France’s Macron is the centre’s political litmus test

France’s Macron is the centre’s political litmus test

Emmanuel Macron is a centrist at a time in global politics when, to borrow from Yeats, it had seemed as if the centre cannot hold. But with his victory in the French presidential election it has held, if only for now. Germans vote in September, Britain is moving towards its Brexit, and Donald Trump remains a destabilising force, as he

Why We Can’t Talk Politics

Why We Can’t Talk Politics

Problem Every political opinion piece you post on Facebook seems doomed to sea of shrieking partisans and blustering uncles. Why can’t we just have a civilized discussion? Reality Our brains aren’t good at seeing politics in philosophical terms, but, according to a study in Cognition, “. . . political affiliation is viewed more like membership in a gang or clique.”

You Filter Your News More than Facebook’s Algorithm

You Filter Your News More than Facebook’s Algorithm

Problem Lots of your social networks are echo chambers these days. Solution According to Facebook and a study they published in Science, it isn’t their algorithm that only shows you stuff that you agree with—you choose your friends that way. Method First, Facebook anonymized data for ten million Facebook users who identified themselves as liberal or conservative, as well as

Facebook Habits of Politically Annoying People

Facebook Habits of Politically Annoying People

Right, we’re not Americans, but you could have been forgiven for thinking it over the past few weeks, as hordes of Canadians showed their friends who was the most politically savvy/ironically detached in a high-stakes game of social media one-upmanship. “I see your Obama riding a unicorn GIF and raise you this watercolour portrait of Nate Silver aggregating poll data

24-Hour Transit in Calgary

24-Hour Transit in Calgary

When Naheed Nenshi campaigned for Mayor of Calgary in 2010, one of the focal points of his campaign’s platform was to make Calgary Transit a better option for our city’s commuters. “All you have to do is try to use it and you will immediately see that it’s not about the passengers,” he said. Nenshi won the election and, so

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