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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 …

What is your emoji-name?

by Neil Andersen 🤐👁️🙏⌨️🏊👨‍🍳🎶🍫 Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and Web pages. (Wikipedia) Their uses are growing rapidly, especially in texting, to graphically represent ideas and emotions. There are hundreds of emojis, with more being added. What might students learn from researching and developing their own …

What’s in a (re)name?

This is a 3-part lesson: research, discussion/presentation; and creation. Students will research the political implications of a named building, statue or highway, discuss/present their results and conclusions, then propose and defend an alternative name. There are many reasons for naming buildings, universities and roadways. Often it is to honour someone …

In Defense of Taylor Swift

In his arraignment and conviction of Taylor Swift, Dan Ozzi slags her for releasing Look What You Made Me Do at a time when he thinks she should be using her significant fan influence to critique national politicians’ uses and abuses of power. He thinks that she needs to be …