Fans’ expectations of athletes are out of whack

Those who booed retiring Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck should be ashamed of themselves. Athletes aren’t warriors created by central casting for our weekend enjoyment

Fans’ expectations of athletes are out of whackToo many sports fans view athletes as robots designed to play games for their entertainment. They sit in the stands or on their sofas, a cold beer in their hands, and yell at injured players for being “too soft” and “not tough enough.” They think jocks should just “suck it up” and get on the…

Stop fretting about social media giants and build a competitor

If enough people band together, they can finance a new platform. This is a free and open market

Stop fretting about social media giants and build a competitorAgainst the frenzy of inaccurate and manipulative information consistently roaring through social media sites, the companies that manage these sites – like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – have been trying to combat misinformation. However, they always seem to be two steps behind. Initially, in an effort to keep up with the sheer volume of material,…

Social media losing its lustre, and its cachet

Why have millions of users decided to turn their backs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

Social media losing its lustre, and its cachetNot long ago, before Big Brother fully ascended his throne behind the nanny cam that is the modern Internet, people wrote books in private for other people to read in private. The process worked this way: Think, type, edit, sell and hope some bibliophiles liked your words well enough to cover the cost of your…

Trudeau should lift the gag order on Wilson-Raybould

Failing to do so creates the horrible image of a government unwilling to get to the bottom of an important controversy

Trudeau should lift the gag order on Wilson-RaybouldThe House of Commons justice committee heard the testimonies of former principal secretary Gerald Butts, Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick and deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin last week. They provided different accounts to what former Justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould told the committee about allegedly being pressured by the prime minister’s office to…

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’

Samantha Paterson, a social media manager at the University of Calgary, talks about how to get the most out of digital marketing

‘It’s not voodoo – social media takes persistence’Samantha Paterson is a social media manager at the University of Calgary and an instructor in Continuing Education. Calgary’s Business: How did you get into social media as a career and what’s the appeal for you? Paterson: During the 2000s in my ed-tech career, I was an early adopter of customer advocacy marketing, including online…

Stuck in our cozy cocoons, ignoring the vast and varied world

We take steps to keep anything from seeping into our lives that may be contrary to our already congealed way of thinking and being

Stuck in our cozy cocoons, ignoring the vast and varied worldIn case no one has noticed, it seems we’re greatly divided as a society, with more than a smidgen of bitterness, intolerance and outright hostility towards our fellow citizens thrown in for good measure. I don’t mean the United States or Canada specifically, nor do I mean it in a strictly political sense. It goes…

The Internet’s progeny undermining democracy’s foundations

Here’s what happens when Facebook and Twitter are permitted to cheerfully provide a platform for hatred and lies

The Internet’s progeny undermining democracy’s foundationsNewspapers are no longer very relevant politically, with a few exceptions. Sure, the Toronto Star uncovered that Mayor Rob Ford used crack. And, yes, the New York Times and the Washington Post have done exemplary work exposing the venality and the criminality of the Trump administration. But, in recent years, the roles daily newspapers played in the body politic – helping…

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountable

A U.S. law basically provides social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter de facto worldwide immunity from litigation

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountableMany of us have probably regretted something we posted on Facebook – or had posted about us – but how many of us have ever thought about suing this powerful social media company? A 14-year-old Northern Ireland girl is doing just that. She is suing after a nude photo of her was posted on a…