THE BC LIBERALS HAD A BRIDGE TO SELL YOU, FAST

by Geoff Olson BC’s spacey politics doesn’t get much better than “Om the Bridge,” a public relations stunt which stretched from peculiar to Planet Claire in the space of a week. Responding to public criticism of government involvement in a scheme to shut down Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge on National Yoga Day (June 21st), and the …

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LISTICLES LEADING US TO MATRIX-LIKE ABSORPTION

by Geoff Olson I used to think I could resist digital-age distractions better than the average person, but I may have met my electronic Waterloo. I’m talking about listicles, the trivia links found on web portals everywhere from The Huffington Post to Yahoo.com. “In journalism and blogging, a listicle is a short-form of writing that …

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DINOSAURS, SHREWS, AND DEMOCRACY

by Geoff Olson It was no regular ivory tower exercise when professors Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University posed an intriguing question: does the US government represent its people? By combing through 200 public opinion surveys over 20 years, and measuring them against policies written into law, they found an …

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