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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

 

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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!

 

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)

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

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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Next Meeting 1/27: Religion’s Place in America

25 Jan

We’re looking forward to seeing the Underground come out for our first meeting of the semester.  The start things out right, we thought we’d bring up something a little more controversial than normal: the role of religion in American society. Continue reading

Meeting 12/2: Wikileaks and You!

2 Dec

Tonight we will be talking about the controversy that surrounds the organization Wikileaks.  Wikileaks is a news media site that publishes material with often hidden or confidential information that anonymous sources leave in their electronic “drop-box.”  Wikileaks writes a piece summarizing the information and its implications with the original documents so that readers can analyze the content for themselves.

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Next Meeting 12/2: Wikileaks

1 Dec

Okay, these topic posts are getting later and later.  Sorry about that, but things are getting busy at the end of the semester and Brittany the prez is having difficulty finding time for her blogging duties.

But this week’s topic is about the pros and cons of the organization and purpose of Wikileaks.

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ELECTIONS

30 Nov

Elections for the Media Underground are this week!  Sorry this is late notice, frankly, we didn’t realize that next week is the last week of the semester.  Positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  If you want to run, email either bweiss89@ufl.edu or themediaunderground@gmail.com before the meeting on Thursday.  If you have any questions on duties or responsibilities of positions, feel free to comment on this post or email those addresses above.  Good luck to everyone running.

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