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The nasty world of online comments

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English is aghast at the nastiness that percolates in the online comments of TheStar.com — those would be the moderated comments. They raise some questions for her.

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Sun, March 1 2009 » Main Page, Media » 4 Comments

The dizzying plunge from $70K/yr manager to $12/hr janitor

This is a very sobering cautionary tale of the hidden human cost of the U.S. recession — probably the Canadian one too. From the NYT: Mark Cooper started his work day on a recent morning cleaning the door handles of an office building with a rag, vigorously shaking out a rug at a back entrance […]

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'Stopping the press'

From the deck to the Globe and Mail story: “Weak economy, changing consumer habits and online competition brews perfect storm for media companies.” From The Globe and Mail: Mr. (John) Temple (editor and publisher of the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News) has been a reporter or editor for more than 20 years, in Denver, Toronto and New […]

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Sun, March 1 2009 » Main Page » 2 Comments

Boom times for end times predictors

The Globe and Mail's Ian Brown takes a somewhat snarky look at the Cassandras of our time. I'll focus on his remarks about celebrity doomsayer Niall Ferguson, who was in top form in Tuesday's Globe. From The Globe and Mail: The financial headlines can make your eyeballs bleed. William Burroughs, the great Beat writer, could […]

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