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11
Dec
We really want to like you...

We really want to like you...

Several years ago, Anthony Stewart, then a Dal English professor, wrote a book, You Must Be a Basketball Player, about his experience as a black faculty member at Dal.

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26
Nov
But they’re authentically shallow...

But they’re authentically shallow...

There was a time in the middle of the last century when authenticity was a chief concern of existentialist philosophers and highbrow cultural critics. Today, it has become something like the gold standard that we apply to political leaders and even celebs.

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12
Nov
Who (or what) is media today?

Who (or what) is media today?

A.J. Liebling was probably the most celebrated press critic during the first half of the 20th century. (He would probably have abhorred the word media.)
Liebling once said that freedom of the press is limited to those people who have one. That is far less true now. The person who today most dominates and obsesses world media is neither a media owner nor a professional media person.

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29
Oct
Just what do we mean by free speech?

Just what do we mean by free speech?

Just what do we mean by free speech? Has it morphed over time? At one time we emphasized the content of speech. Now we more often focus on the potential impact or consequences of controversial statements for groups we deem to be historically oppressed; or value utterances to the extent they convey group hurt, pain, anger and rage.

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15
Oct
Listening in over coffee...

Listening in over coffee...

A lively barista culture has emerged, especially on the south end of the Halifax peninsula. Places like Cabin Coffee on Hollis or Uncommon Grounds in the Somerset building on South Park.

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