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Shannon Rupp

Vancouver-based Shannon Rupp is a contributing editor for The Tyee.

Twitter: ShannonRupp

Stories by Shannon Rupp

opinion

Postmedia Baron Godfrey's Gobsmacking Audacity

Now he wants your money to bail out his assault on journalism.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 May 2016


mediacheck

Ever Uncompromising, 'The Good Wife' Comes to an End

From ageism to ableism, few stereotypes left unbroken in this legal drama.

By Shannon Rupp, 29 Apr 2016


culture

Embracing the Brave New, and Creepy, Bots

Should we trade ethics and human contact for machines that pretend to like us?

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Apr 2016


mediacheck

Testing Blendle, the Newest New News Distributor

It's pick-and-pay journalism with a money-back-guarantee. But will the model devalue the product itself?

By Shannon Rupp, 31 Mar 2016


mediacheck

Clinton Nabs the Pretend Vile Women Endorsement

Watching US political ads, every appeal feels more surreal.

By Shannon Rupp, 17 Mar 2016


mediacheck

Breaking Cable? Skinny TV Is an Inspiration

The real problem is people aren't buying what companies are selling.

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Mar 2016


mediacheck

Learning to Love 'Advertainment'

In a disrupted industry, well-placed products pay artists. Audiences needn't suffer.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Feb 2016


culture

Six Podcasts for Lonely Hearts

No V-Day plans? Spend quality time with these love lessons and confessions.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Feb 2016


culture

Peak Buzzword? Tough Times Ahead for 'Influencer' Biz

PR disasters prove consumers hunger for truth, not chocolate with beards.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Jan 2016


culture

Podcast Overload: Soundtrack to Your New Year's Resolutions

May we suggest taking Sarah Koenig to the gym? Or, declutter with BBC blockbusters.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Jan 2016


mediacheck

Tiny Copyright Decision Gives Hard News Lovers Big Hope

Journo-owned media shop Blacklock's Reporter battled a breach of their paywall, and won.

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Dec 2015


culture

Seven Tasty Podcasts for Cookie Baking (or Burning) Season

December already? Pass the dark humour and pagan history, please.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Dec 2015


culture

Podcast Picks: Gilmore Guys, Millennials, Startups, Oh My!

Call it news from the niches. Binge listeners welcome.

By Shannon Rupp, 4 Nov 2015


culture

'No Googling!' Fool Your Friends with Surreal Election Headlines

Snitch lines. Brothel tales. It's not easy sifting news from satire.

By Shannon Rupp, 17 Oct 2015


culture

Four Podcasts that Beat Your High School History Class

Indie shows revisit hoaxes, rebellions and socialites through the centuries.

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Oct 2015


culture

Politics Imitates Art with 'The Best Laid Plans: A Musical'

A needed antidote in the age of #peegate, the show opens tonight in Vancouver.

By Shannon Rupp, 19 Sep 2015


culture

Four Podcasts for Election Boycotters (and One for Polling Wonks)

Tyee's recommended listening considers crime, love and pop mega-hit masochism.

By Shannon Rupp, 4 Sep 2015


mediacheck

'Outsiders Still': Real Talk for Would-Be Female Reporters

Vivian Smith's book a window into glass ceiling of Canadian newsrooms.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Aug 2015


mediacheck

Four Deep Dive Podcasts for News and Culture Junkies

Join the headphones-on-transit revolution with these heavyweight shows.

By Shannon Rupp, 31 Jul 2015


mediacheck

I'm Calling It: Podcasting Is the Future of Journalism

Millions of listeners, investigative scores and cash flow make this model a winner.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Jul 2015


culture

'UnReal' Deliciously Skewers Reality TV

Biting satire from 'The Bachelor' alumna? I didn't believe it either.

By Shannon Rupp, 4 Jul 2015


mediacheck

Hold it! Twitter 'Shaming' Serves a Purpose

'Victims' so obnoxious they draw social media wrath? They've earned their hell.

By Shannon Rupp, 26 Jun 2015


culture

Torture Porn: Diversion for Our Messed Up World

What else but social anxiety can explain this spike in TV brutality?

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Jun 2015


culture

What's Behind the Cannes Flap over Flats?

