1001 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know by Anna Mantzaris

By Anna Mantzaris

Trivialities buffs of the world—this is your ebook! It’s filled with 1,001 tidbits of data in such different types as meals & Drink, tv, paintings, company, wellbeing and fitness, faith, etc. for instance, were you aware that each strawberry comprises over two hundred seeds? That the 1st prepared exertions strike within the U.S. happened in Philadelphia in 1786, while neighborhood printers demanded larger wages? Or that Jack London used to be the 1st novelist to earn a million money from his writing? Highlighted with maps and illustrations, this compilation incorporates a wealth of lists, together with the least densely populated international locations, the academic associations of the Ivy League, bands that performed at Woodstock, or even the main tense clichés, as voted through humans in 70 countries.

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These values have traditionally provided a backdoor entrance for marginalized people into the public sphere (Warner 1994, 397). The goal here, then, is to use the example of Canadian television in order to re-imagine its potential as a form of communicative action, a key player in the symbolic lifeworld of any society. That may be asking too much, as the commodified status of the medium could prove to be a formidable barrier to a radically democratized transformation. Nonetheless, the breaking down of the myths of Canadian television as a perpetual victim of forces beyond the nation’s control that leaves it struggling for survival can in turn open up new ways of thinking about nationalism altogether, particularly its increasingly antagonistic relationship to the mediascape.

Interestingly enough, despite the name change, the CRTC seems not to have incorporated telecommunications into its nationalist agenda. On its website it states clearly that the purpose of Canadian broadcasting is to serve as “a tool for protecting and promoting Canadian culture and achieving key social objectives. Legislators and regulatory bodies in Canada have acknowledged that Canadian broadcasting is essential to preserving our national sovereignty” (CRTC). However, there are no such lo y ambitions for telecommunications.

Nonetheless, there are a number of programs worth investigating in some depth. Canadian Idol, the knock-o of the American knock-o of the UK’s Pop Idol, has been hailed as a tremendous lowbrow commercial success, one of the first times that a Canadian show other than hockey has topped the ratings in recent memory. By contrast, the sitcom Corner Gas strives for a distinct form 24 B E AT Y A N D S U L L I VA N of Canadianicity with its low-key comedic stylings, its use of wellloved Canadian television and theatre stars from the past, and its setting in rural Saskatchewan.

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