Sudbury photo blogger aims to highlight need for cycling infrastructure – Sudbury – CBC News

Sudbury photo blogger, Matt Alexander, is using photo manipulation and social media to highlight the lack of cycling infrastructure within this Northern Ontario city of  over 160,000. Mass Media constructs reality and contains values, beliefs and ideologies. By presenting  over a hundred images of cyclists with their bicycles removed Alexander hopes to use humour and  strong visual images to create a dialogue about the lack of infrastructure for this mode of transportation in the city of  Sudbury. 

Statistics  indicate a low use of bikes by workers in the city, but then lack of infrastructure impedes or restricts their efficiency.  No mention is made in the online  article of students in either  post secondary  institutions or youth.

Click the above  images to visit Invisible Bike Lanes of Sudbury. Check the link below to listen to the full Radio interview on Morning North.


Source: Sudbury photo blogger aims to highlight need for cycling infrastructure – Sudbury – CBC News


The Economics of Pratfalls

The Slapstick Linguist explored the both the codes and conventions and the values, beliefs & ideologies of the slapstick genre in cinema through visual culture. It evaluated the language usage and meaning in the lingo, signposts and slang of the slapstick genre; a genre usually discussed in non-linguistic terms because of their highly visual style and stereo typically silent form.
In the Economics of Pratfalls the blogger looks at the connection of the slapstick & screwball comedy genres to the development of age of mass production in the early 20th century and failure of that economic driver during the 1930s.


Slapstick, like Noir, is a film genre tethered to the industrialized modern world. The most famous jokes involve enormous buildings (Harry Lloyd), coal-powered trains (Buster Keaton), unforgiving factories/nations (Charlie Chaplin), etc. There is further evidence of this link throughout the 20’s and 30’s in Hal Roach productions, early Capra, and on and on. Those of you following along at home can perform a pratfall as such:

What is it? It’s a wide shot, confirmed by Chaplin and Keaton. Why? Because we have to see the entire fall, the whole fall, uninterrupted, uncorrupted, unadulterated. It is a beautiful thing and therefore can speak for itself.

But as sound enters into films – 29-ish – the pratfall begins to obscure and fragment, as though filmmakers (except Hitchcock) have forgotten how to use them. We see by end of the twentieth century they have all but disappeared from movie houses.

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Perfect Context With These Ideas

I was going through the WordPress Blog Reader, checking out recent posts, when I happened upon this listing, Your Wedding Can Be Perfect With These Ideas . The Reader features a linked title, opening paragraph and a featured image. This what I saw:

Wedding Suggestions

They say a picture is worth “lots of words” – it also depends on context. If you click the link above to read the full post, you will see that the featured image makes perfect sense within the context of the actual post, layout and related text. However, the automatically generated Reader posting alters the text & image layout, creating a very different context.

The basic Principles of Mass Media apply to the Reader. The context of the text & image constructs a reality, conveying intended and unintended messages. While the situation that arose with the wedding planning post is rare & humorous, bloggers should keep in mind that their featured images might change context when they show up in the Reader. I will be curious to see how this post appears in the Reader.

Now any suggested wedding planning tips ? ……..

“Don’t place the bassinet before the proposal”, as grandmother would say.

Update: By the time I made this post  the blog that I referenced had disappeared. Now that is strange.