Banning comfy shoes at film festival is a bid to exclude women from the workplace.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 May 2015


culture

Twitter Quitter Joss Whedon, I Get Your Fatigue

Anyone sucked into the farce of online vanity vending can sympathize.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 May 2015


culture

Where Will Don Draper Land?

Our crystal ball predicts the moody ad man ends his days in swank retirement, tweeting bon mots.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Apr 2015


culture

The French Are Holier than Toi

And our love of strict manuals on life a la Parisienne says a lot about us.

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Apr 2015


culture

How Clever Ikea Ads Make Us Feel Smart

When pranksters trick snooty art lovers, it's pure schadenfreude.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Mar 2015


culture

Is There an Upside to a Measles Outbreak?

Here's one: experts are publicly shaming anti-vaxxers.

By Shannon Rupp, 4 Mar 2015


culture

To Help People Fall in Love, Don't Do This

Still, even the sketchiest romance experiment can be revealing.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Feb 2015


mediacheck

In Praise of Reporters Who Stir the Pot

Media critic Jesse Brown is making waves -- and a few enemies -- in journalism circles.

By Shannon Rupp, 29 Jan 2015


opinion

There's Sitcom Potential in those CBC Missteps

Or, to quote Elvis Costello: 'I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.'

By Shannon Rupp, 17 Jan 2015


culture

Online Distractions for that Entertainment Sinkhole Known as January

From Serial to UK radio dramas, the Internet has plenty to amuse us until spring.

By Shannon Rupp, 2 Jan 2015


culture

Enough! Here's What 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is Truly About

And why pretty much everyone who covers the hoary ol' tune fails miserably.

By Shannon Rupp, 24 Dec 2014


culture

Put a Jingle on That: Why the Worst People Make the Best Christmas Movie Heroes

Sketchy characters suffer few consequences if they can demonstrate holiday panache.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Dec 2014


culture

Why Katniss Frightens Dictators

'Hunger Games' teen heroine is fiercely independent -- to the point of subversion.

By Shannon Rupp, 27 Nov 2014


culture

How to Catch a Liar

The truth is in the details -- but you have to listen hard.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Nov 2014


culture

Do eBooks Make Us Dumber?

If you want to follow the plot of your favourite mystery, read the print version.

By Shannon Rupp, 31 Oct 2014


culture

'Serial' Podcast: True Crime Storytelling at Its Finest

To call it addictive is an understatement. But should I be this entertained?

By Shannon Rupp, 18 Oct 2014


culture

From Mix Tape to iPod to... What Now?

Have tech whizzes forgotten people who love to make, and give, playlists?

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Oct 2014


culture

Aiming for A-List? Time to Get Shameless

One self-promoting author reminds us of the thin line between crazy and crazy genius.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Sep 2014


mediacheck

Time to Regulate the News Media

Comedian John Oliver's right about our self-destructing press. Here's what to do about it.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Aug 2014


mediacheck

Why Does The Province's Theatre Critic Use a Fake Name?

And more strange tales from today's blurry frontiers of arts coverage.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Jul 2014


culture

Feeling Nostalgeek?

Set in the retro floppy disk early 1980s, 'Halt and Catch Fire' is brilliant TV.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Jul 2014


culture

Foodies and Readers: You Must Know Laurie Colwin

June is the perfect time to savour this likable kitchen companion.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Jun 2014


mediacheck

Sorry CBC TV, Canada Is a Radio Nation

Save those dwindling taxpayer dimes for a medium that matters.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Jun 2014


culture

'It's the Hamster's Ass'

Liven up your lexicon with slang that truly reflects the way we live now.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 May 2014


culture

Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

I have a theory. And a list of great ones to watch as solace.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 May 2014


culture

No One's a Critic

Without fearless, trustworthy arts reviewers, we're left to waste the night away.

By Shannon Rupp, 2 May 2014


culture

Thank the Gender Wars! The Return of 'Oleanna'

Done with nuance, what Mamet's notorious sexual harassment play tells us today.

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Apr 2014


culture

'Angry Kids & Stressed Out Parents'

CBC doc on how poverty affects young brains may turn you into an early education evangelist, too.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Mar 2014


opinion

I'll Take My Coffee with Fiction, Thanks

Can't stomach what passes for 'news' these days? Wake up with a short story instead.

