Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Islamic State explained

CBC held a panel discussion answering viewers questions on Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

The panelists were:

  • CBC News senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault
  • former CSIS official Ray Boisvert
  • Janice Stein of the Munk School for Foreign Affairs
  • Kamran Bokhari of STRATFOR Global Intelligence

It’s worth a watch.

Tue, August 26 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

IPCC draft report warns of irreversible climate change

From the NYT:

Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. (more…)

Tue, August 26 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

U.S. journalist freed from captivity in Syria

Peter Theo Curtis in an undated screen capture of a video showing him in captivity.

Peter Theo Curtis in an undated screen capture of a video showing him in captivity.

Peter Theo Curtis, an American freelance journalist captured in Syria by an al Qaeda-linked group, was freed Sunday after nearly two years in captivity. (more…)

Mon, August 25 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Mr. Carr takes a second look at ‘Vice’

New York Times media columnist David Carr wrote about Vice in 2010. He has now taken a second look at the renegades, and decided that it has matured into a legitimate source of hard news that even young people will watch. (more…)

Mon, August 25 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Last call: The end of printed newspapers’

Leading Internet thinker Clay Shirky published another provocative essay on what he sees as the dismal future of newspapers. Changes in advertising will inevitably mean more closures of them, he argues. (more…)

Sat, August 23 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video

Kathy English, the Toronto Star‘s public editor, admits she’s more squeamish than Michael Cooke, the paper’s editor, when it comes to things such as posting the video leading up to the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley.

She wouldn’t have posted the Islamic State-made video at all. I’m on her side in this one. (more…)

Fri, August 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

More on the murder of James Foley

The U.S. FBI confirmed Wednesday that the video of photojournalist James Foley being killed by an Islamic State militant was real.

With Foley’s death confirmed, other news began to spill out: The U.S. had tried a commando raid into Syria but it failed to find Foley and the other hostages, and that IS made a ransom demand before killing the 40-year-old American. (more…)

Wed, August 20 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Islamic State militants murder captive U.S. photojournalist

An undated image of photojournalist James Foley, taken from FindJamesFoley.org

An undated image of photojournalist James Foley, taken from FindJamesFoley.org

The psychopaths at Islamic State are at it again. They released a video purportedly showing the murder of U.S. photojournalist James Foley, who had been captured in Syria back in November 2012. (more…)

Tue, August 19 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Thoughts on depression from an artistic mind’

Writer Michael Redhill penned some thoughts on the scourge of depression from the perspective of someone who has suffered with bouts of it for about four decades. (more…)

Sat, August 16 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

CTV cuts back episodes, lays off staff at ‘W5′

Citing a weak advertising market, CTV News has announced layoffs and a reduction in the number of original episodes for W5, its investigative and current-affairs show. (more…)

Fri, August 15 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments