Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

How Circa structured news

From the Nieman Lab subhead: “Circa’s backend placed every news event into a broader, branched network of stories — providing a structured vision of the larger narratives that other news organizations might not identify from day-to-day copy.” (more…)

Mon, June 29 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

How Islamic State hooked one lonely American girl

A young adult named Alex living in rural America met some of the best friends she ever had online. Too bad they were Islamic State recruiters. (more…)

Sun, June 28 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

‘Decline of Western Civilization’ films re-released

From the NYT (“Penelope Spheeris Reissues ‘Decline of Western Civilization’ Films“):

The arrival of “The Decline of Western Civilization Collection” as a pristine extras-filled box set from Shout Factory this week is to budding punks what a new “Star Wars” movie is to, well, all the other kids: something they never thought they’d get to experience in their lifetimes. (more…)

Sun, June 28 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » No Comments

Ten numbers that speak truths about where the U.S. news business is today

Ken Doctor of Newsonomics has produced a listicle that provides some food for thought about where the news business is and where it is likely going. Apply to Canada where you see fit. (more…)

Fri, June 26 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Alberta to double its modest carbon tax by 2017

From the Globe and Mail (“Alberta to double carbon tax by 2017, strengthen emissions reduction targets“):

Alberta will be doubling its carbon levy over the next two years – the first change in the tax’s eight-year history – as the province works on broader measures to burnish its image as a responsible oil producer. (more…)

Thu, June 25 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Innovative mobile news service Circa runs out of cash


Wed, June 24 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Court orders Dutch government to cut carbon emissions

In what is being called a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has ordered the government to cut carbon emissions by 25 per cent within five years to protect its citizens from climate change. (more…)

Wed, June 24 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Inventor hit kitsch home run with plastic flamingoes

Don Featherstone with flamingoes (Seth Resnick/Science Faction via Corbis)

Don Featherstone was a young art school graduate in the mid-1950s when he invented one of the most enduring lawn ornaments of the 20th century — the plastic pink flamingo. (more…)

Tue, June 23 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae » No Comments

China’s ambitions in the South China Sea

I saw a couple of interesting articles on China and its military/diplomatic manoeuvrings with regard to the strategically crucial South China Sea. Here are links and excerpts: (more…)

Tue, June 23 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Russia’s ‘satirical Wikipedia’ folds, cites regulatory pressure

From the Moscow Times via the Guardian (“Russia’s ‘satirical Wikipedia’ suspends activity after government pressure“):

Lurkmore, a Russian site described as the “satirical Wikipedia”, is suspending its operations because of increasing censorship, founder Dmitry Khomak has announced. (more…)

Tue, June 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments