Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Instagram becoming an instant-news threat to Twitter

Instagram recently passed the 300-million user mark, making it a bigger platform than Twitter, the microblogging platform. While Twitter is still seen as the platform for news junkies, this Wired article touts Instagram as being a serious threat to Twitter’s dominance. (more…)

Mon, December 15 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Lima climate talks end in disappointment

From the Guardian:

International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)

Sun, December 14 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

World media does a whoopsie over Pope’s animals-in-heaven comment

What an irresistible story: Pope Francis said little Fido’s soul would go to heaven when he died! The world’s media jumped on it. Except there’s usually a caveat about irresistible stories. (more…)

Sat, December 13 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

U.S. Senate report damns CIA for torture practices

One of the dark chapters in U.S. intelligence history had some light shined on it through the release of a U.S. Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA from 2002 to 2007.

The report found, according to its redacted executive summary, that the CIA was far more brutal in its interrogation methods than it would publicly admit — and that staining America’s soul through the use of torture provided no intelligence that couldn’t have been obtained through more lawful and moral means. (more…)

Wed, December 10 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Bell Media makes TV, radio staff cuts

From the Globe and Mail:

Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in its latest round of layoffs, citing an “industry-wide challenging advertising market.” (more…)

Wed, November 19 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Harperites want unfettered access to news footage for attack ads

CTV broke a story about how the Conservative government wants to sneak in a law change that would open the coffers of news footage for use in political attack ads — something that gains urgency as Canada moves towards a fall 2015 federal election.

The networks are definitely not happy and the Globe and Mail hopes the whole thing is a trial balloon that will blow away. (more…)

Thu, October 9 2014 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Black-eyed ghost children! The series

The UK’s Daily Star went to town on the topic of black-eyed child ghosts, according to my Twitter feed:

From the Daily Star: Black Eyed Ghost Children covers

Wed, October 8 2014 » Main Page, Minutiae, photos » Comments Off

Syrian town of Kobani may fall to Islamic State despite air strikes

From Reuters:

The U.S. military on Wednesday said air power alone may not save the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants as U.S. officials appeared to brace for the town’s fall. (more…)

Wed, October 8 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

How’s the U.S. bombing campaign going against Islamic State so far?

In three words, not so good. (more…)

Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Canada votes to go bomb Islamic State

CF18 jet performs above the CNE airshow in September 2011

In the House of Commons this evening, MPs voted 157 to 134, with three abstentions, to deploy CF-18s to Iraq to bomb the forces of Islamic State, a savagely militant Islamist group that has taken root there. (more…)

Tue, October 7 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off