Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The tyranny of algorithms – Is news next?

CBC contributor Ira Basen had a major feature published in the Nov. 27 Globe and Mail about the growing power of algorithms in the human decision-making process. I pull out an excerpt that’s journalism-related:

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Mon, November 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

The Divine Ms. H

I can’t put my thumbnail thoughts about Ariana Huffington better than I did on Facebook: You gotta love a multimillionaire who has people working for her for free while she crusades about the decline of the U.S. middle class

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Mon, November 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Sun TV gets its licence

From CP via CTV.ca (posted Nov. 26): Canadians are about to get a third 24-hour English-language cable news channel, and it’s one that plans to shake up the industry. The CRTC has approved a five-year licence for Sun TV news service — referred to by critics as Fox News North — to go into direct […]

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Mon, November 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » 2 Comments

The past week in Toronto j-ethics

The Torontoist got spanked over a photo gallery about strippers on break at Zanibar Tavern on Yonge St., and the Toronto Star’s public editor took the paper to task over an odd feature on Pierre Trudeau’s daughter. In both cases, the issue was invasion of privacy.

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Sun, November 28 2010 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on The past week in Toronto j-ethics

Blog comment spam that’s a cut above the rest!

Found the following unapproved comments this morning. They amused me. Hopefully, they will amuse you:

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Sun, November 28 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » 3 Comments

The fragility of early snow

Tweeted this photo as follows: Surviving the sun’s destructive onslaught by hiding behind a rock

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, photos » Comments Off on The fragility of early snow

Friday night’s most unintentionally funny headline?

That honour would go to the Toronto Star: No prostitution free-for-all this weekend

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Friday night’s most unintentionally funny headline?

Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

The BBC explores whether squirrel should resume its traditional place in the American stew pot. I particularly liked this quote from William Hovey Smith, who lives on his family’s old plantation in the great state of Georgia: “I do not cook the squirrel heads, although my mother dearly loved them – squirrel brains,” he recalls. […]

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

Is the planet on track for a very warm year?

This catch-up tweet is ironic, coming on a morning when there is a skiff of snow on the ground, but planet Earth appears to be on track for one of its warmest years  ever. But Britain’s the Met Office has been wrong in its predictions before.

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Sat, November 27 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Is the planet on track for a very warm year?

Happy 125th birthday, Banff

Behold one of the world’s great views — and you’ll only find it at Lake Louise in Canada’s Banff National Park. Banff was declared a national park on Nov. 25, 1885. One of its key attractions, the Banff Upper Hot Springs, were “discovered” by railway workers in 1882-83. If you get a chance, go to them during a […]

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Fri, November 26 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, photos » Comments Off on Happy 125th birthday, Banff