Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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How writers procrastinate in 2017

A gem from Twitter: WRITING TIPS: 1) Stare out of window 2) Worry about fascism 3) Open a Word doc 4) Stare at its Arctic blankness 5) Sigh 6) Go on Twitter — Matt Haig (@matthaig1) February 8, 2017

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Tue, February 14 2017 » Main Page » No Comments

South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

From the story: “While the current U.S. President Donald Trump seems ripe for parody, it looks like South Park say they’re more are likely than ever to lay off him.”

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Thu, February 2 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, a veteran American comic genius, passed away Thursday at age 66. But he lives on through his influence on the work of others.

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Thu, March 24 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Thank you and goodbye, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart bade us farewell after more than 16 years of anchoring the Daily Show, which will carry on with new host Trevor Noah. Stewart left us with this salient piece of advice: The best defence against bullshit is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.

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Thu, August 6 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Thank you and goodbye, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart’s exit interview with the Guardian

Jon Stewart, who will be departing as host of The Daily Show later this year, spoke with the Guardian (“Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show“) about why he’s leaving behind a job he loved for 16 years.

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Sat, April 18 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Jon Stewart’s exit interview with the Guardian

‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

Of all the people they could target at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the Onion targeted nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis for a horrible tweet. After an hour of outrage, the online news site took it down. And on Monday, the satirical news site issued an uncharacteristically sincere apology.

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Mon, February 25 2013 » Film, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘The Onion’ apologizes for a doozy of a vulgar tweet

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 on Covering the (election) horse race

‘The Hipster Games’

“It’s kind of like Battle Royale, but with white people.”

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Sun, April 8 2012 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on ‘The Hipster Games’

Satirist Stewart touted as America’s new Edward R. Murrow

A New York Times article asks whether Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is to our times what CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow was to the news media of the 1950s. My tweeted response? Jon Stewart has his Murrow-esque moments mainly when he abandons his comedic persona & plays a journalist on TV.

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Mon, December 27 2010 » Main Page, Media, politics » 6 Comments

Friday night’s most unintentionally funny headline?

That honour would go to the Toronto Star: No prostitution free-for-all this weekend

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Friday night’s most unintentionally funny headline?