Evaluating a piece of information's validity is an essential Twenty-First Century skill with society simultaneously experiencing an information age and rise in anti-intellectualism. Google searches produce hordes of pieces written by pseudo-professionals doling out medical advice, commentary on international affairs, and capitalizing on historical conspiracy theories, like the TV series, Hunting Hitler.
Two weeks after the Parkland school shooting in Florida, a poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University, revealing that 62% of Florida voters supported a nationwide ban on the sale of “assault weapons,” and 53% of Florida voters supported a nationwide ban on the sale of all “semi-automatic rifles.”
Movie-goers reason that “this is a movie, it is not meant to be an accurate representation of history, that’s for a documentary or a book.” However, historical inaccuracies in films can have a dangerous impact on their audiences, and there are two factors that make them far more dangerous than historical inaccuracies in most other types of medium.
The present era of reactionary institutional responses to violations of political correctness is exposing the fact that “academic freedom”, of both professors and students, does not really mean much, except what it has always meant.
Does the fact that there aren’t any federal laws indicate that the abortion debate is over? The debate is certainly over if it is true that morality follows law. However, morality doesn’t and can’t follow law, law follows morality—or at least it should.
The Canadian Armed Forces's (CAF) subsequent eleven-year deployment to Afghanistan was a primary battleground against terrorist organizations like al Qaeda and the Taliban. The new war challenged traditional military doctrine, but a historic enemy followed soldiers home plaguing them with nightmares and panic attacks—the internal struggle of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
During the summer of 2017, the University of Victoria (UVic) in British Columbia invited applications for a tenure-track position in "the area of social psychology." The advertisement sounded like a great opportunity for freshly minted scholars who wanted to find an institution they could call home--at least until someone offers them a bigger home. However, there was a catch.