Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

An obsolete analysis of the Lebanon crisis

The Beeb's Paul Reynolds opined that Israel's strike on Qana would pressure the U.S. into pushing for an early ceasefire. He would appear to be wrong. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says there will be no ceasefire. Meanwhile, Lebanese journalist Zahera Harb recalls the first time Israeli warplanes caused a major loss of life in […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

NATO takes over in Afghanistan

NATO is now responsible for military operations in southern Afghanistan. Here's the BBC story. Here's a BBC streeter with Afghans asking about the presence of foreign troops on their soil.

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Mon, July 31 2006 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Online news audience growth flattening in U.S.

From globeandmail.com: Some solace for traditional news outlets worried about how to compete with the Internet: A survey finds slowing growth in the number of people who regularly go online for the news. Almost three in 10 adults, or 31 per cent, regularly log in for news, a rate roughly the same as two years […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Newspapers to do their own online aggregating

Some U.S. newspapers have signed up with an online news aggregation company to deliver content from competitors onto their own websites. An excerpt from the NYT story: Want the latest news on Floyd Landis’s positive drug test from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times or USA Today? Soon, it will all be on […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

'Talledega Nights buys The Sporting News' or 'The Sporting News sells itself'? Either one applies

The new Will Ferrell comedy about a NASCAR driver figures prominently in both the editorial and advertising sections of the Aug. 4 issue of The Sporting News. An excerpt from the NYT: Subscriber copies of the Aug. 4 issue of The Sporting News are covered by a fake wraparound cover promoting “Talladega Nights: The Ballad […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

The new slacker generation

Increasing numbers of American men between 30 and 55 who got chopped in various downsizings are choosing to give up on work rather than take a demeaning gig. While those predominantly affected are undereducated blue-collar men, the ranks include dot-com-ers from the boom times and former executives. An excerpt from the NYT story: About 13 […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » 4 Comments

Bill's household tip of the week

If you go away, say on a Friday, and return on a Sunday evening, and it's August, and you live in Toronto, and it's hot, and you don't have air conditioning in your place, make sure your dehumidifier was completely drained on that day of departure and ready to suck moisture all weekend long. Otherwise, you will return […]

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Mon, July 31 2006 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

Is news value inverse to death toll? – II (a guest post!)

Canadian journalist Blake Lambert, whom the Ugandan government punted out of the country in March for doing his job, saw my original post on a BBC editor's musings about how the despite the far higher human carnage in Congo, for example, the Middle East will dominate in the news. He sent me a lengthy note that was […]

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Sun, July 30 2006 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Trying to wipe Hezbollah out is making it more popular

In AP stories posted on CTV.ca, the point is made that the ferocious Israeli assault on Hezbollah is making the Shiite militant group folk heroes throughout the Arab world, especially its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. In response, even pro-U.S. governments find themselves forced to shift their criticism to Israel. Part of the irony is that Hezbollah's […]

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Sun, July 30 2006 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Gaybituaries?

In the middle of the Mideast carnage came another bombshell of a (boy band) story: Lance Bass of ‘N Sync revealed he’s gay. “There you have it, folks. Singer Lance Bass: Gay at 27,” smirked Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, on Thursday night.

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Fri, July 28 2006 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off