2 The Glow Media committee's use of the digital, and the media discourse:

As clarified earlier, GLOW uses media to drive home GLOW's messages, values, and goals for and about GLOW by the members networking with ones another, researching extensively their subject matter, and eventually producing media programs such as documentaries and short movies. These programs are meant to teach, and inform its audience of how to be civically engaged while making sure public dialogue is maintained by asking for public opinion during and after the creation of the documentaries. But what sorts of digital mechanism i.e. starting from as basic as searching the internet to as significant as using editing software, does the GLOW media committee use and apply, and for what purposes?

Web-presence, agency, and persuasion: The media committee has a limited web-presence since the club of which it is affiliated with (GLOW) does not own a web-site, and depends solely of its facebook group: "GLOW...Beyond Development ". The group itself is very active, on which the media committee publishes links to its work. There is a privilege in the documentaries being published on the group, for once they are, they immediately are placed within a context that already promotes them i.e. the GLOW group, with several group members marketing their purpose, and importance to watch. The committee, in a way is begging the question, and receiving/having additional and helpful agency to spread its word and work. Having more support, and ability to publish its work on the facebook group, the media committee's work becomes more persuasive as it integrates with GLOW's other committees, members on the group, and even mission and values. The documentaries and short stories are also uploaded on youtube, but not under a channel, but under the head's own personal profile. To view GLOW's documentaries and short movies, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/hakef89

Digital mediums, the Internet, and digital software: Apart from the media committee's use of facebook and youtube, the media committee in GLOW reaches out for the internet and the digital realm in other ways. The Research and Material's committee in GLOW definitely utilizes as many search engines as possible, and mainly researches for other videos that might help them progress to the creation and production stages. After the documentaries or short movies are shot, they go through the editing stage in which editing software are used such as Adobe premier, Adobe aftereffects, Adobe sound booth, and Sony Vegas. The GLOW committee respects copyrighted material, and only uses original software. Another creative software that another GlOW committee uses is Prezi which allows for the creation of dynamic presentations. GLOW used this site to create a series of online newsletters. These can be found at: http://prezi.com/7nivxu-ettkh/glows-2nd-newsletter/

Change in Glow, Change on the Internet: Respecting copyrights: Glow is responsible for the making of a documentary about political, social, and civil change in Egypt. According to Akef, "We wanted to make a documentary about the history Egypt, but we resorted to [the documentary] change because we found it to be more motivating for people. The whole goal for it is to mobile people to love Egypt, to be civically engaged and socially responsible."(Akef). Is GLOW socially responsible about abiding by the copyrights law?
The Harvard article "Youth, Creativity and Copyright in the Digital Age," discusses the results of a study that measure 12-22 youth's respect for copyright, or copyright material, and in large the copyright law (Palfrey 79). The results show that youth resort to unlawful behavior because they do not understand the restrictions of the copyright law, but suggests that if youth are educated about the law, and are given the opportunity to add to "cultural knowledge", they will understand the policies that govern their society (Palfrey 79). This raises the question of un-authoritative knowledge-making in which almost anyone can be a "creator" of knowledge. This is the case with GLOW's media committee as one of its sub-committee's works to create music material for its own, thus recognizing the effort and credit that goes to the author's work. The media committee abides my more copyrights rules than just music. For instance, the members make sure they are using rightful software, in a legal manner; they use the trail versions of the software, and strive to have a sponsorship deal with adobe. They make sure to give credits to whoever or whatever the borrowed work belongs to. They do not use peer-to-peer downloading, or any music that is unlawfully downloaded, but buy original CD's for music.

The role of exigency in GLOW's media committee: The media committee believes its role to communicate is important, especially to serve the goals of the club (GLOW). Akef mentions, "The rule applies to the whole club. They communicate based on a certain vision. We have certain goals, values we want to want to spread across, especially because we have media venues, and media networks, it is different."(Akef) In other words, Akef credits communication more to her committee because it is media-based, and the clubs goals such as communication and dissemination of knowledge are more centralized.
In a book review of the book Communication Activism, the definition of the term suggests that persons, later referring to professors especially, should take a role in being active, and express and disseminate this role the way they can. (Pezzullo E1-E6). It highlights undertaking of communication activism in scholarship, and scholarship research, and expresses that professors must conduct more communication research that "enacts social change"(Pezzullo E1-E6). Certainly, if professors take on this type of activism, more student will find more interest in engaging more in their communities, and in a sense, communicating with it by their activity.

Freedom of speech: When asked if the GLOW's media committee practice of freedom of speech extensively, Aked responded: "With to some extent…When we're brainstorming for documentaries, we say we want to talk about so and so and so and so. We sometimes rule out certain options because we feel it might be controversial. Maybe, it is not taboo to talk about them, but we rule it out because it would fuzz out on what the documentary is really about. We try to avoid controversial issues." In the documentary about change, the committee didn’t go in depth about Nasser or Sadat to avoid people debating about the correctness the information. In the documentary about Palestine, made for AUCians for Gaza, all the information was fact-checked, and made as clear as possible. Akef also noted that if their documentaries air, the committee would have to make sure it is abiding by country policies that govern freedom of speech and expression.

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