Month: July 2007

Hampton on the Growth of Privatism in Public Spaces

Keith Hampton’s very faced-paced talk dealt with the impact of network and mobile technology on traditional face-to-face communication and the function of neighbourhood communities. He cut his teeth in the study of the Newmarket/Netville. More recently he has been experimenting with the intervention of email and website as neighbourhood building tools in established communities and […]

How Canadian Voters Cope with Crises

Apparently, when the going gets tough, Canadians turn to lawyers. I have semi-arbitrarily qualified the two world wars as national crises (yes, we could argue over what other crises may well have faced the nation, but for sake of simple conjecture I will use these), and examined what occupations emerge amongst our elected representatives. During […]

How Does Taste Look?

Information Aesthetics points to a great background article on the visual representation of taste in Ratatouille (a movie I absolutely recommend – great story, superb animation). I watched these sequences and didn’t think much about them – but what a great question : how can one visually demonstrate the sensation of taste? Additionally, how do […]

What Did Parliamentarians Do? The Prequel

In an earlier post, I pondered the occupational composition of the House of Commons and its implications on policy making. This post cast an historical gaze on the occupations of MPs at Confederation. It compared the occupational composition¬†with the current and hypothesised about the evolution of this composition over the past 160 years. As mentioned […]

What Do Parliamentarians Do?

A colleague and I were discussing this¬†anecdotal perception that there has been a shift from relying on lawyers to craft policy and laws in Canada towards reliance on businessmen. This post ponders how our elected representatives self-identify themselves and what effect their prior occupation might have on their policy making perspective. This tree chart shows […]