Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Off blogging and high on life

Hey folks: I'm on holidays for a week and don't anticipate doing any posting in that time. I suspect I'll be back behind the keyboard on Oct. 4. And unlike bloggers who just say they've gone fishing, I may actually do some fishing.

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Admin, Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Off blogging and high on life

Al-Jazeera journo jailed in Spanish terror trial

A Spanish terror trial has sent a Syrian man to jail for helping al Qaeda organize the 9/11 attack — but it also jailed an al-Jazeera journalist for seven years. Some excerpts: A Spanish court has jailed a man accused of heading a Spanish al-Qaeda cell for 27 years for helping to organise the 9/11 attacks […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Al-Jazeera journo jailed in Spanish terror trial

The Guardian's redesign looks to Berlin(er)

Not too small, not too big, appears to have been the guiding principle behind a redesign of The Guardian. An excerpt from the NYT story: The idea was to make The Guardian smaller, but not too small; lively to the eye, but still serious in content; new and improved, but familiar, said Alan Rusbridger, its […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on The Guardian's redesign looks to Berlin(er)

'Penguins' helps give docs a brighter future

The financial success of March of the Penguins is helping create a brighter future for documentary filmmakers. Some excerpts from the NYT story: The recent surge in the popularity of documentaries has given filmmakers more confidence in the future of the genre. One reason for their optimism is the rapid development, in many countries, of […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on 'Penguins' helps give docs a brighter future

'The twilight world of the Iraqi stringer'

Iraqi stringers have been doing most of the dirty, dangerous work for the Western media, and more and more of them are being accused of being collaborators with the insurgents. An excerpt from the NYT piece: Of course, as closely as Western reporters work with their Iraqi colleagues, the grim statistics reveal that many more of […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on 'The twilight world of the Iraqi stringer'

<em>March of the Penguins</em> a family values movie — not

Apparently some U.S. social conservatives love the March of the Penguins because it promotes family values. I don't think so. For one thing, emperor penguins appear to be serial monogamists. While they rut with one mate at a time, next breeding season, it's “haven't I met you somewhere before?” with a totally different bird. Some […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on <em>March of the Penguins</em> a family values movie — not

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

This film by Korean director Chan-Wook Park is bleak, violent, compelling and damned near unforgettable. Oddly enough, the T.O. hipster weeklies Eye and Now didn't review it, but the stuffy old Globe had a review (3 stars/4; sub. req'd) and a feature on the director. Actually, the Toronto Star had a review (2.5 stars/4) too. Park made Oldboy, another fine film, although […]

more... »

Mon, September 26 2005 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

'China imposes new rules on news websites'

The Chinese government is trying to encourage “healthy and civilized” news on the Internet. An excerpt from the AP story on Yahoo! News: China is imposing new regulations to control content on its news Web sites, the government said Sunday, another step in its ongoing effort to police a rapidly expanding Internet population. The rules, […]

more... »

Sun, September 25 2005 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on 'China imposes new rules on news websites'

Former 'star' of <em>Control Room</em> gets job with Al-Jazeera

Josh Rushing — who viewers of the documentary Control Room might remember as the fresh-faced, open-minded, team-playerish media relations officer for U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar — has taken a job with Al-Jazeera International. An excerpt from Media Guardian: … (He) will be based in Washington DC in an unspecified role for the English language […]

more... »

Sat, September 24 2005 » Main Page » Comments Off on Former 'star' of <em>Control Room</em> gets job with Al-Jazeera

Former ABC News reporter fighting his dismissal

Richard Gizbert and ABC News are duking it out in a London tribunal. He claims he was sacked for refusing work in Iraq. ABC News said it was budget considerations. The scoop at Media Guardian (reg. req'd). Here's an earlier posting.

more... »

Sat, September 24 2005 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Former ABC News reporter fighting his dismissal