EDITOR’S NOTE: We end this year by each taking a look back and picking our five best posts, explaining both their importance to us and to the world we currently live in. Clicking the banner images will link you to each post, so as 2014 comes to a close join us in remembering how far we’ve come, but also how far we still have to go.
After the recent acts of Daesh terrorism in Paris I returned to this interview with PhD Candidate Rachel Brown to get some perspective. While Brown’s work was focused on food and religious identity in French and Quebecois Muslim immigrant communities, it also highlights how isolation and religious persecution can push young people towards accepting religious extremism. In the interview, Brown explains,
“I’m not really an expert in ISIS or Jihadist fighters or any of the topics that relate to this. I can say that when people, especially youth, feel alienated, when they don’t feel at home anywhere, this can lead to finding identity in extreme forms of religion. If the religious identity is the only identity that one feels they can claim, he/she is going to place a huge amount of importance on that identity.”
This year, a petition began circulating that condemned Nestlé’s operations here in British Columbia. While Nestlé has been operating here in B.C. for 15 years, residents became particularly concerned during the drought this past summer. As Gordon has pointed out in his previous Shame Day post, Nestlé doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to respecting other countries and their water needs. In this post we take a closer look at the relationship between Canadian water and the American corporations that would like to bottle it up. Continue reading
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Of the four posts that went up on the blog this week four of them were penned by yours truly. Alongside Gordon’s illuminating takedown of “career resource” website TheLadders and Kat’s experience watching a live production of The Phantom of the Opera I reviewed two items of pop culture:
- the penultimate episode of the fourth season of 2 Broke Girls, a show that has tested every fibre of patience in my body yet still manages to amuse me just enough for me to keep going [the hundreds of site hits a day certainly don’t hurt].
- the 15th issue of Ms. Marvel, a comic book that is as consistently good as the above is
bad disappointing, in which a critically-acclaimed self-contained title threatens to connect more fully with the larger and more confusing universe it inhabits.
Just like any other piece of art it’s so easy to take what we’re given and simply let it entertain us. The truth is, however, that you don’t need to review a show for
a living the sake of doing so in order to really engage it. We can always be consciously considering whatever it is we choose to get into, even if it’s to ask ourselves that most simple question: “What is the creator’s intent?”
Which is all to say that I don’t have it in me to write a third blog post this week, so this is me telling you to go out there and enjoy Mad Max: Fury Road. Not simply because it currently has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes but because it will make Men’s Rights Activists upset. Seriously, though, MRAs are actively campaigning against it, so what better reason to see it, possibly even more than once?
That’s all I have for you. Go out there, enjoy your Friday-
“What a day! What a lovely day!”