Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

UN climate talks — who doesn't want to play with the others?

From the BBC: UN-hosted talks on climate change have ended in deadlock. They were aimed at paving the way for the climate summit taking place in Bali in December which will focus on how to take forward the Kyoto Protocol. However, the US said it was unlikely to take part in negotiations at the end […]

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Newsmap — not particularly for Canadians

I saw a reference to Newsmap here, wedged between Daily HillierTM and pretty much daily Jean Chretien posts.  Essentially, newsmap is a visualization of headlines generated by the Google News aggregator (more here). However, if you want prominent treatment of up-to-the-minute, Canadian-specific news, good luck to you. Here's why: See that that dark orange area in the bottom-right corner? That's how much […]

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Breaking news should be blogged

Robert Niles of Online Journalism Review thinks all news organizations should use the blog format for breaking news: It's been a smoky spring here in the Los Angeles area. Last week, wildfires burned both the city's Griffith Park (one of my favorite places on Earth, by the way) as well as the resort island of […]

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<em>28 Weeks Later</em> a bloody, harrowing ride

A few plot holes might gnaw at you afterwards, but while you're in the theatre, 28 Weeks Later compels your attention even as you find it hard to look. This blood-splattered movie is a follow to the excellent 2003 film 28 Days Later, which as most Torontonians will remember, was the summer of SARS. In the first […]

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'Blues Singer's Woman Permitted To Tell Her Side'

CLARKSDALE, MS – Ida Mae Dobbs, longtime woman of Willie “Skipbone” Jackson, called a press conference Tuesday to respond to charges levied against her by the legendary Delta blues singer. Ida Mae Dobbs, woman of blues singer Willie “Skipbone” Jackson (inset). “Despite what Mr. Jackson would have you believe, I am not an evil-hearted woman […]

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Gas prices are up! Gas prices are up!

Oh dear, what a crisis. I was watching a newscast out of Vancouver. Some guy was complaining he had to drive a lot, and that the current high prices there meant he was paying $120 per week at the pump. However, guess what vehicle he was driving? If you said a Jeep Liberty, give yourself a […]

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