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You be the editor

Toronto Star ombudsman Don Sellar offers up three scenarios where you get to play Green Eyeshade Person on a kiddy porn story, managing appearances and the ever-popular “taste.”

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2004: Year of the Blog

Toronto Star media columnist Antonia Zerbisias thinks blogs were the story on her beat for 2004. An excerpt: In media terms, 2004 was definitely the year of the blog. That's why I almost fell off my bar stool last week when a fellow Star scribe revealed he didn't know what a blog is. Hadn't he […]

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Inventing rejection for fun and profit

A guy wrote a satirical column recently for the National Review Online on how he'd been blown off by the Washington Post. Trouble is, it never happened. An excerpt: I” desperately want to appear in The Washington Post,” Bruce Stockler wrote last week in National Review Online. Now he has — although not in the way […]

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Bin Laden as statesman?

This NYT piece explores what Osama bin Laden might be trying to accomplish with the apparent moderation of his language in his audio pronouncements. Some excerpts: To change this, Mr. bin Laden is testing what he apparently believes are more mainstream themes, while trying to dislodge the entrenched American view of him as a terrorist hell-bent on […]

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On the Open Internet, a Web of Dark Alleys

This NYT piece explores how easy it is for people to use the Internet covertly, and how that is freaking out the U.S.'s counter-terrorism gurus — you know, the ones who can't cope with terrorists communicating in the open. Read it and introduce yourself to new terms and tools like steganography and spammimic. An excerpt: he indictment […]

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A 'bark' mitzvah

An amusing story, although I'm a little concerned about where this continued blurring of the lines between humans and their animal companions is leading us. :) The excerpt: Frances Roberts for The New York Times Despite the festive atmosphere, Admiral Boom, who wore a bib patterned with Stars of David, spent much of the party […]

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