Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Go to the Kensington Market Festival of Lights! Now!!

It'll be dark in Toronto in about two hours (I'm writing this at 12:10 p.m. MST). For God's sake, go to the Festival of Lights in Kensington Market tonight!! Here's a photo I stole to give you a taste (thanks Toronto.com): “Burning away the old year – the grand finale fire sculpture at the 2003 Festival […]

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Britons tops in G7 for Christmas boozing

While our Brit friends may quaff the most in the G7 at Christmas, Germany and Canada come in strong second, says a BBC story. An excerpt: Alcohol consumption rises around Christmas by a wider margin in the UK than in any other leading Western country, a new survey has found. In December, Britons drink 41% […]

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The freedom to offend

A BBC story on the issue of limits to freedom of expression in the wake of a play's cancellation in Birmingham, England following violent protests by some members of the Sikh community there. It's a competent but not brilliantly insightful article. An excerpt: “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to […]

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Punishing the press

The NYT has weighed in on the recent court judgments jailing U.S. reporters for failing to identify to the courts sources to whom they had promised confidentiality. An excerpt: The appellate panel (note: In the cases of Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine) expressed palpable hostility to the notion that the […]

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Washington Post Co. to buy Slate from Microsoft

Microsoft has rid itself of Slate, the online publication it created in 1996 as part of its corporate plunge into the content pool. I believe Slate and MSNBC are the only ones of Microsoft's content efforts to survive from those heady days  (see the comments below). Anyways, an excerpt from the NYT story: he Washington Post Company […]

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Change coming to Sunday Star; N-P tabs it up

The Toronto Star's Sunday edition is getting ready to unveil a new look and the National Post already has, but both papers deny they'll be jumping on the tabloid bandwagon, says a Globe and Mail article. An excerpt: The Toronto Star is relaunching its Sunday newspaper in January, but has resisted the temptation to shift […]

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