Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Islamic State have mastered social media propaganda

While the United States has an overwhelming edge in military might, on the Internetz, Islamic State appears to be winning the propaganda war. (more…)

Fri, August 29 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

NATO and the escalating conflict in Ukraine

CBC Radio’s The Current had a solid panel discussion this morning on what NATO can do with respects to Russia’s “stealth invasion” of Ukraine.

There were three interview subjects in two separate segments:

  • Alec Luhn, a freelance journalist who travels regularly between Ukraine and Russia
  • Bessma Momani, a University of Waterloo political science prof and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation
  • Steve Levine, Washington correspondent for Quartz and author of Putin’s Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia

That started the news day. By the end, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was comparing the Kiev regime to the Nazis. Ukraine called for full membership in NATO, plus a mutual-defence pact with the United States.

Fri, August 29 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Foley, other western hostages waterboarded by IS

From the Washington Post:

At least four hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, including an American journalist who was recently executed by the group, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, according to people familiar with the treatment of the kidnapped Westerners. (more…)

Thu, August 28 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

War reporting: Why bother?

Journalist Tom A. Peter with a bitter jeremiad on why he doesn’t want to risk his life any more when the audience only wants the ‘facts’ that fit their biases. (more…)

Wed, August 27 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

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