By Shannon Rupp, 6 Mar 2014


opinion

No Valentine? I Hear the Economy's Desperate

Plagued by rising singledom, Cupid's Day retailers look to woo a different crowd.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Feb 2014


culture

Eeeuuuwww Jasmine

Woody Allen's latest work, per usual, is full of clues to who he really is.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Feb 2014


opinion

Toast Is the New Cupcake

Glutenous villain no more, the lowly slab gets a makeover.

By Shannon Rupp, 23 Jan 2014


culture

In Defence of 'Downton Abbey'

By the same person who told you I hate 'Breaking Bad.' Hey, sometimes drek delights.

By Shannon Rupp, 4 Jan 2014


opinion

Santa Wasn't Born Bad

Society made him that way. Look what the churches, the Victorians and corporations did to a fun little pagan winter fest.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Dec 2013


opinion

An 'Infidel' Writes: Dear Mr. Pallister, Since You Asked

Christianity is free to borrow the Winter Solstice, but don't forget who lent it to you.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Dec 2013


opinion

Sauder's Rape Chant Response Fails PR 101

UBC business school teaches leadership, or so it's promoted. Might be nice if they showed some.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Nov 2013


mediacheck

Free Labour in the Digital Sweatshop? Free Yourself!

Next time some website asks you to work without pay, summon your inner-artisan.

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Nov 2013


books

Has Canada Seen Its Last Alice Munro?

Only if we let those old-fashioned Gilmour guys ignore Canadian writers.

By Shannon Rupp, 18 Oct 2013


opinion

Engagement Rings Are Hardly Romantic

Sparkly rocks remind us of a time when women were property.

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Oct 2013


culture

'Breaking Bad,' Latest in Depravity TV

I can only stand so much evil mixed with bad decor and call it entertainment.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Sep 2013


opinion

Internet, Save Me From the Summer Doldrums

A recap of August stories made better by the chatter of the mob.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Aug 2013


opinion

I'm Allergic to Everything!

With seemingly healthy foods suddenly verboten, I have to wonder: Is bacon my new best friend?

By Shannon Rupp, 29 Aug 2013


mediacheck

A Novel Idea for Newspapers: Help Us Shop

And who better to marry quality media with online malls than new WaPo owner, Amazon's Bezos?

By Shannon Rupp, 15 Aug 2013


mediacheck

Licia Corbella, Journalism Thanks You

Reaction to Calgary editorial writer's anti-harm reduction rant proves news still works in this country.

By Shannon Rupp, 24 Jul 2013


mediacheck

Why Women Don't Care about 'Current Affairs'

A theory that could help newspapers win their most lucrative ad audience back.

By Shannon Rupp, 18 Jul 2013


mediacheck

Be Employable, Study Philosophy

Unsolicited advice for those entering the brave new world of work, or worse, journalism.

By Shannon Rupp, 27 Jun 2013


mediacheck

How Harper's Office Is Playing News Editor

Can you spot the 'scoops' that a PMO flack provided to journalists?

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Jun 2013


opinion

The Brothers Ford and the Charm Problem

Don't confuse crass with class. Putting money over manners is a sign of the times.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Jun 2013


mediacheck

Put Down that Newspaper!

Websites like Gawker are today's news-breakers. Here's how to stay on top of the online info flux.

By Shannon Rupp, 24 May 2013


opinion

The Rise of the Aristocrat

You know the economy's bad when pop culture gets keen on the uber-rich.

By Shannon Rupp, 17 May 2013


culture

Care to Reserve a Tweet-Seat?

A playwright and a critic debate whether tweeting during shows signals the apocalypse.

By Mark Leiren-Young and Shannon Rupp, 4 May 2013


mediacheck

TV's Turning Point: Piracy Good for Business

Witness HBO honcho's pleased reaction to illegal downloads of 'Game of Thrones'.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Apr 2013


opinion

Mourners for Hire: Latest Twist to Age of Narcissism

Boomers going out the way they grew up: the Me Generation.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Apr 2013


mediacheck

Why Blog When You Can Flog?

Graduates take note: Have you considered becoming a shill?

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Mar 2013


mediacheck

Paywall Woes

The great hope for preserving newspapers online may just be slowing the inevitable.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Mar 2013


culture

Shocked! Shocked! At the Tawdry Oscars!

That dirty host! All those side boobs! And so much false outrage!

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Feb 2013


opinion

The Jane Austen Guide to Manliness

Or how not to be suckered by today's heavily marketed 'masculinity crisis.'

By Shannon Rupp, 23 Feb 2013


culture

Movies Suck

The elephant in the theatre is this: films aren't even worth pirating these days.

By Shannon Rupp, 31 Jan 2013


culture

Your January TV Workout

Vlog, don't jog! Plus, more highly watchable series on screens this season.

By Shannon Rupp, 19 Jan 2013


mediacheck

Has 'This Is That' Fooled You Once?

And is it fair for the public broadcaster to peddle satire in a post-humorous world?

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Dec 2012


culture

The Nutcracker Reconsidered

I once saw it as ballet's answer to fruitcake. But this year, something cracked. Do you agree?

By Shannon Rupp, 7 Dec 2012


opinion

Peddling God to Schoolkids? Pay up, Christian Soldier

Chilliwack school board's decision whether to axe Gideon bible giveaway raises an interesting funding opportunity.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Nov 2012


mediacheck

An Old School News Site that Minds Ottawa's Business

New 'Blacklock's Reporter' vows to cover the Hill in all its dry glory, with no 'jib-jab.'

By Shannon Rupp, 26 Oct 2012


books

'Ballerina' and 'The Opening Act'

Two juicy, retrospective reads that boost the much-neglected field of arts writing.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Oct 2012


books

Did You Just Pay Too Much for That eBook?

A lot of great, nearly free lit out there, but big publishers won't tell you.

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Oct 2012


opinion

Halt, Sidewalk Cycling Menace!

In Vancouver, who but vigilante citizens will keep rogue bikers off pedestrian footpaths?

By Shannon Rupp, 27 Sep 2012


mediacheck

Why Old Media Fears the Wente Story

Globe and Mail's reaction to claims a columnist plagiarized unveils a world of journalism taboos.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Sep 2012


opinion

The New Posers

Kiddie pole dance as sport? Lap dance as art? Assessing recent claims of the bump-and-grind industry.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Sep 2012


books

Jan Wong's Happy Next Chapter

The former Globe star writer's self-published depression memoir is a hot seller, and she's having a blast teaching young journos.

By Shannon Rupp, 10 Aug 2012


culture

Defying Fear of Censorship, Theatre Companies Act

After 'Proud' play satirizing Harper government was nixed in Toronto, nine cities hold readings. This Sunday in Vancouver.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Jul 2012


culture

'The Newsroom'

Otherwise known as Aaron Sorkin's diaries. The pursuit of truth never seemed so unreal.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Jul 2012


opinion

Tits 'n' Apps

Toshiba.ca advertisement marks the return of retro sexism. Why do we tolerate it?

By Shannon Rupp, 23 Jun 2012


mediacheck

For Hire: Professional Real People

Graduates take heart. Social media marketers will pay you for your authenticity.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 May 2012


opinion

Relating to Dr. Divi

At Vancouver's Wellness Show, a doctor's pitch for intuitive healing leaves me feeling queasy.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Mar 2012


opinion

Shadow Workers of the World, Revolt!

Social media made free labour of us all, and now grocers are catching on. I quit.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Feb 2012


mediacheck

How to Entertain Yourself for Free, Digitally

January is the frugal month. Here's how I'm getting by.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Jan 2012


mediacheck

A New Award for Pseudo-Satire, The Swiftys

Winners must have done something so ridiculous it's redundant to mock them. Your nominees?

By Shannon Rupp, 19 Jan 2012


mediacheck

Why So Many Are Turning off TV World

Consider the high price of getting 60 channels of drivel. Consider the fast growing options.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Jan 2012


books

'Scroogenomics': Finally the Perfect Xmas Gift

Business prof Joel Waldfogel taught me why exchanging presents just doesn't make sense.

By Shannon Rupp, 6 Dec 2011


culture

Creating Holiday Memories, Not Garbage

Listen to what some funny people are unwrapping for Christmas: themselves.

By Shannon Rupp, 2 Dec 2011


mediacheck

Occupiers, Big Media Wants Your Help!

Latest innovations by news corporations out to make more cash by doing less journalism.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Oct 2011


mediacheck

Why Name Contest 'Canada Reads'? Should Be 'Authors Beg'

Help! CBC's national book vote has created a legion of writer cyber-shills!

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Oct 2011


opinion

Legion of Cell Phone Resisters: Count Me in!

Everyone says I need a cell phone. And so I don't want one.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Aug 2011


opinion

Why Do I Keep Taking Pictures of My Food?

And then why am I compelled to post my foodtography online? Weirdly, I'm not alone.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Jun 2011


books

I Feel Great About My Hands

Notable women writers reflect on 'doing old' well. Book launch this Wednesday!

By Shannon Rupp, 18 May 2011


opinion

Memo to Iggy, Jack and Liz: Get Strategic!

On behalf of the Lesser of Evils Party, may I suggest you tell your supporters to just plain vote against Stephen Harper?

By Shannon Rupp, 29 Apr 2011


mediacheck

Artists Wage 2.0 Attacks on Harper

ShitHarperDid.com is zooming, and catchy tune 'Steve, It's Time to Leave' is catching on.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Apr 2011


mediacheck

Use Twitter to Interrogate Politicians Publicly

The medium's potential to confront the privileged and powerful is perfect for election time. Tweet 'em good.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Mar 2011


books

Ophelia Benson, Public Atheist

The fearless writer, at UBC tonight, says feminists should take on the major monotheist religions.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Jan 2011


mediacheck

2010: Year of the Really Super New New Journalism

Reporters are repeaters, content is king, and Oprah is a journalist.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Dec 2010


culture

How 'Mad Men' Sold Us

Draper's into kink. Sterling's flogging a memoir. The show seduces through pure marketing genius (just in time for Christmas!)

By Shannon Rupp, 23 Nov 2010


books

Terry Fallis, Self-Made Satirist

He published his own novel, made a podcast, and got famous. Funny thing, he wouldn't advise you try it.

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Oct 2010


mediacheck

Facebook Follies: The New Crowd-Sourced Lit

Social media makes us all characters in our own public productions. It's literature on the hoof!

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Aug 2010


opinion

You Go Patti!

Vancouver School Board chair's tart-tongued defence fits fresh trend: politicians sticking up for the public interest.

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Jun 2010


mediacheck

How to Drive Your Employees Nuts: CBC's Leaked Survey

The Mothercorp, wanting to blend TV and radio news reporting, imposed something called 'The Hub' and asked how staff liked it. Hubbub ensued.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 May 2010


culture

Avatar-ocracy

'Best Before,' a show in the Cultural Olympiad, lets its audience of role playing gamers write the ending, and it's a scary one.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Jan 2010


books

That's Oprah-essive!

To slick peddlers of 'power of positive thinking' pap, Barbara Ehrenreich says bleh.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Jan 2010


opinion

Boob Related Gift Ideas

Depending on how you define the term, two perfect presents.

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Dec 2009


mediacheck

The Rise of the Citizen Doctor

Welcome to a new age of amateur scientists and quack healers. Thanks media!

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Oct 2009


opinion

In Praise of the Lusty Geek

A study out of Amsterdam suggests sexual longing promotes logical thinking. Hmmmm.

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Sep 2009


mediacheck

Science Discovers Celebrities Are Useful for Something

A lot of fame that deserves to be fleeting, isn't. Stanford brains figured out why.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Jul 2009


mediacheck

Against Social Media

Twittering is just frittering as we amuse ourselves to death.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Jun 2009


culture

Second Life's Losers

People who fall in love with online avatars. Maybe not so weird.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Jan 2009


books

The Porn Glut

Out of my way, kid. Gimme that normalized degrading sexual imagery.

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Jan 2009


opinion

A Tyee Series

Idea #5: Beware of Neuromarketing

Adults are taught to be skeptical. But the subconscious is like a toddler.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Dec 2008


opinion

New Depression Chic

It's not a recession, so much as a style. Here's how to get with it.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Dec 2008


mediacheck

How We Can Reinvent TV

The web now allows us to bypass the studios. At last, artists will run the shows.

By Shannon Rupp, 24 Nov 2008


opinion

Risk Written on Their Faces

Harvard researchers: Blame stock market meltdown on too much testosterone.

By Shannon Rupp, 17 Oct 2008


blogs

Harper paying political price as artists bash back

By Shannon Rupp, 10 Oct 2008


blogs

Sarah Palin’s Canadian connection?

