As discussed earlier in class, the Instagram community guidelines are bizarre in the sense that they prioritize some images over others. There is no mention of violence, for example, but they would immediately censor sexual content. However, body parts can be shown in certain context like educational, marketing, or if it is beneficial for the community.

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This last point made me think about the #loveyourlines Instagram page. The account has more than 106K followers and is a true inspiration for women all over the world who lives with stretch marks. When I think about the accounts where breastfeeding or even breast cancer survivors images gets shut down, I think about this page. The photos can sometimes be very graphic, but it is in no way sexual. It is to show real women, real bodies and spread self-love to others.

How can Instagram even think of shutting down this page? It is not even an option. Photos are being sent from very different kinds of women, from all ages, but they all share this one thing, and I think it is what makes it special.


Virtual Reality – Bodies & Spaces

Hi Everyone,

I know this is a little bit late, but I thought I would post this trailer for the movie – Life 2.0, which is a documentary that looks at a series of individuals who are avid users of the virtual world, Second Life. After the presentation on ‘Mapping’ presented on January 28, we shortly discussed what we considered to be the pros and cons of Second Life and virtual world practices. As a result, I thought I would share this trailer with the class because it provides an interesting perspective on the way in which bodies interact with space, both in the physical and virtual worlds. If you are interested I would advise checking out the full movie if you have a chance

Blog Post 1: About Me

My name is Frédérique Rajotte, I was born in Quebec but moved to Markham, Ontario when I was younger. I am part of the Stingers Women’s Rugby Team here at Concordia. I took two years off of University to play with the Senior Women’s National 7’s Rugby Team in Victoria BC.


My parents and I after winning against the US in the Nations Cup Finals in England

I spend most of my time at rugby practice, in the gym or catching up on my precious sleep. I am currently training for a 15’s Rugby Canada camp so my schedule consists of training 6 times a week. However I’m not just a typical “jock”, when I do have leisure time I spend it reading, cooking or hanging out with my friends/family.

My goal for this class is to be fully engaged and participate in the lectures. I want to keep an open mind to this new and exciting material and be immersed in the types of spaces we will be discussing.

My favorite space is (the room below) at my cottage in Val-David. The room is made up of high vaulted ceilings and large windows that overlook the forest and our lake. This room has a special aura and whenever I enter the space I feel at ease. This room is where many family gatherings have taken place and I believe that it is for that reason that the space brings me such comfort and reassurance. All my senses are activated when I am in this room, the smell of fresh pine, the taste of home cooked meals, the wind blowing through the trees and the beautiful light reflecting through the windows. I am usually sitting on the couch overlooking the gorgeous scenery and reading a book with a cup of tea.


The five things that faculty do that make learning hard are the following

  1. Lack of accessibility from faculty members
  2. Not explaining in full detail the assignments/projects
  3. Not enough constructive feedback when giving back assignments
  4. Barely any support for student athletes
  5. Not being “creative” when giving lectures ex: just reading from slides

The five things that faculty do that make for a better learning environment:

  1. Projects/assignments are interactive and unique
  2. All lectures compliment each other in a chronological way
  3. Giving effective feedback on drafts/proposals
  4. Engaging with students during lectures
  5. Using different methods of teaching, i.e. bringing a guest speaker

Blog Post #1

Hello! My name is Ana Patricia Bourgeois and I am currently doing a specialization in Communications Studies. I’m a music lover and a bookworm. Through my Latino roots, I enjoy dancing and simply live life. My interests are travelling, writing and modelling. I spend most of my time studying, working and sleeping.

My selfie consists of an image of myself modified for the purpose of one of my project in COMS. More specifically, for Visual Coms and Culture. This was for the ”self-portrait” assignment where we needed to represent one of the main theme of the class. In this case, ”advertising and consumers culture”.


My goal for this class is to learn how to be aware of other people perspective of the spaces, and at the same time, expand my creativity to see a space differently while being conscious of my body.

One of my favorite spaces would be my grandparents’ summer lake house in Alburgh, Vermont. The lake house is located right beside the Champlain Lake. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, a close patio where we eat, and a large outdoor patio where we sunbath. However, the best part is that they own a boat and a sea-doo. For this reason, I use my body in a way I would not normally use. I move around a lot; swimming, playing Frisbee on the beach, driving the sea-doo, etc. Doing all those things takes my mind elsewhere far from all the stress of school and the ”routine” cycle which is why I find it peaceful and relaxing. Plus, it’s summer!!!!! (My favorite season).

The five things faculty do that make learning hard is:

– Not giving students the right amount of assistance to develop their writing skills

– Not having the proper facilities and accommodations (e.g. lack of printers, computers, tables in CJ)

– When teachers don’t give proper feedback for a paper and don’t respond to emails

– When teachers assume that students have prior knowledge of everything

– When teachers don’t give the opportunity for students to discuss/ask questions

On the other hand, the five things faculty do that make it easy to learn is:

– When teachers explain clearly, are well prepared and uses examples

– When teachers are dynamic, enthusiastic, approachable and seems to enjoy teaching

– When teachers are fair in their method of evaluation

– When teachers are master of their subject and don’t need to read a powerpoint every class

– When teachers give the opportunity for student to be creative in their work