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Faking Cultural Literacy

Update: CBC were quick in posting the audio and further details to their site. Check it out!

Faking Cultural Literacy -

Today I was a panellist on the CBC Radio One show The Current. The topic was a recent New York Times article entitled Faking Cultural Literacy:

It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything. We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them. Instead of watching “Mad Men” or the Super Bowl or the Oscars or a presidential debate, you can simply scroll through someone else’s live-tweeting of it, or read the recaps the next day. Our cultural canon is becoming determined by whatever gets the most clicks.

The host was Anna Maria Tremonti and my eloquent co-panelists were Alexandra Samuel (Vision Critical) and Theresa Moritz (University of Toronto).

You should see an embedded player below for the 22 minutes of audio – but, if not, please do click through.


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