The CBC: A case study of media policy failure and democracy endangerment

Jun 13

This is based on verbal defense I offered for my dissertation entitled “Canadian public service broadcasting in the information age” (2014), which was (thankfully) approved by the examining committee, at the Department of Sociology on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick.  Introduction Democracy relies on the engagement of informed and educated citizens. […]

No steps forward, two steps back.

Jan 24

In case you didn’t notice, this is just a note to let you know that the war on people who identify as women has started. Or, as people who identify as women around the globe know, it has escalated. In case you didn’t hear, yesterday the leaders of two of the most powerful countries on […]

Beware the TrumPence

Nov 10

The 2016 American presidential election has resulted in the selection of two privileged men to take over the offices of President and Vice President. During the election campaign Donald J. Trump presented–without irony–himself, a white (under the spray-tan), 70-year old man born to wealth and privilege, and his career politician running-mate, as the best alternative […]

The Tragically Hip show on the CBC

Aug 22

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) did an extraordinary thing on August 20th, 2016: It behaved like a public service media organization. The CBC responded to public appeals ( petition, Facebook appeal) to carry the last performance of the Man Machine Poem tour by the Tragically Hip after TicketMaster enabled scalpers — including its “wholly-owned, independently-run” […]


Feb 16

A very important and beloved person in my life died in her sleep yesterday. Dr. Vanda Rideout was: a sharp elbow in my ribs to wake me up during film class in our undergrad; a teacher who made sociology and communications theories and methods interesting — and that’s not as easy as you might think […]

About service

Dec 30

I’m here not to change the world, but to serve the world. When you want to change the world, you take a burden of changing, and a responsibility of changing, and that can be stressful. When you are serving the world, you do your best and that’s it.” -Satish Kumar, former Jain Monk in conversation […]


Dec 30

I always appreciate the opportunity to be involved at the beginning of a project. In 2016, I worked with Dr. William McIver Jr., Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair on funding proposals for various projects happening at the Mobile First Technology Initiative at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). […]

Turns of phrase

Dec 13

Redundant expressions and phrases that drop the average level of intelligence in the room. Advance planning To plan something is not to do ‘the thing’, whatever it is. To plan is to think it through, to identify necessary resources and even to put them in place, to consider variables, and to develop strategies that will  […]

With affection: Hair product aplenty

Dec 9

I sang with the Thomists for the St. Thomas University (STU) Christmas formal last night. The self-grooming quotient was high, and there was the usual ratio of adorable couples, showboats, and abandoned high heels by the end of the first set. For the first time that I can remember in many years of doing this […]