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By: Ashley Plescia

In today’s society it can be appropriate to say that people are attached to their phones, to the extent that they take it to washrooms, sleep beside it and are constantly looking at it. Which is reasonable because of how access is available 24/7. When it comes to the target of this technology-obsessed trend, it seems like age has no limits. There are infants with the skills to use some applications, up to elderly. Of course, the majority of those most involved in the up to date trends of the Internet are young adults. One of the fastest trends that grew is Snapchat. “Snapchat is a mobile app which lets users share images or videos that disappear after a few seconds” (Gross). This application has affected media with much debate. Some refer to Snapchat as the “next instagram” while others refer to it as a new source for “sexting” (Gross). Snapchat’s founder has made it perfectly clear that the application is not for sexting (rivlin). As he has stated, Snapchat’s purpose is “used for banal selfies and “uglies”, videos of blokes drinking, and photos of food” (rivlin).

Snapchat founders, Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown, may be right that the majority of the photographs and videos sent are very G rated images of food or weird pictures. There cannot be a denial that inappropriate images are not being sent as well. If you were to give a phone to someone with permission to send whatever they want to someone with the promise that it will disappear in a mere seconds, there is still a large possibility that sexting will take place. Especially for situations when one wants to reveal something that they want private and not allow them to save. Snapchat does the same job as every other social media application without the risk of it coming back to you.

The overall results of sexting are moral and media panics. The moral panics for mostly youths are often a result of parental control being loss. The media creates panic by representing society in a negative outlook resulting “in power struggles over ideological values” (Draper 222). However, beyond just this application, the fact that sexting is such a common term in today’s society does cause concern.

As the course discussed the involvement of surveillance, self-surveillance and sousveillance in spaces, Snapchat does involve them. Surveillance can relate to the notion that society is survail what you do, and with recent news reports they expose the inner truths of Snapchat, revealing the site that promises disappearing images and complete security has been hacked more then twice, once revealing people’s accounts and images and another resulting in a way to get their received images back on their phone. As well as countless Tumblr accounts showcasing images of naked people who sent it through snapchat.”The right to sext is also about the right to demand that these images are kept private” (Hasinoff 163). Self-surveillance is the media etiquette that is socially created. By which one does or does not do something on this device even though this line is very thin. One determines themselves as what they want to reveal and share. Determining how far they want to push it. Snapchat is on the borderline of public/private spaces. It takes the public space by showcasing where you are and emerging the viewer into the space, however it is also used as a private space where it is intimate between two people. At least that is what they hope.

The overall purpose had good intensions, as a space to share the world around you with others, so that they may join the space and be with friends that aren’t physically with you. However, by allowing people to have complete control in what they send resulting in many photographs deemed inappropriate. The application has made improvements with updates that notify the person when someone takes a snapshot of your image through their phone.

Society defines images of nudity from sculptures and paintings as art; even naked images of people in biology books are defined as science. Then why is the concept of sending a nudity photograph through a device considered inappropriate and social unacceptable?





Draper, Nora R.a. “Is Your Teen at Risk? Discourses of Adolescent Sexting in United States Television News.” Journal of Children and Media (2011): 222. Print.

Gross, Doug. “Snapchat: Sexting Tool, or the next Instagram?” CNN. Cable News Network, 10 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <>.

Hasinoff, Amy A. “Should Teens Have the Right to Sext?” Ed. Charlene Elliott. Communication in Question: Competing Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies. Ed. Joshua Greenberg. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2012. 163. Print.

Rivlin, Jack. “There’s an Obvious Reason Why Young People Don’t Use Snapchat for Sexting – Telegraph Blogs.” The Telegraph. N.p., 6 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <>.


Bill C-51

Hello 🙂

This is an anti-bill campaign for C-51, about creating secret police to surveil citizens.  I thought this was an interesting video because it shows how media/technology influences society and the moral panic that is created. There are a few concepts to consider when watching I think: surveillance, minorities, policies and which bodies are included and excluded.



