Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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'CIA realizes it's been using black highlighters all these years'

LANGLEY, VA—A report released Tuesday by the CIA's Office of the Inspector General revealed that the CIA has mistakenly obscured hundreds of thousands of pages of critical intelligence information with black highlighters. CIA Director Porter Goss. According to the report, sections of the documents— “almost invariably the most crucial passages”—are marred by an indelible black […]

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Deadheads rebel against rights push-back by The Grateful Dead

As this NYT story says, the business interests of The Grateful Dead are clashing with the band's heritage as the original open-source jam band. An excerpt: The band recently asked the operators of the popular Live Music Archive (archive.org) to make the concert recordings – a staple of Grateful Dead fandom – available only for […]

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The end of news

Writer Michael Massing sums up several currents of influence on the U.S. mainstream media in The End of News? a two-part essay in the New York Review of Books (H/T to Zerby). Part One deals with the effects of a right-wing attack-dog media, the Bush administration's own efforts to control the news (Armstrong Williams, Kenneth Tomlinson […]

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CTV election blog

And with this morning's dropping of the writ, CTV has unveiled its election site. Yes, there will be blogging there. If you want to revisit the polling “fiasco” of 2004, and why it could happen again, read my feature.

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I didn't know the consequences for kittens were so dire

To see what I mean by that, click here.

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Everything you needed to know about Central Asia in one compact interactive

The Beeb's backgrounder on Central Asia's 'stans' — Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, and my personal favourite — Turkmenistan! (there's also a complete Central Asia indepth page.) I would like to visit Turkmenistan and North Korea back-to-back, just to see which one is the weirder cult-of-personality state.

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Harper's set to name new editor

A former Texan, raised on a ranch and and a one-time hunter, is the new editor of Harper's Magazine, the erudite, foundation-supported journal of ideas. An excerpt: Harper's Magazine is an intellectual hothouse that tends to grow its own. The magazine will announce today that Roger D. Hodge, 38, will succeed Lewis H. Lapham as […]

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UK's Telegraph accused of ripping off CJ photographers

Ah, the dark side of citizen journalism: You do the work, we keep all the rights and profit. This Media Guardian article airs complaints about the Telegraph in the UK with respects to rights-grabbing. An excerpt: The Daily Telegraph's plan to encourage readers to send in pictures taken on cameras and mobile phones has come […]

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Bill's household tip of the week

Club soda and tonic water come in similar-looking containers and are in fact similar-looking fluids. However, they taste quite different. Make sure your literacy skills are sufficient to distinguish between the labeling describing the two different products. If they are not, swallow your pride and ask a clerk for assistance. Otherwise, you might find yourself swallowing […]

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'Latin America's year of elections'

This BBC interactive is predicated on the fact that 12 Latin American countries will be having elections between November and the end of 2006. Find it here.

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