100 Watts : The Social Imagination

My column this week had to do with the connections between free speech to language and literature as brought forward by the late Northrop Frye.

You can read it here:

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I recently re-read Frye’s book “The Educated Imagination” which is a collection of 6 lectures Frye did as part of the 1962 CBC Massey series.

You can listen to the lectures on the CBC website here:

Page 64 zeros in on the subject of Free speech, and the quote I selected for my column seemed appropriate given the overtly restrictive code of conduct that was unleashed at the Aurora Farmers Market (& Artisan Fair).

Frye offers the following observation on free speech as a component of being Canadian:

“For most of us, free speech is cultivated speech, but cultivating speech is not just a skill, like playing chess.  You can’t cultivate speech, beyond a certain point, unless you have something to say, and the basis of what you have to say is your vision of society.  So while free speech may be, at least at present, important only to a very small minority, that very small minority is what makes the difference between living in Canada and living in East Berlin or South Africa.”

Is the Aurora Farmers Market (& Artisan Fair) Executive Comittee poised to eliminate that difference through mob control?

Certainly appears so after reading comments in the Auroran and over on The AuroraCitizen blog. 
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