Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Inland Empire

The Globe and Mail's Liam Lacey didn't much like it: Without any real sense of a coherent agenda behind the obsessive themes of doubling, velvet-curtained entertainments and pervasive decay, Inland Empire is less self-indulgent than self-parody, a bucket of Lynchian leftovers, stirred slightly and left to ferment in the dark. Back in December, the NYT's […]

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'Media consolidation 3.0'

There's been a flurry of activity with respects to media companies in this past week. News Corp wants Dow Jones, Thomson Corp. wants Reuters and, for a time, it seems Microsoft and Yahoo wanted each other. The Globe and Mail has this round-up: When Richard Harrington stood up at Thomson Corp.'s annual meeting in Toronto […]

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The eroding state of Russian media freedom

From the May 2 BBC story: PRESS FREEDOM 2007 Best: Finland, Iceland Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden. Worst: Burma, Cuba, Libya, Turkmenistan, North Korea (Russia 164/195) (Source: Freedom House) Read the findings Global press freedom 2007: selected data [256KB] Generally, Russian officials react extremely badly to suggestions that their country ranks alongside Burma, Cuba and North […]

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Maybe they're watching too much '24'

From the BBC: A US survey of battlefield ethics among troops in Iraq has found widespread tolerance for torture in certain circumstances and problems with morale. The survey, by an army mental health advisory team, sampled more than 1,700 soldiers and marines between August and October 2006. It examined their views towards torture and the […]

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Freedom, Pakistani style

Masud Alam of the BBC's Urdu service explores the way freedom manifests itself in Pakistan, and how if you're the right person in the right job, you have almost unimaginable “freedoms.” An excerpt: The other day, some of the top army generals finished a hard day's work at a conference in Islamabad and decided they'd […]

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Two journalists jailed in Azerbaijan

From the BBC: Two journalists in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan have been jailed after publishing an article that some Muslims said insulted Islam. Samir Sadaqatoglu and Rafiq Tagi, from Sanat newspaper, were sentenced to four and three years in prison respectively, for inciting religious hatred. It is the latest in a series of […]

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