Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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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 » No Comments

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 » No Comments

The great ideas that come up after a few beers

Behold, the hipster nativity scene! For details on its origins, see this Huffington Post story.

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, photos » No Comments

Russian propaganda inserted itself in U.S. election

Lede: “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”

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Thu, November 24 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Tory leadership hopeful wants to scrap the CBC

Kelly Leitch, the wealthy pediatric surgeon turned anti-elitist, would scrap the CBC if she becomes Conservative leader and prime minister.

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Thu, November 24 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Postmedia finds spare change under couch for top executives

When we last checked in with Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company was looking to cut an additional 20 per cent from salary costs, mainly due to a disastrous plunge in print advertising revenues. That’s why it’s heartening to know, in this month before Christmas, that the company managed to find $2.3 million in bonuses for […]

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Wed, November 23 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia finds spare change under couch for top executives

Cool the moral panic over fake news

Contrarian columnist Jack Shafer thinks we need to ease the moral panic over fake news. For one thing, he believes some of the cures may end up worse than the disease.

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Tue, November 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Cool the moral panic over fake news

Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

The federal government announced that coal-fired electricity is to largely be gone from the Canadian landscape in about 13 years.

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Mon, November 21 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

The creators of LibertyWritersNews.com know their audience loves U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and hates President Barack Obama. So they give them what they want.

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Sun, November 20 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

Bannon’s journey from Breitbart to White House

Media writer Simon Houpt profiles Stephen Bannon, the one-time executive chair of the right-wing Breitbart News turned most powerful adviser to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

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Sat, November 19 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Bannon’s journey from Breitbart to White House