Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Afghanistan's information highway — or footway

A BBC reporter talks about RTA, the state broadcaster in Afghanistan, and how pictures of the president never made it to air one night. An excerpt: … The state broadcaster RTA – does not always manage to get its pictures of the president on air, even though this appears to be its primary function. I […]

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Vote for Fahrenheit 9/11 for People's Choice award

That's what the magazine The Nation is urging people to do. In its ActNow! section, columnist Peter Rothenburg noted it was the first time a documentary had ever been nominated for an overall favourite. The People's Choice Awards are considered, among all the awards shows, to be the one which most accurately reflects mainstream public […]

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Ask a film critic

A Q-and-A with Manohla Dargis of the NYT. Some samples: Dec. 10 Q. As a film critic, how do you believe your reading or impression of a film is affected by the subsequent need to write a review of it?— Guy Cardamone, Milwaukee, Wis. A. Writing is thinking, at least for me. I almost always […]

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Challenge of the day: Do a Tom Cruise impression

Formerly successful film director Peter Bogdanovich bemoans the absence of old-time movie stars in a BBC interview. He also said, despite the obsession of many people with Hollywood's celebrities, there were few actor personalities; what he termed the “old-fashioned concept of a star”. “Think about it – Tom Hanks is a very good actor and so […]

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2004 an especially deadly year for journos

Fifty-four journalists have died in 2004, the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported. That makes it the worst year in a decade. According to a BBC story on the CPJ's news release, Iraq was the worst (big surprise there) with 23 journos killed. However, it didn't mention this sentence from the CPJ release:  The vast majority of those […]

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