You’re listening to the University episode of DIU Podcast! This week Gavin brings in the issue of whether or not he should go to his university graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, Jack hijacks Gavin’s issue by bringing in the topic of how post-secondary education isn’t as cracked up as its made out to be.
One more huge shout-out to the Toronto Raptors who were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs on Friday May 27. They went further than most people expected and we’re looking forward to seeing the Raptors back in action next season!
This week Jack brings in the issue of how women claim to want equality with men, but also want additional treatment. The discussion morphs towards the idea that maybe perfect equality isn’t achievable. Instead, we should seek equity among the sexes in hopes of balancing the playing field of life. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the topic of whether or not second generation immigrants should learn their mother tongue when living in North America.
As part one of a two-parter, Jack introduces the three different types of friendzones in this week’s edition of Kao Lui Corner.
In the discussion of Jack’s topic, I mentioned the idea that women carry the bulk of the load for housework. While husband and wife are more likely to share the responsibility of housework in the contemporary era, we still see woman take on the more important, time-pressing, chores.
For example, men are tasked with mowing the lawn (something which can be done whenever the husband feels like it), whereas women are generally tasked with prepping the meal (if dinner is at 6:00 p.m. there’s no way she can procrastinate). Check out the film, Chore Wars: the battle over who cleans the toilet for more information about the housework debate.
I briefly referenced a 2002 study in the journal Demography, titled “Only English by the third generation?: Loss and preservation of the mother tongue among the grandchildren of contemporary immigrants.” by Alba et al.
I recently saw a video floating around Facebook where a company named Waverly Labs is developing wearable technology to allow for instant translation. Each person puts an earpiece into their ears and when they talk, the earpieces (connected to a smartphone) translates the
conversation into their desired language. So far, the language selection is limited to (English, French, Latin, and German).
While the technology is still developing, it’s interesting to think about how new technologies such as this can influence or needs to learn multiple languages in the future.
Building off last week’s issue, Gavin brings in the topic of how Internet filter bubbles subject users to confirmation bias. The end result is a narrowed worldview for millions of Internet users worldwide. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the topic of “girls who fish for complements.”
After the issues, Jack brings in the topic of confidence in this week’s Kao Lui Corner.
Jack’s boi, DT, also gave the show a shoutout via Twitter.
I mentioned looking for a kendama in Japan, and ended up getting this one for around $13 CAD (and the price of getting spammed by kendama-related ads; thanks to filter bubbles).
This is the Gizmodo article I made reference to regarding Facebook’s censorship of right-leaning articles on the trending stories corner.
Idea for the topic of filter bubbles from The Biggest Problem in the Universe (Podcast episode 85).
Jack made reference to Europe banning ultra-skinny models; he was referring to France’s 2015 ban on skinny catwalk models.
This episode was recorded on Thursday, May 12. Since then, the Toronto Raptors have advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Jack did not send me any pessimistic messages during the Raptors 116-89 beatdown of the Miami Heat in game seven. He is officially back on the Toronto Raptors bandwagon! The debate is still ongoing as to whether or not he is a #LoyalFan.
As DIU Podcast continues to grow, the show must find ways to co-exist with the heavily PC (politically correct) world of the 21st century. Gavin brings in the topic of what types of online behaviour is acceptable. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how laptops are a huge disturbance in classes and lectures.
Afterwards, we dive into the Kao Lui Corner where Jack talks about the ever important question of why “nice guys finish last.”
Huge thank you to Shane Saravia for designing the cool cover banner photo on this very website!
After this episode was recorded, Jack sends me this link (to CBC Radio) which supposedly referred to his “doing research” for his laptop issue (even though he didn’t bring up any of the points discussed in the CBC Radio episode).
Research has found that those who take notes on their laptops in classes are more prone to type whatever the lecturer is saying (verbatim) but not necessarily retain the information. In other words, laptop note-takers try to type everything being said, without completely thinking about it. Students who take notes with paper and pen have been found to absorb more information. Although paper note-takers jot down less notes, they are more engaged with the actual lecture.
Welcome to DIU Podcast, Daily Issues Uncovered. A show where we talk about the big issues surrounding our everyday lives (read; first world problems).
In this first episode, we introduce ourselves while talking about the goals of this podcast. Gavin brings in the issue of Hollywood whitewashing (specifically, if this is actually something we should be angry about) while Jack brings in the issue of how he thinks women cheat more than men.
We end the show with Jack’s favourite segment – the Kao Lui Corner – where our very own in-house Love Guru will share his insights on the realms of romance. Feel free to read along with The All Proven Tactics of How to Kao Lui (Introduction).
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I mentioned that actual people from Japan weren’t bothered by the Ghost in the Shell casting. Check out this video (from That Japanese Man Yuta) featuring various street side interviews.
And this video (from Last Week Tonight) criticizing Hollywood whitewashing.
In the show, I mention how the creator of the Ghost in the Shell manga said he was supportive of the Scarlett Johansson casting. I was incorrect in saying this; in actuality it was the manga’s publishing company, Kodansha, which supported the casting decision.
Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast,” Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha’s Tokyo headquarters, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place. (from the Hollywood Reporter)
I also made slight reference to the time when divorce was legalized in Canada. I was trying to make reference to the Divorce Act, but the name slipped my memory at the time of recording.