My Year of Living Canadian
January 17, 2011 11:03 PM   Subscribe

My Year of Living Canadian
For the year of 2011, I’m living Canadian. For 12 months, I will only buy Canadian products, eat Canadian food and consume Canadian media. I’m documenting my progress through a website, and plan to publish a book about my project in 2012.
posted by dbarefoot (8 comments total)

Some professor-friends of mine did this for a while. Might be worthwhile to read up on their experiences along the way.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:40 PM on January 19, 2011

You know that MetaFilter isn't Canadian, right?
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:01 PM on January 19, 2011

You know that MetaFilter isn't Canadian, right?

You know that people from across the world utilize metafilter right?
posted by Fizz at 1:40 PM on January 19, 2011 [1 favorite]

He does kind of have a valid point, though. I mean, Canadian citizens posting to MetaFilter doesn't make MetaFilter "Canadian." Would having a Canadian-born actor star in a Hollywood movie make that movie "Canadian?" I don't think so.

If Internet sites are stateless, MetaFilter isn't Canadian. If Internet sites retain the citizenship of their founders and/or moderators, MetaFilter isn't Canadian (they're all USians, aren't they?). The only way MetaFilter could be considered "Canadian" would be if your metric relied on the physical location of its servers, and some of those servers were in Canada.

To maintain the purity of his project, I think dbarefoot will have to talk a Canadian friend into starting a Canadian blog hosted on Canadian servers that scrapes Metafilter for content. Or s/he will have to go without MetaFilter altogether for the year.
posted by jsturgill at 10:45 PM on January 19, 2011

If you check out this handy chart, you'll see that I've sequestered the 'Internet' category in December, 2012. The categories are cumulative, so I put that at the end of the year.

I think I'll just have to forego MetaFilter for that month.
posted by dbarefoot at 3:44 PM on January 20, 2011

And by December, 2012, I mean December, 2011.
posted by dbarefoot at 3:44 PM on January 20, 2011

I think you're missing out leaving music to the end of the year.
posted by arcticseal at 6:57 AM on January 24, 2011

Speaking as a Canadian, if you manage to find a coherent national identify outside of colonial hangovers, please do tell us. We'd like to know.
posted by converge at 4:14 AM on January 31, 2011

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