By Shannon Rupp, 7 Oct 2008


blogs

Top that, Tina Fey!

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Oct 2008


opinion

To Hell with Manners!

Does smashing someone's cellphone strike a blow for civility?

By Shannon Rupp, 19 Sep 2008


opinion

Give Us the Gold in Whining

Canada's athletes inspire. Too bad our politicians and media lack mettle.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Aug 2008


opinion

Whites Sneering at Whites

Persons of pink mocking themselves is hot, and two Canadians are cashing in.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Aug 2008


mediacheck

Silly Boys' Club: Steyn and CIC

Insulting women is sport. Should I file our rights complaint?

By Shannon Rupp, 9 Jul 2008


mediacheck

What's So Great About Beauty?

From soap ads to elections, looking good is way overrated.

By Shannon Rupp, 9 Jun 2008


opinion

Green Sell: Do You Buy It?

My EPIC journey into the new eco-marketing.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 May 2008


books

Bookwinked into Bed

Ever lied about your reading prowess just for sex? Many, it seems, have.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Apr 2008


opinion

Make Whoopee, Not Carbon!

Earth Hour could have been sold so much better.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Mar 2008


mediacheck

The Network that Hates Women

'Cashmere Mafia' makes it official. ABC is worst of sexist US TV.

By Shannon Rupp, 5 Mar 2008


opinion

Life Begins At Nano

Female, over 30 and overstressed? Virtue is just a podcast away.

By Shannon Rupp, 26 Dec 2007


culture

Brunettes Have it Better

A born-blonde reflects on 'The Blonde Mystique.'

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Nov 2007


culture

The Girl Whisperers

Secrets of TV heroines who corral female fans.

By Shannon Rupp, 6 Nov 2007


mediacheck

Flushing Readers

Newspapers give up on the news thing.

By Shannon Rupp, 18 Oct 2007


opinion

A Tyee Series

Nosh 'n' Ride: New Craze?

Tour de Blintz gives fresh meaning to the food cycle.

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Aug 2007


opinion

It's Too Easy Being Green

How current food greenwashing feeds profits not preservation.

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Jul 2007


books

White Wedding Willies

'Tradition' merely parts fools from their money.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Jun 2007


opinion

How to 'Reconcile' the Mini-Me Pet Trend

Cures: puppy Prozac, psychics or leashes.

By Shannon Rupp, 15 May 2007


books

Living Small

When did decorating a tight space become 'therapy'?

By Shannon Rupp, 8 May 2007


culture

The Boy's Got Bite

Why people are vamping it up again, a century after 'Dracula.'

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Mar 2007


culture

Jack Bauer's No Right Winger

Conservatives have picked the wrong anti-hero.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Mar 2007


culture

The Tyee's Own Oscars

Who really won? George W., dresses and lesbians, among others.

By Dorothy Woodend, Steve Burgess and Shannon Rupp, 26 Feb 2007


news

Transsexual Loses Fight with Women's Shelter

Complex case asked: What's discrimination?

By Shannon Rupp, 3 Feb 2007


opinion

Reporters without Shirts

How news people can win trust. An immodest proposal.

By Shannon Rupp, 30 Jan 2007


opinion

Me, a Yoga Devil?

If suffering is the road to redemption, yoga is the autobahn.

By Shannon Rupp, 17 Jan 2007


culture

'I'm from Rolling Stone' and I'm Compelling TV

Best o' the new realities.

By Shannon Rupp, 10 Jan 2007


opinion

Fire Thongs

Wildest Tyee of 2006 #4: Richmond firefighters must wear boxers? We can do better.

By Shannon Rupp, 26 Dec 2006


opinion

Jingle Hell

War on Christmas? Where do I enlist?

By Shannon Rupp, 19 Dec 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

No-Dust Giving

This competition is about creativity, not consumption. Game On.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Dec 2006


opinion

Christianity Is So Gay

It is if you read the news, and 2000 years, a certain way.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Dec 2006


culture

Edge of the Stage

‘Diplomacy’ from Vancouver’s hot political theatre scene.

By Shannon Rupp, 10 Nov 2006


opinion

Fire Thongs

Richmond firefighters must wear boxers? We can do better.

