Posts By: Jason Sullivan

Jason Sullivan

Even erudite flies get smashed now and then for sounding too ‘school smart’. As one of many AU students not immersed in an academic social sphere, Jason’s ‘Fly on the Wall’ column seeks to aid and abet the success of others in his cohort. We won’t always be understood when we speak of what we are learning in school but we can rest assured that our education still has value.

His lighthearted approach to sociological philosophy stems from conducting field research at bush parties and working his day job reforesting the mountains of BC. Born in the city of Vancouver and raised on a farm in the Fraser Valley and an orchard in the Okanagan, he attained a diploma in Horticulture in the Creston Valley and then returned to school as a Sociology major. Today’s he’s an AU Master’s of Integrated Studies student who spends his spare time enjoying nature walks, snorkeling and reading whatever philosophical and sociological tracts capture his fancy.

Jason is fascinated with the micro-sociological thoughts and interactions that frame and demarcate our experience of daily life as well as the philosophical realm considering essential questions about what it is to be a human. It’s dense brush but Jason seeks answers where murkiness holds sway.

A Few Theoretical Influences: Louis Althusser, Isaac Asimov, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Aime Cesaire, Carol Clover, John Cummings, Kurt Cobain, Jacques Derrida, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, Antonio Gramsci, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Hobbes, Agnes Martin, Karl Marx, Georg Simmel, Max Weber

Fly on the Wall—Knowledge in a Moment

Every day holds potential for learning if we look at life that way.  Glorious new experiences are only ever a mouse click or a calm stroll or an exchanged glance away.  And knowledge is only partly contained in our AU course materials.  One can read a text forward and backward and still only know it… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Never Again Versus the Wars of Tomorrow

Huddled as a mass, we across Canada gather at our local cenotaph on November 11th.  The experience transcends differences of rural and urban, class and race, gender and belief, because the spectre of war brings us together today as it has throughout our history as a nation.  As we give thanks for those whose sacrifice… Read more »

The Fly on the Wall—A Glimpse At The Future

Virtual convocation reminds us that we are always learning from just outside our social realm to the extent that we apply the elixir of critical thought to as many aspects of our life and our labour as possible. Daily life in the 20s is probably going to be replete with metaphors equating virtual reality with… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Virtual Convocation 2020

To all the 2020 graduands, congrats!  And for the rest of us grads, future and past, let’s rest on our virtual laurels for a moment and consider the conquest that’s been.  Many of our peers would shudder to attempt distance education.  AU is not for the faint of heart or slack of skill.  We learn… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Autumn Loneliness Nipping At Your Heels?

You’ll have to forgive me, the neighbour’s dogs are yipping up a jealous storm as they react to our local coyote pack.  The latter are waltzing gleefully past windows and singing songs of merriment as they indulge in fallen fruit that has fermented on the orchard’s floor.  Like animals prior to domestication, our AU minds… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Being Ourselves

As our identities shed skins of past selves our learning proceeds apace.  We’re never quite the same student we were last year or back in our days as a younger, perhaps more dogmatic, scholar.  Imagination and play at AU are only a study break away and, really, the flexibility to take flight from drudgery is… Read more »