Edge Of Reason

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  Edge Of Reason
April 03, 2003
  The future shouldn't be nine to fivePDF files may take a moment to load

For several weeks now, university students have been searching for summer jobs, hoping to find something that will pay well enough to cover next year's tuition. Finding the money to finish a degree is a mere precursor to a dilemma many students face upon graduation: how to parlay said degree into a viable, long-term career.


March 27, 2003
  Fiction better than reality of warPDF files may take a moment to load

Writing a column about fiction is difficult because the columnist must convey in prose the power of often-lyrical, brutal or transcendent writing. In other words, the authors I am about to discuss are much better writers than I am.


March 20, 2003
  You can't depend on the media--trust mePDF files may take a moment to load

It is likely that the war in Iraq will begin before this paper hits the stands, and as such, we the viewers will be able to watch coverage from the front lines on TV. The journalists, however, will be "embedded" with American troops, meaning that they eat, sleep and travel with soldiers and therefore only record what the U.S. military allows them to see. While the military claims that they will not censor any coverage, the fact that they can control a reporter's mobility and access is enough to compromise journalistic integrity.


February 27, 2003
  Inherent need for superiority fuels reality TVPDF files may take a moment to load

Poor Reality TV. Sure, you're popular, but it seems like no one has anything good to say about you. When people confess to watching you, they use a hushed tone as if divulging a shameful secret. You have been accused of being stupid, dumb and cheesy, pandering to the lowest common denominator, and setting feminism back 30 years (I'm looking at you, The Bachelor).

Would somebody please cut Reality TV a break?


January 30, 2003
  Being Chinese Canadian often means feeling torn between two cultures--but that's not necessarily a bad thingPDF files may take a moment to load

Every Chinese New Year, I realize to what extent my identity is in a state of flux.

Last year, I watched Toronto residents celebrate the New Year on TV, explaining to reporters the symbolism of the food eaten, the lion dance, and so on and so on. To my dismay, many of the facts were previously unknown to me.


January 16, 2003
  When citizens do good deedsPDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes it seems like the difference between taking responsibility for one's own actions and blaming someone else is a lawsuit.

On October 16, 2002, all seven members of the Dawson family of Baltimore were killed when their house was set on fire in retaliation for reporting drug dealers to the police. It was the second such incident for the Dawsons, as their house had been firebombed on Oct. 3. A local drug dealer has been arrested and charged for the deaths of two adults and their five school-aged children.


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