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Taking Old Town Road to School

Little Nas X’ Old Town Road holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard chart. Children know the song, can sing it and dance to it. It has morphed into multiple music videos, gathering guest artists along the way. Why not find a way for the juggernaut to support …

Having Fun With Book Culture

I attended the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC and had an opportunity to visit the expansive—REALLY expansive—exhibits. You might expect most exhibitors to be promoting books, and most of them were. What interested me was add-ons, or ways that people were extending the pleasures of book culture. This …

Unhealthy Metaphors

by Neil Andersen In Metaphors We Live By, cognitive linguist George Lakoff explains that most of our language is metaphorical. This is especially true when we are discussing abstract ideas rather than concrete ideas. Concretely, we can say that someone is shovelling manure when in a barn, but abstractly, we …

The Right Side of History

In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s long list of ethical missteps, among them failing to protect users’ private information from hacks and for selling users’ data without consent. The first is an example of …

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Neil Andersen and Diana Maliszewski This is the saga of a song. The melody and lyrics have remained intact, yet its long list of performers and audiences have profoundly changed its experience and perception. At first considered ‘cute,’ and even subversive or liberating, it has become contentious—even toxic—among some …

Podcasts: Canadaland

https://www.canadalandshow.com/ Canadaland is a Toronto-based podcast created by Jesse Brown, a journalist who is pioneering the next evolution of Canadian journalism by living it. Mr. Brown’s greatest claim to fame is that he broke the Jian-Ghomeshi-violent-sex story with the Toronto Star, but his journalism and achievements extend beyond that.

Podcasts: Here’s the Thing

If you are interested in podcast listening, it is almost impossible not to find some to your liking. By happy chance, I learned of Here’s The Thing, a WNYC podcast hosted by Alec Baldwin. I had known of Baldwin as actor, Oscar host and Trump impersonator. What I discovered was …

Critical Thinking: Solution or Problem?

Recent populist political victories have caused pundits to wonder if public education has failed and democracy is at risk. Some wonder, “How can people who are openly racist, sexist, xenophobic and vulgar get elected in democracies that pride themselves on their voters’ education?” danah boyd wonders if education—and specifically media …

Things to Know About Rulers

by Neil Andersen, Diana Maliszewski and Nina Silver In an early episode of The Crown, a young Queen Elizabeth is frustrated because she feels that she is not being taken seriously, both for being young and a woman. She is counselled to upbraid her Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—to admonish him …