Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

The BBC explores whether squirrel should resume its traditional place in the American stew pot. I particularly liked this quote from William Hovey Smith, who lives on his family’s old plantation in the great state of Georgia: “I do not cook the squirrel heads, although my mother dearly loved them – squirrel brains,” he recalls. […]

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Sat, November 27 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on Squirrel stew as austerity dish?

How to cover a shooting in a time of social media

Seen via Facebook (thanks, Fred!)

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Fri, November 19 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » 2 Comments

‘Daily Show’ vs. Fox News

I don’t know what to think of Jon Stewart in his Daily Show¬†persona. Does he pick fights for ratings, because he’s a genuine warrior on the battlefield of public discourse, or a bit of both? This April 24 NYT article talks about his current head-butting with Fox News:

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Thu, April 29 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Daily Show’ vs. Fox News

Can’t get fooled again

This came up in a casual conversation today; a Dubya classic:

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Wed, April 21 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, politics » Comments Off on Can’t get fooled again

My, what a cheap way to stir controversy

Margaret Wente wrote a remarkably ignorant column rhetorically asking, Why are bloggers male? Many others have debunked the premise of her column, which had absolutely no quantitative information in it whatsoever to back it up. But I’m wondering if it was deliberately stupid.

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Thu, March 18 2010 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on My, what a cheap way to stir controversy

‘The Onion’ with a gem of insight

This could be a TV news item template –¬†Breaking News: Some bullshit happening somewhere And as an additional bonus – How will the end of print journalism affect old loons who hoard newspapers? (h/t to @andrewmcintyre for the first item) Addendum If you liked the above, make sure you check out ‘How to report the […]

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Tue, March 9 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » 2 Comments

Watching the creative process in action

I tweeted the following on Friday: If you want to watch a great satirical mind whirring in real time, I’d recco @lizzwinstead #FF

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Sat, February 20 2010 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Watching the creative process in action

A concise guide to Canada

The NYT’s Bruce Headlam — who bills himself as a Canadian, although I’ve never met him — offers this guide to what he purports to be his home and native land.

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Mon, February 15 2010 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on A concise guide to Canada

'How to report the news'

This amusing bit of satire by Brit Charlie Brooker, which takes aim at the conventions of TV news, was pointed to by multiple Twitter sources over the course of Thursday:

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Fri, January 29 2010 » Main Page, Media, multimedia » Comments Off on 'How to report the news'

About that Tiger Woods animation

Some j-academics like an animation of how the Tiger Woods Escalade crash might have down — even if they agree it’s not journalism. But that’s not the really cool part.

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Thu, December 10 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on About that Tiger Woods animation