“Venality, Pretension, Irresponsibility and Risible Claims”: That sounds just like the UofC

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Stanley Fish is really hit and miss for me: sometimes I agree with him, and other times really, really not. This is one of those times I agree: Stanley Fish: Academics Under Siege By By Stanley Fish Published: October 19, … Continue reading

Profiling via web presence (or, the company you keep tells us a lot about you.)

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve always told people that they should assume that anything they put on the web should be considered public, whether it is on a public site or not. If you don’t want the information known, then don’t put it out … Continue reading

On: On Sheep Dogs and Wolves

Approximate Reading Time: 7 minutes I don’t usually do this, but this is a response to another blog, found here.  The piece I am commenting on is part of a larger post about what Canadian troops are doing in Afghanistan. It is in support of … Continue reading

Have we really evolved beyond the days of throwing the Christians to the Lions?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute By now almost everyone online is familiar with the wonderful story of Susan Doyle. There are many interesting dimensions to this story, like the one discussed by Henry Jenkins having to do with how quickly the world came to know … Continue reading

Kids These Days (sheesh)….

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Net Gen kids cheat, they say…. OK, this annoys me.  Apparently, we learn very little through the millennia. “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place … Continue reading

Video Game Violence….

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute does NOT necessarily cause violence, according to a new study: Grand Theft Childhood, by Lawrence Kutner & Cheryl B. Olson (more here: http://www.gamecouch.com/2008/02/interview-dr-cheryl-olson-co-author-of-grand-theft-childhood/) In 2007, results from a breakthrough Harvard video game study found that children used video games to … Continue reading

More heretic stuff.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute This time from Stephen Pinker: http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/469317,CST-CONT-danger15.article In defense of dangerous ideas In every age, taboo questions raise our blood pressure and threaten moral panic. But we cannot be afraid to answer them. Be the first to like. Like Unlike … Continue reading