Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Lessons for the US MSM from a year of dealing with Trump

Columnist Nicholas Kristof says treating their audience as eyeballs rather than citizens was one of many major faux pax committed by U.S. journalism organizations in 2016.

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‘How republics end’

Columnist Paul Krugman said Republican institutions don’t help if politicians are prepared to defy political norms. “And tyranny, when it comes, can flourish even while maintaining a republican facade.”

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The timely death of Honest Ed’s

If my grandmother were still alive today (she passed in early 2000), she would be mourning the coming closing of Honest Ed’s, the discount department store that was built to serve poor, thrifty immigrants such as her. One family legend holds that in her senior years, she found a steal of a deal on a […]

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Fri, December 30 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on The timely death of Honest Ed’s

Rolling Stone columnist has doubts about the Russian hacking story

Matt Taibbi remembers the damage caused by overly-credulous reporting on weapons of mass destruction prior to the George W. Bush-led invasion of Iraq almost 14 years ago. He thinks that should strike a cautionary note amongst reporters working on today’s intelligence controversy — alleged Russian hacking designed to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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The threats facing liberal democracy in the Putin-Trump era

As 2016 ends, the Globe and Mail warns in an editorial that we can’t take liberal democracy and all its trappings for granted in an era when illiberal authoritarians appear to be on the rise.

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A week of immersing in fake news

It’s slow over the Christmas holidays, so Jaime Weinman took the opportunity to dive into the fake news scene and document what he saw.

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Thu, December 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A week of immersing in fake news

Ontario to get cap-and-trade plan rolling in 2017

The lede: “On the first day of the new year, Ontario will launch its cap-and-trade system on carbon in a bid to vault the province to the front lines of the battle against climate change.”

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Tue, December 27 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Ontario to get cap-and-trade plan rolling in 2017

Russia’s very good year of propagandizing

History professor Michael Khodarkovsky said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is going into 2017 having finally enjoyed the fruits of years of propaganda work in 2016.

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Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

Facebook collects lots of seemingly public information about its users — where they went to school, their home town — and so on. But they drill much, much deeper into individual users’ lives than the “social network” lets on.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

Praising the work of a free and democratic press

The Globe and Mail “celebrates” the role of mainstream media following a year of fake news, Nazi-era cries of “lugenpresse!” (lying press) being revived and other attacks mounted on them.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Praising the work of a free and democratic press