jackson, Jeannette. Pondering on Participatory Culture and Digital Literacy. Digital image. Jeannette's Ponderings. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.
News, CBC. "9 Questions about Idle No More." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 05 Jan. 2013. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.
Villason, Clee. Philippines Dancing Inmates. Digital image. CEBUASIA.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.