Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Salutin’s time nears an end at the ‘Globe and Mail’

Apparently Rick Salutin will not be a part of the new Globe and Mail that will be unveiled Friday. The leftist writer will be replaced by Irshad Manji, according to this article at TheCoast.ca (seen via Antonia Zerbisias on Facebook). Update: Two other reported casualties are Tabatha Southey and Lisan Jutras The same article says that […]

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Thu, September 30 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Salutin’s time nears an end at the ‘Globe and Mail’

Trust = confirmation bias

Read this U.S. Gallup poll to see what I mean. Here’s the slide that caught my eye: For background, read my Aug. 27 post: A house united in ignorance cannot stand. A October 2004 survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) on the separate realities of Bush and Kerry supporters is a must-read. Bush supporters […]

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Wed, September 29 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trust = confirmation bias

Oh, to be a documentary filmmaker in Scotland

Richard Phinney tells a disheartening tale about how seriously Scottish police take breaches of the peace … at least ones involving the Donald Trump organization when it’s trying to build a controversial golf course. Hard to summarize, but I’ll pull out a few grafs to give you the flavour. From the Sept. 28 Globe and […]

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Wed, September 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Oh, to be a documentary filmmaker in Scotland

When the spin machine gets amusing

The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson on the Conservative government’s spin to sell Canadians on the need for $16-billion worth of stealth fighter jets.

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Tue, September 28 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on When the spin machine gets amusing

19.5 years in prison. In Iran. For blogging

It could have been worse. Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been sentenced to almost 20 years in prison, but his prosecutor was seeking the death penalty.

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Tue, September 28 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on 19.5 years in prison. In Iran. For blogging

The restorative power of music

Had a shitty commute both to and from work today (see this, this, this and this for deets). Stopped for a beer on the way home. Was inspired to tweet this: Turns out a local pastry shop worker by day likes spinning rare disco gold by night. Cool! Among the rarities I’d like to hear again […]

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Tue, September 28 2010 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on The restorative power of music

Why social media sucks as a political change tool

The New Yorker’s Malcom Gladwell wonders how people managed to fight for change in the U.S. civil rights era when they didn’t even have email, let alone Facebook groups. These few grafs are the meat of his article, headlined “Small change:”

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Mon, September 27 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Why social media sucks as a political change tool

Free Hoder

The Globe and Mail is calling for Iran’s government to release blogger Hossein Derakhshan, a.k.a. Hoder, who is facing calls from an Iranian prosecutor to be executed for his “crimes.”

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Mon, September 27 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Gunfighter songs

I posted these to Twitter. The first is the theme song for Sergio Leone’s For A Few Dollars More. I love the film’s set-up lines: “Where life had no value, death, sometimes, had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared.” Gunfighter songs: Ennio Morricone, “For a Few Dollars More” –http://tinysong.com/yHu1 Johnny Cash, “Don’t take […]

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Sun, September 26 2010 » Film, Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Gunfighter songs

Interviewing an Iranian blogger before he faced a possible death penalty

Jim Elve is a longtime Canadian blogger and info-packrat. He kept some 2003 interviews with Iranian-born blogger Hossein Derakhshan (a.k.a. Hoder), who returned to Iran from Toronto in 2008 and now finds himself in a jackpot. According to two Canadian groups, Derakhshan’s prosecutor is pushing for the death penalty for charges that include collaborating with […]

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Fri, September 24 2010 » Main Page, Media » 3 Comments