Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The Gettysburg Address as PowerPoint presentation

I found this concept to be amusing. From the Atlantic, but pointing to Peter Norvig’s fantastic reimagining of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, which marks its 150th anniversary today, as a PowerPoint presentation:

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Tue, November 19 2013 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off

Tories rush to fundraise after press gallery snub

From the Globe and Mail: After barring reporters from covering one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speeches, the Conservative Party is decrying a “new low for the Ottawa media elite” because some TV cameras refused to film the event if reporters weren’t allowed inside.

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Thu, October 17 2013 » Main Page, Media, politics » 1 Comment

Rational commentary on an idiotic expense ‘scandal’

On Sunday, the inimitable Sue-Anne Levy of the Toronto Sun published an “expose” of supposed spending abuses by executives with the 2015 Pan Am Games, which are to take place in southern Ontario.

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Mon, September 30 2013 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Some thoughts on the fiscal record of Ralph Klein

I spent a good part of Sunday reading and listening to accounts of Ralph Klein’s political life (he died Friday at age 70). Here is some of what I think was missed.

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Sun, March 31 2013 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off

The big stakes for Big Oil in climate fight

Toronto Star columnist Linda McQuaig compares today’s oil companies to the Luddites of the Industrial Revolution for blocking progress in the battle against global warming. She highlighted some interesting numbers from a July 19 Bill McKibben article for Rolling Stone on climate change:

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Tue, November 20 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off

Social media tips for covering U.S. election night

Both of these are from the Poynter Institute: 1. The eight commandments of tweeting on Election Day 2. Six social media mistakes to avoid this Election Day Of the two, ‘six mistakes’ is the more substantial read.

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Mon, November 5 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Journalists aren’t even covering the ‘horse race’ well

An author argues that while many complain that U.S. election coverage is too weighted to the race and not policies, journalists themselves don’t understand how much the quantitative side of political campaigning has advanced.

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Sun, September 2 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Covering the (election) horse race

An amusing comic by way of The Strip in the New York Times.

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Mon, April 30 2012 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Ontario’s most interesting ridings to watch

If you’re watching tonight’s election, check out this story I wrote for CTV Toronto: Ontario election-night political fights to watch My prediction? Ontario Liberals will win the right to continue governing. I think they will get a seat total somewhere in the mid-50s to very low 60s (out of 107). The Progressive Conservatives will finish […]

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Thu, October 6 2011 » politics » Comments Off

Ontario election leaders’ tour maps

A little election project I’ve been working on at is mapping the leaders’ tours. Here they are: Week 3 Map: Battling for votes in the GTA Week 2 Map: Plow match brings leaders together Week 1 Map: Leaders shadowing May 2 wins, losses The shorter version is that what happened on May 2 seems […]

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Wed, September 28 2011 » politics » 1 Comment