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Symbolic interactionism, some critics assert, doesn’t attend to the “big picture”

I was interested to come across a blurb about symbolic interactions. The blurb refers to what are perceived as limitations of the theory: “Critics of this theory claim that symbolic interactionism neglects the macro level of social interpretation – the ‘big picture.’ In … Continue reading

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Stories and frames

Stories drive outcomes Storytelling is wired into our brains. Stories are part of who we are. The frame, within which a story is presented, is a story in itself. Stories can lead to real-world consequences as the following blog post notes: … Continue reading

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Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will (2014) suggests our minds extend beyond our bodies

Many years ago, Marshall McLuhan remarked in Understanding Media (1964) that electronic media are extensions of the human central nervous system. Recently, I had the good fortune to come across an essay – entitled Anthropology of the Brain: Consciousness, Culture, and Free Will … Continue reading

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A story about a former Toronto mayor

I’ve recently read a great study by John Filion about a former Toronto mayor. Newspaper journalists do not necessarily do a great job of it when they write a full-length book. The skills associated with journalism may or may not make for … Continue reading

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Last-minute notes as we get closer to Oct. 17 MCHS ’60s Reunion

Click on the photos to enlarge them – including of the photos the salmon swimming and jumping; click again to enlarge them further   Yearbook or age-17 or undergrad photos of Spouses/Guests To the extent it’s possible, we’d like to include … Continue reading

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Glen Gatenby argues that William Faulkner’s 1918 flying lessons in Toronto launched the writer’s literary career

I’ve read many accounts of William Faulkner’s stay in Toronto where he took flying lessons with the aim of becoming a First World War fighter pilot. On occasion, I’ve observed that a writer, describing the novelist’s stay in Toronto apparently accepts, … Continue reading

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I was impressed with first episode of CBC TV’s This Is High School

Update Click here to watch the First Episode: Grade Nine is the Worst Year > [end of update]    I was impressed with the first episode of This Is High School, a TV series that the CBC Media Centre (see link in … Continue reading

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Linguistic anthropology features a close study of schoolyard games of stance, status, and exclusion

Research reports and articles related to social hierarchies, sense-making, bullying, warfare, and conflict resolution are of interest to me. During my teaching career, from which I retired in 2006, I worked in schools across the Greater Toronto Area. I began my career … Continue reading

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The Luminaries (2013) is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Governor General’s Award for Fiction

I heard about The Luminaries (2013), by Eleanor Catton, through Twitter mentions, articles at CBC and elsewhere, and CBC radio segments highlighting the book’s receipt of the 2013 Man Booker Prize. A Feb. 19, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald article is … Continue reading

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American Hustle (2013) is loosely based upon the late 1970s FBI Abscam sting

Several overviews based upon the movie American Hustle (2013) – from The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and The Telegraph, among other sources – are available online. The IMDb overview of the film sums up the story: “A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, … Continue reading

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