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- ItemPerceptions of dairy farms on the environment: a content analysis of comments on TikTok(2023) Ostapovich, Sarah; Symbaluk, DianeThis study examined the public perceptions of dairy farms on the environment by examining comments to a TikTok video, which presented a claim that the dairy industry has had a decrease in its environmental impact. A content analysis was conducted with initial and secondary evaluations, finding 5 broad categories which included positive and negative perceptions of the dairy industry, as well as a further 6 themes comprised of informative, clarification, blaming humans, veganism, critical, and education. The most common theme was informative, encompassing 38% of the relevant comments. The findings indicated proficient use of scientific research, and critical considerations of the video, and reflected the biases and influences found in social media and popular culture.
- ItemSharenting and exploitation: a content analysis of public reactions to the Wren Eleanor situation(2023) Stratman, Alyssa; Symbaluk, DianeThis study analyzed 50 responses to the viral case of Wren Eleanor to understand how people react to sharenting and related allegations of child exploitation. The sample consisted of positive and negative reactions (i.e., those supportive and those critical of Wren’s mother and her sharenting). Positive responses revealed themes of Victim, Opposition, Encouragement, Emotional Attachment and Involvement, or Advice, while negative themes emphasized Perpetrator, Exploitation, Fear, or Action. This study demonstrates that parasocial relationships and interactions may play a key role in how people react to sharenting and allegations of child exploitation.
- ItemSharenting and exploitation: a qualitative content analysis of public reactions to the Wren Eleanor situation(2022) Stratman, Alyssa; Symbaluk, DianeThis study analyzed responses to the viral sharenting case of Wren Eleanor to understand how people react to sharenting and related allegations of child exploitation. A sample of 50 comments was created by retrieving the first 25 comments displayed on two TikTok videos. The sample consisted of an equal number of positive reactions (i.e., those supportive of Wren’s mother and her sharenting) and negative reactions (i.e., those critical of Wren’s mother and her sharenting). The positive responses had five themes: Victim, Opposition, Encouragement, Emotional Attachment and Involvement, and Advice. The negative responses had four themes: Perpetrator, Exploitation, Fear, and Action. This study demonstrated that parasocial relationships and interactions potentially play a key role in how people react to sharenting and allegations of child exploitation.
- ItemThe entanglement of the 21st century(2022) Grahn, ShelbyOft forgotten poet and playwright Sir Walter Scott once wrote, “O, what a tangled web we weave…” (Marmion, 1808, 17). While Scott spoke of a tragic romance, in 2018, journalist Al Fonzi echoed these words in an incendiary New Times article accusing The Sierra Club, an “influential grassroots environmental organization”, of being influenced by Russia. Fonzi went on to endorse fracking as a cleaner way of obtaining fossil fuels, appealing to those concerned about climate change by remarking how America had reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation (Fonzi, 2018). He praised the industry’s benefit to the economy and its high starting wages. The article closes with a suggestion that those who would turn away from oil and gas are just being influenced to damage the American energy sector. Fonzi is assertive in his beliefs, even in the face of commenters who passionately disagree with his opinions and despite the available research concluding otherwise. How can someone, let alone a journalist, be so willfully ignorant? Does the sharing of these attitudes have any real effect on society? Subjectivism states that there is always a myriad of factors at play as to why anything is the way that it is. Fonzi is a product of all the things he has experienced and has been influenced by all of the labels he has worn. According to the brief biography following the article, Fonzi is a veteran, having served in both Vietnam and Iraq, with 35 years of military intelligence under his belt. From the comments, it is suggested that he is an advocate of Donald Trump. He is also a journalist, one of the most popular tools used in the sharing of dominant moral codes (Philipzig, 2022). The comments accompanying Fonzi’s article serve as a small example of the constant conflict occurring in society due to a sophisticated interplay of many different factors, which this paper will aim to explore as they apply to the current state of our world.
- ItemReliance on service integrated housing in Canada compared to Ukraine(2022) Durocher, ShaelynAs of 2019, nine percent of the world’s population was 65 or older. That is 703 million people who identify as senior members of society (United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 2019). This number will only continue to increase as the baby boom generation ages and as people live longer lives. This influx of seniors is aided by advances in medical technologies and reduced lifestyle risks, increasing overall health levels and decreasing the number of premature deaths. All this equates to severe issues for senior housing, as nations worldwide are faced with limited resources and funding. Seniors might traditionally turn to supportive housing to ensure their independence and overall comfort are maintained in their final years. Both formal and informal supports ease the burden of aging populations on families and governments. By formal support, this project refers to government assistance programs and solutions such as supportive housing initiatives, home care services, hospitals, or private housing institutions. The term Service Integrated Housing (SIH) is utilized within this project as an all-encompassing term for the various formal housing initiatives implemented as an institutional approach to senior care and housing. Defining informal support refers to cultural provisions such as multigenerational homes, social networks of family and friends, and community volunteers. Both forms of support (formal and informal) are important in maintaining a senior’s health and happiness when they need assistance with life’s daily activities. Within this research article, I will identify plausible causes for increased reliance on Service Integrated Housing in Canada compared to Ukraine through an exploration of cultural norms, reasons to seek support, and monetary spending.