By: Ashley Plescia

Blog Post 2: Re-orientation Exercise

The Montreal Old Port’s history began as a settling location along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, where fur trading and harbor posts were built (“History”). It was the sight for many merchants in the late 18th century and later became one of the leading grain ports in the world (“History”). There is still a connection that links the Old Port to it’s history. It remains to be a shipping dock for companies, with it’s original cobble stones and horse drawn carriages (“History”). Many stores, although not the original stores, are still doing business in the same brick structures. In present-day Old Port, the government and Old Port of Montréal Corporation created a proposal to amplify the port’s leisure facilities, visitors and cultural establishments (“History”). The city works to preserve the original colonial mansions and churches (“History”). One of the classical features of the Port is the Clock Tower. Although I have never gone up, it would probably be an amazing sight of the entire harbor.

The Montreal Old Port greets six million travelers yearly (“History”). The landmarks encourages visiting through all seasons and hours. It produces many festivals and activities for all age groups and cultures. As discussed during the class lecture, bodies are not static or fixed, but they constantly adopt and change. Although time has passed for many centuries at the Old Port, it’s history of the space has still provided a functioning place for people to make a living, travel from far to see and just be apart of their own city. The space influences how bodies move around due to its small cobble streets, being near water and the buildings. As such, many of the places do remain unchanged because they are historical landmarks and therefore meant to be preserved. The streets do influence the direction bodies move if they are driving they can only go certain ways because the streets are often one way, or a horse is going so the speed changes. If they are walking they can go to different streets or backstreets where cars may not be able to go.

Upon doing research I discovered that the website for the Montreal Old Port creates a self-guided tour where people could walk around the Old Port while watching videos about the history of the place. It reminded me of Farman’s story of when he visited London, by listening to the history while experiencing the space it created a different experience then just being present in it (Farman 42). If you are curious this is the link:

The course focuses a lot on bodies that are included and excluded in a space. So one of the main reasons why I think the Old Port is great is because it is open to everyone. They all have the ability to shop, eat, visit exhibits/ churches and do activities without being denied access. Of course there is the issues that there are some things, such as activities or exhibits, that require money to observe and/or experience which could influence who does perform those tasks. As well as those who are traveling from other places that have to pay to get there. As well, people may feel excluded because the Old Port is a very catholic populated area, simply because that was the religion of the time commonly practiced and the churches do remain. So those who are not from the Catholic religion may not go inside the religion landmarks. Yet that is more of one own decision to not partake, it can still influence how they move around the space to avoid such structures. Another body of people that may feel excluded are people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs or walkers. It may be difficult for them to manoeuvre around with the cobble stones and some of the buildings do only have stairs. However the overall essence of the Old Port is that it is open to everyone equally.

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Farman, Jason. “Ch. 2 Mapping and Representations of Space.” Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media. London: Routledge, 2012. 42. Print.

“History of the Old Port.” Old Port of Montreal. The Old Port of Montréal Corporation Inc., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.

By: Ashley Plescia

What is Space?

Presenters: Dori Julian, Nick Frai, Ashley Plescia & Kamelia Dore

Lefebreves theories of space

Lefebvre’s theories of space

Henri Lefebvre provides three concepts of space; spatial practice (conceived space), representations of space (perceived space) and representational spaces (lived space). These three concepts provide a foundation for society to function. The most common form of space is spatial practice, which is the physical creation of a space. Examples of these can be buildings, parks, rivers, etc. It is a tangible space. The second form of space is the representations of space, which is the visual creations of space that are formulated by the mind. Examples of these can be maps, models, plans, etc. It is the mental space of the physical form. The third and most complicated form of space is representational spaces, which is the social space. Examples of these can be ideals, imagination, theory and visions, etc. The goal of this space is to reform a space, that is abandoned and mistreated, into something new, often for a social reason.



weather influences Dérive

weather influences Dérive

Dérive is an unplanned journey where the pilgrim withdraws from their life for a period to let the soul of the scenery and architecture entice and inspire them. Dérive is similar to art because factors such as weather (derive) and culture (art) have affects on it. As well, just like art it has become something that anyone can go on. It is subjective to the individual, for reasons such as the days vary in how long it takes to go on such a journey.

The SI (Situationist International) was an international organization whose goal was for social revolutionaries. It was composed of avant-garde artists, intellectuals, and political theorists. Guy Debord, the author of the reading “Theory of the Dérive and Definitions” was a member of this group and discussed the very notion of Dérive. At the beginning of their creation, it focused on the arts, especially redesigning the notion of art itself, such as unitary urbanism and psychogeography. It later shifted towards revolutionary and political theory. One of their spectacles: progressively increasing tendency towards the expression and mediation of social relations through objects (a unified critique of advanced capitalism). The SI aimed at putting Lefebvre’s three theories on space (conceived, perceived, and lived) into practice. They transformed urban space through altered, experimental use of the city, advancing the concept that society has the ability to create city space through bodily activities of dwelling and movement, and introducing case studies of sound and film art that aimed to expand the understanding of public space and sensations.

Still Life | Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte (1765)

Still Life | Henri-Horace Roland de la Porte (1765)

Still Life With Dralas | Marion Peck (2003)

Still Life With Dralas | Marion Peck (2003)

Two important terms to remember are Détournement and Situationism. Détournement is an artistic practice conceived by the Situationists for transforming artworks by creatively disfiguring them. Situationism is the theory that behavior is chiefly response to immediate situations. According to the Situationist International organization the two most important factors of détournement are the autonomous elements creating said piece, lose their autonomous meanings and there is an organization of another meaningful ensemble. Therefore in the end, Détournement is just a fancy word for remix. For the SI’s ideal society, everyone would be considered an artist. The idea of remixing and re using is appealing because there is always potential to reuse. Aside from art, this phenomenon has spread to music; through sampling and remixing, movies through remakes and recreations, and pretty much in all other aspects of life as well. With Lefebrve’s theores on space, we can easily transform any of the three forms of spaces and remix it into different art pieces, we are able to re appropriate spaces in order to achieve Detournement status.


  1. How would you define space?
  2. Do you feel remixed products are original art?
  3. Do you ever feel constrained within the routes laid-out for us by the city?

Post 1- About Myself

Hello my name is Ashley Plescia. I am 21 years old, I originated in this beautiful city of Montreal. My family is half Italian and English/ Irish. I went to Champlain College in Saint-Lambert for a three-year program to study Graphic Communications. I absolutely loved the program due to it’s hands on approach. I decided Communication Studies was a great extension to my learning. Now I am in the film 2 production course, and it has opened my eyes to new perspectives. I love learning theories on semiotics, visual practices and practical tools.

family photo_ashleyplescia

family photo_ashleyplescia

When I’m not occupied with work or doing homework for school, I love spending time with friends and watching movies.

Since my friends are very occupied with the same thing as me it is very hard to find a time that fits all our schedules but when that opportunity does arise it is amazing to catch up and just enjoy each other’s company. Film’s are one of the best ways for me to enjoy my relaxing time. I love disappearing in a film and have nothing to focus on. There is no greater feeling when you watch a movie and you can fall in love with the stories and connect to the people.
My goal for this class is to receive a new outlook on a space. It would be nice to get to know the environment of Montreal and discover new places around.

old port clock tower

old port clock tower


old port sidewalk

old port sidewalk

One of my favorite spaces in Montreal would be the Old Port. The place is covered with it’s historic and classic charms are designed with cobble stone streets filled with small cement buildings. The Old Port is filled with old historical monuments along the waterline. The history of the Old Port, the stories behind it. I love to just walk around the port and imagine what it must have been like to walk along those streets with those beautiful dresses, importing goods and just exploring nature. The buildings are large but the streets are tiny, when I occupy the space I feel confined yet freed. It can be experienced by everyone.

The five things that make learning more difficult are:

  1. receiving vague assignments. Although assignments are explained in class, when an assignment is difficult to understand because of it’s vague or unexplained description, it takes more work to figure out what we are suppose to be writing about which can cause me to feel unsure of my work.
  2. Not approving e-mail correspondence.
  3. Asking for word by word examples from text.
  4. When reading links don’t work and during class are unexplained and not mentioned in class.
  5. when office hours do not work with schedule.

The five things that make learning easier are:

  1. Visual examples and explanations
  2. Hands on experience (ex. field trips or hands on projects)
  3. guest speakers
  4. reviews before an assignment or test.
  5. allow own opinion the readings we read for homework.