Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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87 jobs lost in restructuring at Rogers Media

More pain in the media sector as Rogers Media cut jobs and shuffled executives this week.

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Wed, November 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on 87 jobs lost in restructuring at Rogers Media

Journalism in a post-truth era

TVO’s The Agenda had a good discussion on this topic with three academics (two American), a former Globe and Mail editor and the founding editor of Buzzfeed Canada, Craig Silverman. If you’re interested in the current journalistic fad of fake news, it’s worth watching.

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Tue, November 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Journalism in a post-truth era

Liberal democracies might not be that stable

Yascha Mounk, a government lecturer at Harvard University, doesn’t believe that once a country becomes a liberal democracy, there’s no turning back. He thinks liberal democracies — including the United States — are at serious risk of political decline.

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Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and the death of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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CBC wants $400M to go ad-free

Lede: “CBC/Radio Canada has submitted a position paper to the federal government proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, similar to the one used to pay for the BBC in the United Kingdom, at a cost of about $400 million in additional funding.”

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Mon, November 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CBC wants $400M to go ad-free

WaPo ‘Russian propaganda’ story criticized

From the headline on the Intercept_: “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.”

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Sun, November 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on WaPo ‘Russian propaganda’ story criticized

Millions in punk memorabilia burnt in protest

Lede: “Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single.” That would have been today for Anarchy in the UK.

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Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » 1 Comment

White House press corps already normalizing Trump

CBC opinion columnist Neil Macdonald writes that the extremism of Donald Trump and his nascent administration is simply being accepted by Washington reporters.

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Sat, November 26 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on White House press corps already normalizing Trump

A case study in fake news going viral

From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A case study in fake news going viral

One cool retro music commercial

This is Apple’s 2007 ad for iTunes, back when it was just a music device: From Kevin Speicher.

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on One cool retro music commercial