Carrie had her turn with the pot at this point — today I’m getting out some proper drums.
Carrie and I just got back from 2 and a half hours of our manif (it was still going strong). It’s the 3rd night in a row (possibly more–we were visiting friends in Westmount Saturday, a wealthy enclave that’s hostile territory for protesters). What started as a local event with hundred of people taking up […]
So last night we’re sitting on the porch with friends and hear this noise. It gets louder and louder. Lots of banging. Finally we go investigate and find . . . the “Manifestation de casseroles” at the corner of Jarry and St-Denis a block away. Over 200 people gathered, making tons of noise with pots […]
Today I spoke with a journalist — Giuseppe Valiante (to give credit where it’s due) — doing a story on social media and the strike. At one point he asked me if I thought things would be better if the Charest government were on Twitter, interacting with all the protesters and their supporters who are […]
Let us descend for a moment into some rather exquisite gossip from the intellectual history of communication studies. Commenting on Herb Schiller, a scholar noted for his radicalism, James Carey said in a 2006 interview: …he was supremely bourgeois. When the troubles began in the 1960s, Herb couldn’t be bothered. He was home reading The […]
Politics in Quebec, Montreal and McGill are as hot as they’ve been since last September. We are in the midst of a general student strike against proposed tuition increases. Today is the national day of action, which is getting Canada-wide press coverage and deserves international coverage. I’m at a conference right now and haven’t been […]
the US government just sold our loans, or what’s left of them, to a private company–once again demonstrating that like all debt, student debt is profitable for someone.