Realities Of Social Shadowboxing In The Digital World

Does this sound familiar?

You post an opinion on your favourite social network and the result is a flood of aggressive replies that proceed to get out of hand. Suddenly, your initial point is lost and you’ve wasted hours, even days, arguing with a stranger who was never going to change their mind. Alternatively, maybe you were the person who replied in a blind rage.

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The Polarizing Democracy of Social Media

Not long ago, social networks were a fun but somewhat inconsequential place—a digital playground to share ramen photos and connect with friends over cat memes. Then, it evolved into a springboard for democracy, helping usher in movements like Occupy Wall Street. Recently, social media has emerged as an insidious danger, a tool to divide and conquer democracy.

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The Last Jedi: Leadership in the Jedi Ashes

Warning: Spoilers below….

There’s been no greater pop culture milestone than the Star Wars franchise. Starting in 1977, Star Wars has revolutionized filmmaking and genre, creating avenues of licensing and merchandising that has never been rivalled (Star Wars lipstick is a thing).

The most recent installation, The Last Jedi, has gone a step further than just inspiring people to fight with broomsticks or squawking like a Porg from Ahch-To. It has done something that the previous eight films, animated TV Oseries and countless books and comics have failed to do. It has made fans re-evaluate the characters that have lived in their hearts and imaginations since the first crawl appeared on screen.

I know what you’re thinking. There have already been a million articles dissecting The Last Jedi so why write another. Well, like most, The Last Jedi got me thinking but not about plot or character arcs. My fandom has been consumed by how this movie reconceptualised the idea of leadership.

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Latest iPhone Threatens To Slow Down Mobile Payment Adoption

There has been tons of hype and buzz regarding Apple’s iPhone 8 which is expected to be showcased to the world on September 12th at the newly minted Steve Jobs Theater.

Some of newest features which have grabbed the public’s attention have been an all-screen OLED screen, removal of the iconic Home button, wireless battery charging, and a new system-on-a-chip. While most consumers will view the removal of the home button as a necessary step towards slimming the form factor of mobile device even further, it’s important to look at how this decision can impede the adoption rate of mobile payments moving forward.

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Elevate Toronto Will Be a Game-Changer For City’s Tech Industry

View of Toronto City Hall

You may have noticed that Toronto is solidifying its place as a North American tech hub. The Atlantic recently published a piece on how Toronto is more than happy to bring Silicon Valley employees and prospective tech talent up north. Meanwhile, in June, Tech Crunch reported on how the city is likely to become the next great producer of tech startups. The recently announced Elevate Toronto festival in September I think will only further Toronto’s status as a tech capital.
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Jonmichael Moy: Canada is the new Wild West for technology

Image showing sign board of Toronto, Canada

Canada’s rich history of technical innovation dates back to the 1970s, when Nortel Communications began shifting its focus to digital technologies, and later gave way to Bell Canada Enterprise after multiple iterations of telecom deregulation. Research in Motion, which was founded in 1984, also had a significant impact on cellular phone technology with its messaging service and BlackBerry devices.

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