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Should ‘Pissing People Off’ Provide a Point of Pride?

By Jason Menard

Contrary to what some people may say, if you’re not pissing someone off, then you may, in fact, be doing it absolutely right.

On a daily basis, in one form or another, I’ll see a variation or two of the old, “If you’re not pissing someone off, you’re doing it wrong” adage. It’s a great statement that allows us to embrace our inner counter-culture punk and lets us proclaim that we’re proud to rage against the machine! We are not part of the blindly following masses; we’ve been roused from our social catatonia and stand apart from the system.

It’s all very dramatic. It’s also pretty much a load of bunk. Continue reading

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Playground Games Norm on Twitter; Playground Behaviour Shouldn’t Be

By Jason Menard

The more time you spend on Twitter, the more you realize that it’s nothing more than a glorified schoolyard – in both the best and worst sense of that term!

The value you get out if it is directly related to the choices you make: will you play Follow the Leader or be King of the Castle; are you going to isolate yourself, follow the whims of the so-called cool crowd; or invite everyone to play along?

Unfortunately, no matter how you choose to approach the Twitter schoolyard, other childish antics abound that can undermine the experience. From bullying to sticking one’s fingers in your ears, there are behaviours that compromise its value – and limit one’s opportunity to learn and grow. Continue reading

Does Oprah Dislike Mean I Don’t Respect Her Enough?

By Jason Menard

I have a confession to make: I don’t like Oprah.

(I’m not sure you’re allowed to say that, actually. I’m inCanada, so I may be safe as I think that statement breaks laws in at least 30 states in theU.S.And I’m sure there are those Oprah-holics who will brand me as a racist, anti-feminist, and anti-fluffy white bunny because of that statement.)  Continue reading