July 2, 2010

Pt 1: Gay Pride Debate - Some people argue Pride's relevance is waning because the political battles have been won and parades are little more than a self-indulgent advertising opportunities; others say pride is relevant both as a celebration and a way of fighting important battles that still need to be won.(Read More)

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Pt 2: Internet Dumbing - Are our brains changing because of the Internet? In this part we discuss how we now process information collectively, and whether this new form of intelligence is just as valuable. (Read More)

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Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.

It's Friday, July 2nd.

Canadian scientists have confirmed the existence of a new solar system.

Currently, as per Ontario law, everything within a five-light-year radius has been detained.

This is The Current.

Gay Pride - Debate

Many people still see Gay Pride events as empowering and even transformative experiences. But others are beginning to see them as decadent and even irrelevant spectacles that have been stripped of their political punch. And so, with about a million Pride partiers set to take to the streets of Toronto this weekend, and with Pride season in full swing across the country, we're joined by two people for their thoughts on the relevance of Pride celebrations.

Michael Phair is Alberta's first out politician and the Organizer of Edmonton's Pride Parade. He was in Edmonton for the show. We also spoke with Bert Archer, a columnist for the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life magazine. He's also the author of The End of Gay: And the Death of Heterosexuality. He was in Toronto.

Gay Pride - Canadian War on Queers

Pride parades may have lost a lot of their power to shock. But you don't have to look very far back to find a time when things were very different. Patrizia Gentile is the co-author of a new book called, The Canadian War on Queers. She was with us in our Toronto studio.


Internet Dumbing - Nicholas Carr

For the last few years, Nicholas Carr has spent a lot of time looking at how the Internet is changing our brains. Ironically, he's all over the web talking about it.

Now he acknowledges that the Internet -- and all of our Internet-connected gadgets do allow us to find information quickly. And that can make us feel like we know a lot about ... well, anything. Especially important things like doped up kids coming back from the dentist. And then, there's email and texting, which lets us stay in constant contact with friends and family.

But ultimately, Nicholas Carr says that all that information is doing us more harm than good. His new book is called, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. And in it, he invites us to think about HAL, the seemingly all-powerful computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey - the one that misbehaves and then has its brain disconnected.

Nicholas Carr thinks that all of our brains are going, and that we should all be feeling it, too. He was in San Francisco for the show.

Internet Dumbing - Critic

The assertion "that everything will be all right" leads us to Mathew Ingram. He's a senior writer with GigaOm, a technology blog network. And he doesn't quite buy Nicholas Carr's argument. Matthew Ingram was in Golden Lake, Ottawa Valley.

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