By Shannon Rupp, 26 Oct 2006


opinion

A Tyee Series

Confessions of a Mad Decorator

In search of recycled heaven.

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Sep 2006


mediacheck

Veteran Journalist Fired, Rehired by Times Colonist

Briefly dumped after column critical of tourism industry.

By Shannon Rupp, 25 Jul 2006


opinion

Pitching Woo-Woo

Why is UBC promoting New Age pseudoscience?

By Shannon Rupp, 20 Jul 2006


books

How Journalists Invented Ethics

And why they still struggle to get it right.

By Shannon Rupp, 13 Jul 2006


opinion

Born unto Brangelina, a Sign!

Cult of the Bump begets Shiloh.

By Shannon Rupp, 29 May 2006


culture

The 'TV Is Evil' Industry

Does the box really make teens fat, stupid and hot for sex?

By Shannon Rupp, 9 May 2006


culture

Must Listen TV

Soapy shows revive the joy of musical discovery.

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Apr 2006


opinion

Dust and Lust

The point at which sex and housekeeping collide.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Apr 2006


mediacheck

Here Comes the 'Propaganda Novel'

Product placement taken to a new literary level.

By Shannon Rupp, 1 Mar 2006


opinion

'The War on Christmas'

Yep, it's raging. But who are the real enemies?

By Shannon Rupp, 21 Dec 2005


mediacheck

'Write Dirty for Me'

Slap the monkey? Slap the editor!

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Dec 2005


culture

'Fag Hag' Anthro

Women who love gay men, for some good reasons.

By Shannon Rupp, 29 Sep 2005


culture

Who Let Tommy Lee on Campus?

For TV, a college lets the creepy rocker ogle frosh and debase higher learning.

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Aug 2005


culture

Save the Brats!

'Brat Camp' turns child abuse into tele-tainment.

By Shannon Rupp, 27 Jul 2005


opinion

Belittling Belinda

We're told she's a 'blonde bombshell heartbreaking attractive dipstick whore.' Nothing gender specific, of course.

By Shannon Rupp, 18 May 2005


news

CanWest Metro Move Preserves Daily Dominance

Competition Bureau says move increases advertising competition — its only concern.

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Mar 2005


news

Free Sheets Mean Piles of Litter

The profusion of throwaway transit papers in Toronto created disposal difficulties.

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Mar 2005


news

The Invasion of the Tiny Tabs

Despite evidence that up-market content also pays, it's daily transit freebies that are sweeping North America.

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Mar 2005


news

The Invasion of the Tiny Tabs

Despite evidence that up-market content also pays, it's daily transit freebies that are sweeping North America.

By Shannon Rupp, 11 Mar 2005


news

Three New Dailies to Flood Vancouver Area

Rival transit papers rush to fill an internationally explosive market niche.

By Shannon Rupp, 10 Mar 2005


mediacheck

Reading: The New Sexy

Women can’t resist a ‘good booking’ man, claims Penguin. I’m hot just thinking about it.

By Shannon Rupp, 9 Dec 2004


opinion

Big House 'Good Thing' for Martha

First she'll perfect the art of the cell. Then...?

By Shannon Rupp, 14 Jul 2004


mediacheck

Journalism's Chronic Illness

Fabulists abound, and a new study says Canadians don't trust the news. Yet the media's current crisis is business as usual.

By Shannon Rupp, 7 Jul 2004


opinion

How the Bloc Will Save Canada

The election math indicates one almost certain outcome: the savvy left-winger from Quebec will hold real power.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Jun 2004


mediacheck

What Do Women Want in a Newspaper?

Certainly not the drivel 'targeted' at us. And if you think female editors would do better, think again.

By Shannon Rupp, 8 Mar 2004


opinion

Plumbing the History of the New Cleavage

Low-slung trousers are hot, but I see a bad moon rising.

By Shannon Rupp, 16 Feb 2004


opinion

Santa Wasn't Born Bad

Society made him that way. Look what the Churches, the Victorians and corporations did to a fun little pagan winter fest.

By Shannon Rupp, 12 Dec 2003


opinion

Barbie's Crusade to Cute-ify the Classics

Mattel will bend any old story to bore into girls' minds, even if it means sticking a unicorn in Swan Lake. OK, but why stop there?

By Shannon Rupp, 28 Nov 2003