Indigenous Peoples, Representation and Resistance
The graffiti wall is an ongoing exercise in online sharing and discussion. The assignment encourages you to think about the relationship between the course content and your own everyday experience. At least 3 times during each semester you are expected to contribute a post with a link and a short review (no more than 3 paragraphs) of a website, photograph, twitter feed, video clip, news story, art project, or any other online resource. In your review, please discuss how the link you have selected relates to one of the assigned readings or lectures for that particular week.
Are the three paragraphs clear, concise and well structured?
Does the link discussed relate to the course content for that week?
Is evidence of this connection provided?
Does the post raise an interesting question or insight pertinent to a topic covered in the course?
AN EXAMPLE IS THIS: AND THIS IS JUST A RANDOM EXAMPLE DO NOT USE THE TOPIC OF THIS ! ITS JUST TO SHOW US/ YOU HOW TO CONSTRUCT IT.
1 MORE THING: the source has to be of a website, photograph, twitter feed, video clip, news story, art project, or any other online resource.
Below is the example: DO not use this topic or relate it to this its just a formate topic is stated in the topic section. Thank you
Have you ever had the itch to travel to another city, town, country, or continent? With Google Map’s Street View Application, users can virtually travel to another destination with the simple click of a button. Online applications like Google Street View raise questions about the future of tourism: What if the œtourist gaze (Urry, 1990) can be achieved in the comfort and familiarity of your own home? With the advent of online, virtual tourism, one cannot help but wonder where to from here? What if I said that today you could get up close and personal with a polar bear, in real time, without changing out of your pyjamas? With the introduction of the Churchill Polar Bear Cam, getting acquainted with Canada’s polar bear population is easier than ever before. No need to book a plane ticket or pack your snowshoes, because this Arctic adventure relies solely on the accessibility of a computer and an Internet connection.
I learned about the Churchill Polar Bear Cam from a CBC News broadcast. Here is a link to the story:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/churchill-polar-bear-cam-shares-amazing-live-footage-1.2428473. The initiative was spearheaded by the Polar Bear International Conservation Group in conjunction with its partners Frontier North Adventures and explore.org. The Polar Bear Cams are intended to serve as œwindows into the lives of the 900 bears that congregate at Cape Churchill on the Western Hudson Bay every October and November (CBC News). While the initiative began by providing viewers with pictures of polar bears in their habitat, it has evolved into a 24 hour live stream. Founder Krista Wright suggests that, œnot very many people will have the opportunity to ever go see a polar bear in the wild (CBC News). For this reason, Polar Bear International has opted to bring polar bears to their users through their online live feed. Four cameras situated in polar bear habitats follow the bears as they eat, play, sleep, hunt and explore. Like tourists, who photograph the people and places they encounter on their travels, explore.org provides a camera tool and screen shot function that enables users to take snapshots of a polar bear.
The constant gaze of live cams on Churchill’s polar bear population demonstrates the ways in which online applications enable virtual tourism to take place, thereby shifting the tourist gaze from in-person to online (Urry, 1990). While online applications may still encourage users to visit tourist destinations, much of what can be seen is also now accessible online. The rise of œvirtual tourism, as exemplified by the Polar Bear cams, stands to greatly influence the way tourists experience foreign peoples, places, cultures and wildlife. This use of Polar Bear cams to promote online tourism begs the following questions: Do virtual tourism initiatives like this help protect the habitat of endangered animals? What will the tourism landscape look like in ten, twenty or even thirty years from now? Will passports still be consequential or will an Internet connection become the only prerequisite for travel?
Here is a link to one of the polar bear cams: