Meeting 4/7: Copyright in the Digital Age

7 Apr

MU has been accused of copyright infringement! Oh no!!! But have we committed copyright infringement, or are we in the clear? Today we will go over the issue of copyrights in the digital age.

What is Copyright?

Stanford Copyright Info

Disney and Copyright

When Copyright goes bad

Copying isn’t theft

Remixing

 

Creative Commons

Fan Fiction:

FanFiction.net

 

Next Meeting 4/7: Copyright in the Digital Age

5 Apr

Hey Undergrounders! Time to finally reunite for another meeting. And with some recent complaints about “copyright” plaguing our humble club, we figured that discussing the nature of copyright and the internet was a good topic to cover.

This is a long article, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the topic, it’s pretty good.

The Challenge of Copyright in the Digital Age

Already a lot of people have told us that they won’t be able to attend, so we expect a low attendance tonight. But the discussion should be really interesting, so please come out and invite your friends. See you there!

 

After spring break…another break!

15 Mar

Hey guys, did you have a relaxing spring break? Wish it was a little longer? Well, with the Media Underground, it can be!

We’ll be cancelling this week’s meeting. So, enjoy the extra-extra long break!

Meeting 2/24: Guns on College Campuses

24 Feb

Legislation is in the works to make it legal to carry a weapon on college campuses as long as one has a concealed weapons permit. Especially after campus shootings, such as the tragic events at Virginia Tech, renewed fervor of those who think that students could use their own concealed guns to defend themselves against attackers. Continue reading

Next Meeting 2/24: Campus Gun-Slingers

22 Feb

Last meeting before spring break so we’ll make it something very relevant to UF students. Legislation is in the works to make it legal for people with weapon permits to carry firearms on college campuses in a few states (Florida included). This week’s article is specifically about the state of Texas and this legislation.

Texas Poised to Pass Bill Allowing Guns on Campus

See you guys Thursday, same time, same room (7:30pm in MAT116)

Egyptian president resigns

13 Feb

Friday Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, resigned as president. It’s amazing to watch how an idea can form from internet discourses to set in motion such life-altering events. To know that when people care and are willing to protest and die for a cause, their voices can be heard and their will be done, it’s truly inspiring.

More detailed piece on Mubarak’s resignation here.

Meeting 2/10: Redefining Rape

10 Feb

Sorry the article for this week’s discussion wasn’t posted on wordpress.  If you’re on our listserv you probably got the article, but for those who didn’t, here it is: Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers’.

This topic goes along with Republican proposed legislation (which was quickly denounced) that would redefine abortions or healthcare provided to rape victims to only be used for “forcible rape” victims.  The theory of the bill is that many Americans are against government funding (aka their tax dollars) of any kind. To help stop government overspending, it was proposed to redefine rape so as to limit what kinds of abortions the government would cover. However, making the term “forcible rape” implies that there is a type of rape that isn’t forcible. When that didn’t fly, in Georgia they are proposing to relabel rape victims as “accusers.” A very slippery slope. Continue reading

How To Appear Smart

3 Feb

Keeping up with news and pop culture is hard. Why would I want to read and think when it could just seem like I read and think! Here’s an amusing look at how to look “well-informed” to the untrained eye…

http://www.squidoo.com/appearwellinformed

Little girl breaks down the Egypt situation

1 Feb

Don’t understand why everyone’s in a tizzy in Egypt? Let Juju tell you about it…

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Meeting 1/27: Religion’s Role in America

27 Jan

Religion has always, to some extent, played a role in America society. While there is a “separation of church and state,” religion and religious views have always influenced politics, people, media, and culture. Different groups, specifically the religious right and secular left, are claiming that America is growing more religious or more atheist. These groups, in response to these perceived threats to their beliefs and values, are advocating harder and more fiercely their beliefs and calling for politicians and people push policies through Congress that will help to create the “America” they want to live in. But what kind of America is that? Should religious/atheist factions be allowed to dictate what policies or laws everyone must live by? Is America under threat of becoming too religious or too secular? Is that even an issue if it’s true?

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