Posts tagged culture

German

10 Strange German Laws (Fact vs. Fiction)

Germany is well-known for being a country with a million different laws, rules and regulations about everything from signing forms to building houses. There are many blogs and news-outlets online that talk about any number of “crazy German laws”, some of…

October 22, 2015, by

Lifestyle

Logging in to Log Off: Non-Mediated Nostalgia and the Point of No Return

As regular readers know, much of my writing circles around the awesomeness of being connected, like being able to work from anywhere and get access to all kinds of cool people and information – and the looming recognition- that being…

April 29, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Din & Denial in the Digital Garden of Eden

Remember the days when a piercing was shocking?  Or a tattoo? Nowadays, you have to implant ‘devil horns‘ under your skin, get eyeball jewelry or other forms of bodymodding to turn some heads. The practices applied range from splitting your…

April 14, 2011, by

Lifestyle

How Social Media Leads to “Social Crash”

We have seen the Financial Crisis. We got bailed out into a hypothetical state of stability. But how to bail out when social network relationships fail? Introduction The more our relationships of networking and nurturing are being outsourced to the…

April 5, 2011, by

Lifestyle

Here’s Why Online Relationships are Mostly Misunderstood

Recently, I read an article called “The Social Media Bubble” by Umair Haque, Director of the Havas Media Lab on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Its hypothesis: The Net doesn’t increase connectivity and social change. In fact, it leans towards degeneration:…

March 25, 2011, by

Learning English

So-Called Canadian Culture

A Contradiction In Terms The problem with trying to write an article about Canadian culture is rather simple. As a Canadian, I am well placed to be fully aware that most Canadians have renounced any concept of a Canadian culture….

December 15, 2010, by

Learning English

American Culture: The Imperfect Hero

Movie Logic In American television and film culture, or put another way, movie logic, we encounter, with overwhelming frequency, the flawed, imperfect action hero. The flaws in this hero are usually obvious. They are easy to see, and easy to…

December 14, 2010, by

Learning English

A Flower Pot

A Flower Pot By Jeremiah Bourque This is a flower pot. What is a flower pot for? It is not for cooking. It is for holding flowers. One puts the flowers into the pot. The flowers are displayed while in…

December 13, 2010, by

Learning English

Mongering Hope

Deny Not Others Their Hope. Semi-occasionally, I glance at the blog by Andrew Sullivan. Not that this is his fault, as he’s quoting two other people having an online argument, but this post is grievously depressing. Essentially, it began with…

December 13, 2010, by

Learning English

American Culture: The American Civil War

Still Impacting American Culture Today It’s probably very difficult for non-Americans to appreciate how the American Civil War still has a great impact on American culture. I might even call this a defining impact that helps define Americans’ identity of…

November 4, 2010, by

News

What to keep in mind when visiting Germany, a free Ebook

Hello everyone. This will be a short one. The last few days I’ve been working on a little booklet for people who want to go to Germany for a holiday or longer period and would like to find out more…

October 6, 2010, by

News

Konichi-Wa, Shalom and Hello World!

If you follow us on Twitter you might have noticed those recent posts containing weird non-Western characters like (げいしゃ) or (אהבה). I’m talking of course about our two new language-specific blogs maintained by the  Learn Out Live department leaders, one…

October 4, 2010, by