Karlis Wilde

Karlis Wilde

Articles by Karlis Wilde

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Degrees for Download: online learning and concerns for the future

  Your professor is linked to a circuitboard. Your professor no longer dresses up in a gaudy shirt and tie, because your professor doesn’t dress up at all. Your professor sits comfortably in the central stream of a database, overflowing with data, ready to project quantifiable trends and employ algorithms that can accurately determine the quality of your work. This […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·
Editorial: Oprah shouldn’t be president

Editorial: Oprah shouldn’t be president

Following Oprah Winfrey’s powerful Cecil B. DeMille speech Sunday night, the internet exploded with affirmation of a much-whispered spark about the future of the Democratic party:Oprah for President, 2020. In doing this, celebrities and citizens alike have suddenly gathered under the delicious banner of celebrity in order to perfectly replicated the Trump-brand of politics — but with a partisan inversion. […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Opinion ·
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Behold! The true flavour of the holidays

  We inhabit a corporate world and that means that we, as individuals, are valued on a greater scale by our ability to consume. Corporations — businesses both large and small — tap into that need, by which they can tailor our wants and desires to uplift their profit margins. Merry Christmas! Luckily, as a good consumer, this exercise in […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Arts and Life, Food ·
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Defining Hate Speech across Canada

  The discussion of the discernment between free speech and hate speech is a difficult one, with an especially prominent place on the Wilfrid Laurier campus in recent weeks. There are enormous discrepancies between the types of speech deemed appropriate, and they are all subjectively organized to reflect their own community and their own community’s standards. It is that discernment […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·
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Socializing during movies shouldn’t be acceptable

  Somehow, the concept of going to see a film has become tied up with forms of direct interaction: a person goes to the show with friends, or on a date. This is curious and especially flawed because cinema is not inherently a social experience. A movie — at least, a good movie — is generally crafted to captivate the […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Opinion ·
Graphic by Alan Li

Legalization of marijuana brings forth boycott event

On July 1, 2018, marijuana will become legal in certain quantities across Canada. Because of the conditions of the bill, the specific details regarding quantities, enforcement and distribution have been left to the individual provinces to decide. While the project is unto itself divisive among Canadian citizens, the results of the 2015 federal election – with the enormous success of […]

by Karlis Wilde· · National, News ·
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Strumming a swan song: an obituary for the guitar

  Over the past hundred years, learning to play the guitar has been an important, often defining component in the lives of many adolescents in the Western world. Fragile teenagers across the continent have found buried parts of themselves in the poetry of lyricism and the shifting, emotional, varied tones — both crunchy and smooth — of the guitar. There […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·
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Separating fact from fiction: does reading really make us smarter?

  “I wish I read more.” – Everyone  I spent the bulk of this past weekend reading through a recent bestseller. Despite being steeped in historical, artistic and architectural facts, it was not what would commonly be considered an enriching, thoughtful novel. It was a vapid, blunt yarn. It was a shallow, derivative adventure story. It was the latest Dan […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·
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Crafting a community: the value and importance of drinking local beer

Craft beer can be a bit of a misnomer. The name connotes a kind of quality that is often a component of the beverage but isn’t an actual requirement of the final result. To say that all craft beer is genuinely ‘crafted’ isn’t entirely true. To qualify under the umbrella of ‘craft beer’, a beer simply has to be produced […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·
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The separation of church and plate: deconstructing Thanksgiving, Canada’s tastiest holiday

When we celebrate Thanksgiving, to whom are we giving thanks? It’s a question that seems to posit its own questions. Surely, a great deal of that thanks can be given to those we are closest to: our friends and our families. But there have been and always will be things that go far, far beyond our own control. Are we […]

by Karlis Wilde· · Features ·