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Social media through the generations

Social Media Through The Generations

The Idea

The Findings

The Themes

The idea

The Idea

  • We decided to interview seven members of our families, ranging in age from 10-70, regarding their thoughts on social media.

Interesting findings

Interesting Findings

  • All ages seemed to believe strongly that social media would be mainly a distraction in schools.

  • The military veteran believes that it would “interfere with classroom activities.”

  • The engineer believes that social media is more of a “sharing of ideas/opinions- as opposed to-a learning experience.”

  • These opinions suggest a very different idea of learning and of schooling than (we hope) exists in our school (or at least in our classrooms).



●Most of our subjects place the responsibility for the control of social media in the hands of institutions like the government, the educational system, and the police.

●The one exception is the RCMP officer who sees it as more of an individual responsibility.



  • Even the younger interviewees understand that social media can be used to create different profiles for different purposes.

  • The feeling is that social media should not be in schools yet (“perhaps in the future..”), with the exception of the retired elementary school teacher, who believes that, under the teacher’s guidance and control, it could be a beneficial tool.

  • Many of the interviewees saw the destructive power of this media.

For the love of god do something

“For the love of God, do something…”

Social Media & The Case Of

Rehtaeh Parsons

Social media through the generations

-Rehtaeh Parsons

September 26th, 2011

The facts

The Facts

  • November, 2011

    • Saturday, November 12th

    • Thursday, November 17th

    • Friday, November 18th

    • Saturday, November 19th

    • Monday, November 21st

    • Tuesday, November 22nd

The facts1

The Facts

  • Winter of 2012

    • January 12th

    • February 2nd

    • March/April

  • Fall of 2012

    • September 1st

The facts2

The Facts

  • Winter of 2013

    • January 11th

    • Feb. 2nd

  • Spring of 2013

    • April 4th

    • April 7th

After rehtaeh s death

After Rehtaeh’s Death

  • Spring/Summer 2013

    • April 9th

    • April 10th

    • April 11th

    • April 12th

    • April 17th

Social media through the generations

“They say parents need to teach their children. Instead, it was Rehtaeh who was my teacher. My precious gift. She was the absolute best part of my life.”

“There’s a wooden box in my house that holds all the memories I have of my beautiful little girl. The outfit she wore home from the hospital, a hand print in clay, art, school cards and drawings, mementoes of her life. Even a newspaper dated December 9th, 1995, the day she came into this world. I tried to keep it all for her, to have someday when she grew up and had her own family. That day will never come…yesterday I looked at another wooden box. It will hold her ashes.”

“To the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia…why is it they didn’t just think they would get away with it; they knew they would get away with it. They took photos of it. They posted it on their Facebook walls. They emailed it to God knows who. They shared it with the world as if it was a funny animation...

how is it possible for someone to leave a digital trail like that yet the RCMP don’t have evidence of a crime…my daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police…for the love of God do something.”

-Glenn Canning, April 10th/13

Social media through the generations

After rehtaeh s death1

After Rehtaeh’s Death

  • Spring/Summer 2013

    • April 18th

    • April 23rd

    • April 25th

After rehtaeh s death2

After Rehtaeh’s Death

  • Spring/Summer 2013

    • May 4th

    • June 8th

    • June 17th

    • ???

Feminist lens

Feminist Lens

Key questions to ask when reading any cultural text from a Feminist point of view:

1. What does the work reveal about the operations of patriarchy? How are women portrayed? How do these portrayals relate to gender issues of the period in which the novel was written or is set?

2. What does the work suggest about the ways in which race, class, and/or other cultural factors intersect with gender in producing women’s experience?

3. How does the work define femininity and masculinity? Do the characters always conform to their assigned genders?

4. What does the work imply about the possibilities of sisterhood as a means of resisting patriarchy?

5. How was the work received by the public and by the critics? What does this tell us about the operations of patriarchy?

6. What role does the work play in terms of women’s literary history and tradition?

People magazine article feminist lens

People Magazine Article: Feminist Lens

“…it showed a male student pressed against her naked body in a sexual act, the boy flipping a thumbs-up as Rehtaeh vomited out a window. Returning home, Rehtaeh collapsed on the kitchen floor and, between sobs, told her mother and a cousin, “Everybody knows…I can’t go back to school…I want to die.”

“…at school the kids called her “slut.” Boys she didn’t even know began texting her, asking to have sex; nearly all of her female friends cut her off.”

“…when she’d spot one of her attackers, “she would have panic attacks (and) she would have problems breathing.” She also smoked a lot of dope.”



Pepler, D., & Milton, P. Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Education. (2013). External review of the halifax regional school board's support of rehtaeh parsons: Final report. Retrieved from website: Review of HRSB Final.pdf

Smolowe, J. & Rayford, J. (2013, July 15). Shamed into suicide. People Magazine, 80(3), 66-69.

The Chronicle Herald. (2013, July 21). Content about rehtaeh parsons. Retrieved from Parsons

Tyson, L. (2006). Critical theory today: A user-friendly guide. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

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