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March 20, 2003
  ... Oh, yes it canPDF files may take a moment to load

You don't think reality TV can get any worse?

Wanna bet?

It was about three years ago that FOX came up with Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? At the time, it was one of the low points in television history. At the time, it seemed like a low-water mark that might stand for a while. Yeah, right.

Since then, we have witnessed such bottom-level programming as Are You Hot? and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! Three years ago, we couldn't have seen that coming.

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March 20, 2003
  Reality TV can't get any worse...PDF files may take a moment to load

The disgust that filled many an American television viewer during the now waning Survivor craze was dwarfed long ago. Then America took a short-lived trip to Temptation Island. Shortly after, we greeted The Bachelor (and then The Bachelorette), Meet My Folks and, more recently, Joe Millionaire. Now, viewers naïvely thought, things can only get better from here.

Not surprisingly, they didn't.

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March 28, 2002
  Good life or rough gig?PDF files may take a moment to load

Ahhh, where to start?

Is it the ability to expel urine while standing or the fact that men don't bleed involuntarily once a month? Is it the accepted level of ineptitude or the ability to appreciate the finer points of most sports (read: football, soccer and hockey, not figure skating and ballroom dancing)? Whatever the reason, I believe I got off easy thanks to the Y-chromosome I lucked into somewhere between copulation and conception.

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March 21, 2002
  The evolution of the written wordPDF files may take a moment to load

The printed page has evolved considerably since Johannes Gutenberg mass-produced the bible in 1455, Ben Frankin's colonial lending library and the rotary press. While webbed newspapers, glossy magazines and paperback books deliver literature to billions worldwide on a daily basis, you can only carry or house so many at once.

E-books may be the next innovation, allowing anyone to access, carry and house limitless electronic libraries in perpetuity.

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March 21, 2002
  The evolution of the written wordPDF files may take a moment to load

There's something wonderful about a book.

When you hold a book by Plato or by Shakespeare, it's like holding their thoughts in your hand. You can touch the pages and maybe, just maybe, feel like you're somehow connected to them. Or maybe it's a novel by your favourite author. The pages are dog-eared, notes run along the margins and water spots decorate the pages from bath time.

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March 14, 2002
  Universal or useless, you decidePDF files may take a moment to load

The U-Pass is an ineffective and inexcusable attempt at wholesale redistribution of wealth. While proponents brand it with the "universal" façade, the U-Pass isn't. Much like communist economic programs, it doesn't reach those who need it and is incapable of serving everybody. Indeed, the success of the U-Pass is dependent upon its own disuse and failure.

Claims of alleged benefits the U-Pass will provide are flawed and ill-conceived for several reasons.

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March 14, 2002
  Universal or useless, you decidePDF files may take a moment to load

Students are so disillusioned with the Students' Union that most probably won't bother voting this week. But, student politics aside, there is one very good reason to log on to polling stations for this year's general election.

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