AHA MEDIA is very honored to be featured in “With Glowing Hearts” the movie directed by Andrew Lavigne and produced by Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films

more about “With Glowing Hearts“, posted with vodpod

 

 

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A Social Media revolution has been brewing for the past five years on websites from FaceBook, to Wikipedia, to Flickr, and as it spreads throughout the Internet and into popular culture through an increasing number of portals, it is creating a new sense of community and empowerment amongst those who have embraced it.

History has shown that poor and marginalized communities stand to gain the most from leaps forward in the democratization of information, so the excitement in areas like Vancouver’s maligned Downtown Eastside about the possibilities of Web 2.0 and beyond is palpable.

With the Winter Olympics less than a year away, billions have been spent in preparations and many poverty advocates are concerned about how the city’s several thousand homeless and working poor will fit into the equation as Vancouver puts on its best face for the world.

Against this background the film examines Social Media in action as a group named Fearless City embarks on a campaign to empower and protect its neighbours with cellphones, video-streaming, and the World Wide Web.

With great thanks to both our mentors, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy for a wonderful movie trailer! :)

Thanks to all our friends and our colleagues in the film ” With Glowing Hearts” :)

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  1. August 11, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Canwest and Bell Globemedia, two companies that own an overwhelming number of newspapers and television companies in Western Canada are Olympic partners and suppliers, which means they are official Olympic boosters.

    It is these companies that created the hype in the early years, and they did so using tax dollars when you consider they are now well paid by the IOC and VANOC to tell the Olympic side of the Olympic story.

    If you truly want results you also have to put pressure on the local mainstream news companies that initially drove the hype and frenzy, and who still keep it ramped up to a feverish pitch. It’s not ethical to pick and choose who you criticize or support based on whether they can give you media exposure.

    If you really want results, you have no choice but to call Olympic sponsors to task and pressure companies like Coca Cola, McDonalds, Rona, RBC, and The Vancouver Sun to put their money where their mouth is. It’s time for Olympic sponsors to pay their fair share. NBC boasts they broadcast to 4 billion people at each Summer Games, and to 3 billion at each Winter Games.

    Olympic sponsors make huge profit while marginalized people in the DTES get turfed from their homes, and millions of others in our community get stuck with HST – Harmonized Sales Tax that should really be called OST, Olympic Sales Tax.

    Talk their language – money. It’s all they understand.

    And while you’re at it, go to Olympic Athlete websites and ask them what they think about the atrocities perpetrated in the name of Olympic spirit. Many of them have websites and some of them even Twitter. Remind them that bad publicity negatively impacts gold medal endorsements and that they can’t afford to continue to look the other way. When people are dieing in Vancouver streets in the shadow of the Olympics no one is off limits.

    Most people don’t realize the Olympics is primarily an American enterprise with mostly American Sponsors, so start with American athletes to see what they think about having their gold medal endorsements devalued. I’m betting you’ll have their full attention, and if you play it right their support too.

  2. February 4, 2010 at 4:28 am

    I just needed to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

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