Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Sampling ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

French pop giant Serge Gainsbourg and actress Brigitte Bardot teamed up in the late 1960s for this atmospheric little ditty – Bonnie and Clyde (that’s the YouTube version; this Grooveshark one has better audio but no visuals). The tune was no doubt inspired by the movie. Decades later, French hip-hop star MC Solaar would sample the shit out […]

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Thu, April 29 2010 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Sampling ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

‘Daily Show’ vs. Fox News

I don’t know what to think of Jon Stewart in his Daily Show persona. Does he pick fights for ratings, because he’s a genuine warrior on the battlefield of public discourse, or a bit of both? This April 24 NYT article talks about his current head-butting with Fox News:

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Thu, April 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Daily Show’ vs. Fox News

CTV’s W5 up for a Michener award!

As far as I’m concerned, the Michener Award is the most prestigious in Canadian journalism because it’s about public service. For that reason, I’m thrilled that my CTV News colleagues at the venerable current affairs show W5 are finalists for Beyond Justice?, which looks at three fatal shootings of civilians in B.C. by RCMP officers. […]

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Thu, April 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CTV’s W5 up for a Michener award!

Buying a scoop

The NYT’s David Carr on the decision by Gizmodo, a tech blog owned by Nick Denton’s Gawker Media empire, to spend US$5,000 buying a next-generation iPhone that had been left in a California bar by some hapless Apple engineer. I add some thoughts of my own.

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Wed, April 28 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Buying a scoop

An inexplicable display of thuggishness

Behold:

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Wed, April 28 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on An inexplicable display of thuggishness

The bad news keeps on coming at U.S. newspapers

From the April 26 NYT: The reality facing many American newspaper publishers continues to look stark, as figures released Monday show deep circulation declines, with average weekday sales down almost 9 percent since the same time last year.

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Wed, April 28 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The bad news keeps on coming at U.S. newspapers

Anne Mroczkowski lands a job … while in her 50s

Anne Mroczkowski got whacked as an anchor at Citytv News back in January. In an interview with CBC Radio’s The Current (Feb. 22, Part 3), she didn’t sound too optimistic about landing another anchoring job. Her pessimism was misplaced. Mroczkowski will be joining the Global Toronto newscast in June.

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Tue, April 27 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Anne Mroczkowski lands a job … while in her 50s

Public Enemies

Finished a DVD viewing of the film Public Enemies, and it reminded me how much I loved this song from the soundtrack – Otis Taylor, 10 Million Slaves: The ReelSoundtrack blog, where I found the above tune, has all 16 songs. Addendum I tweeted two accompanying songs: And that leads to this: The Blasters, ‘Long […]

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Tue, April 27 2010 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Public Enemies

Longform.org: Curating windy J-pieces so you don’t have to

From Jack Shafer’s column in Slate: (seen first on Twitter) I’m not the only long-form journalism hound. My pal Max Linsky, who has contributed to Slate, and his friend and Wesleyan classmate Aaron Lammer feel the same way. But instead of hoarding their favorite examples of long-form journalism, they’re Johnny Appleseed-ing the Web with links […]

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Mon, April 26 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Longform.org: Curating windy J-pieces so you don’t have to

NYT public editor brushes off complaints about coverage of Pope, sex abuse scandal

NYT public editor Clark Hoyt has defended the paper’s decision to go hard after the role current Pope Benedict XVI may have played in going soft on a priest accused of sexual abuse back when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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Sun, April 25 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on NYT public editor brushes off complaints about coverage of Pope, sex abuse scandal