Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries. (more…)

Mon, March 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Columnist Matt Taibbi’s effort to bring context to the Russia-messing-with-U.S. tensions story. One big problem? Making assumptions that might not be true. (more…)

Wed, March 8 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Super Companies may play role in reducing workers’ share of the GDP pie

Amazon. Costco. Walmart. All are lean, mean, cost-cutting machines. But given that their customer-level jobs don’t pay so well, and they’ve eviscerated the middle-management ranks, are they at least partly responsible for workers receiving a smaller share of the GDP? (more…)

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Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Scott Gilmore attempts to lay out a scenario whereby the mischief that Russia has been up to with Western powers will find its way to Canada’s shores and cyber-byways.

One example, the Russians digging up dirt on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. (more…)

Wed, March 8 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen. (more…)

Wed, March 1 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.” (more…)

Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future. (more…)

Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

William Owens said he refused to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump back on Feb. 1 when his son’s body was returned from a mission gone awry in Yemen — the first such special mission of Trump’s presidency. (more…)

Sun, February 26 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers. (more…)

Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’

Here’s a long read about one of the most-talked-about dictators of our time, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

The subhead: “Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?” (more…)

Sat, February 25 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’