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Sol Chrom has written for torontoist.com, openfile.ca, globeandmail.com, and All Fired Up in the Big Smoke. His own site can be found at solchrom.com. He lives in Toronto.

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Why Do Facebook And Google Show Us What They Show Us?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 5:08 AM

What we have here are two seemingly disparate stories involving two of the most dominant content distributors on the planet.

In one, our friend Mathew Ingram discusses Mark Zuckerberg's video initiative, which, he says, undercuts the Faceborg supremo's insistence that he's not running a media company. In a...

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It's Only The 'Post-Truth' Era If We Let It Be

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 1:29 PM

Look, we already know -- there's no point in fact-checking Donald Trump. He lies and lies and gets away with it because in the "post-truth era," we're well past the point where lying has any consequences.

The issue is not whether or not he's telling...

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Let's Stop Pretending Media 'Balance' Isn't Empowering Hate

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 11:25 AM

A few weeks ago, we were talking about the tricky balance between quality content and users' (supposedly) limited attention span.

Well, a lot can happen in a few weeks, and by now we all know what's been going on with our friends to the south. More than a...

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It Will Take More Than One Election to Fix Canadian Politics

(7) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Yeah, well.

As a couple of friends have pointed out, some of my recent blather about voting may seem inconsistent with my "brand." You know, civic engagement, the responsibilities of citizenship, the obligations we have to society and to each other ... yawn.

Can't be too...

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Is Canada a Country, Or a Commodity?

(10) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Haven't really crystallized this into a coherent argument yet, but I can't remember feeling this disheartened about a federal election since 1997. Ever since then, there's been a growing malignancy in our body politic -- a malignancy that goes beyond partisanship.

Successive governments since then have, for whatever reason, surrendered...

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This Election, Let's Talk About the Public Good

(16) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:36 PM

It's been a while, but I've been thinking about the importance of civility as we ramp up for a fall election.

I know, I know -- it's a bourgeois notion, shot through with elements of class and privilege and advantages not everyone has, but at its heart, isn't it...

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Will Rob Ford Learn the Art of Adult Conversation?

(13) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Well, what can you do? Thrilling as the #Fordcourt ride was, we're back to where we started. Ford Nation -- such as it is -- can enjoy its little victory lap.

We can debate, at our leisure, whether conflict-of-interest proceedings and campaign-finance audits are preferable to the electoral process...

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Why Economics Cannot Be Separated From Politics

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 5:20 PM

With a nod to Ernesto.

The initial draft of this essay was spurred, in part, by reflections on the City of Toronto's deliberations regarding the 2013 budget. There will be more detail, more insight and more analysis than I can offer here, but there's one small oberservation that...

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Does Gen Y Know What Political Engagement Means?

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 3:38 PM

I've been watching the discussion of millennial citizenship on the HuffPost, spurred by Supriya Dwivedi's essay on Generation Y and Daniel Alexandre Portoraro's response.

It's a spirited exchange. Perhaps it's worth taking a step back and re-examining what we mean when we talk about political engagement;...

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