Posts By: Jason Sullivan

Jason Sullivan

An unofficial AU advocate at large, Jason never misses a chance to recount the merits of an Athabasca education. Jason’s studies began alone in front of a rustic rural fireplace in December of 2003 and carried on through various brick and mortar college classrooms yet always with Athabasca as part of his journey. In 2014 he completed his BA in Sociology and in 2022 graduated with an MA in Cultural Studies. To this end, his columns seek to explore edifying moments of learning how to learn within the challenging ideological terrain of that great bugaboo facing students everywhere: the real world!

Fly on the Wall—Can You Hear Me Now?

Telephone is a game played by youngsters in the early grades of school and at birthday parties.  The object is simple: someone introduces an original phrase, like “I’m proud to be Canadian” and, through whispers and twitters into their neighbour’s ear as they sit in a circle, each participant passes on the little prize, the… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Interpolation, Part II

That we all desire life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is core to the ideology of our neighbours to the south.   It’s hard to quibble with such a phrase; this simple sentence seems the bedrock of any true democracy founded on the rule of law and an equitable application of equal opportunity for all…. Read more »

Fly on the Wall—IUDs of Yesteryear on IWD

On International Women’s Day (IWD) we pause to appreciate the issues affecting women’s lives and the heartfelt gratitude we appreciate for womanhood.  We can never say enough thanks to the woman who birthed us—thanks Mom! Plus, there’s my dear social work professor sister and many friends, both erudite and effusive, possessing uplifting intellectual abilities.  And… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Stop With The Hubbub, Bub!

There’s nothing quite like a noisy outburst of protestation: upset voices bursting forth as a rhetorical freshet drenching all in the vicinity with a cold shower of unhappiness.  Conflicts trigger us to misery so effectively because there’s unpleasant noise everywhere in society adding to the turmoil of grinding gears within our mind.  These inner dialogues… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Taylor Swift and Antonio Gramsci

A baseline finding of social science is that we are not only independent producers of our consciousness, we’re also literally subjected to reams of external and coercive influences.  Even when we imagine another possible world, a better one, our forms of thought come from the prevailing circus of our culture.  The raw reality that we… Read more »