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Links to other people’s stuff.
This is a detailed read of Facebook’s reckoning with foreign powers, powers of abuse and power over media and politics. In the end I’m left asking a question I saw posed elsewhere recently: is it ethical to use Facebook?
Supriya Dwivedi on Justin Trudeau’s “Peoplekind” comment being taken out of context for controversy: “It’s one thing if outlets like Fox News are jumping on the prime minister and have no qualms over misrepresenting a situation in order to advance a false narrative of political correctness gone too far, or if someone like Piers Morgan […]
”To be clear, it’s not brave to quit Twitter, or righteous (I’m still on Facebook, which is just a differently shaped moral stockyard), or noteworthy. Quitting Twitter is just a thing that you can do. I mention it only because there was a time when I didn’t think it was a thing that I could do, and then I did it, and now my life is better.”
Alex Hern: ”Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t use Facebook like you or me. The 33-year-old chief executive has a team of 12 moderators dedicated to deleting comments and spam from his page, according to Bloomberg. He has a ‘handful’ of employees who help him write his posts and speeches and a number of professional photographers who take […]
Because so much of this week’s newsletter was focused on one topic, I broke it out into a separate blog post. If you like the idea of getting it all together together, you can subscribe here. Alright, that’s it except to tell you that while you’re into the podcast rabbithole, I’m actually going to be […]
“Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped.“ Hooray!
“‘Northern Touch’ helped bridge the gap between Canada’s scattered hip-hop scenes, bringing together artists from Ontario and British Columbia, but it also did so much more.”
”At a time when Etsy shops and craft fairs and food trucks are decidedly mainstream, every domestic hobby is at risk of becoming a side hustle.”
Tim Carmody: “The most economically powerful thing you can do is to buy something for your own enjoyment that also improves the world. This has always been the value proposition of journalism and art. It’s a nonexclusive good that’s best enjoyed nonexclusively.” I never real thought of journalism this way. But it’s as good way […]
“Oh no, have none of these things happened? My mistake. I am worried that they will, which is just as bad.”
“Fireworks exploding the distance Temporary towers soar Fireworks emulating heaven Til there are no stars anymore.” Damn. The Best of the Tragically Hip Mixtape.
I first read this piece by Denise Balkisoon on what it means to be Canadian when it came out over a month ago, and I’ve come back to it multiple times.
Melissa Martin investigates the Manitoban accent and its roots in Indigenous languages and waves of settlers: “Manitobans don’t think about this much. Our accents aren’t famous or a point of civic pride. Unlike English speakers in New Yawk or Bawwston, we don’t often see our ways of speaking presented in pop culture media. “So we […]
An excellent piece of reporting by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn in the New York Times following the experience of well-meaning Canadians and their Syrian sponsors as they move away from helping their charges through everything towards, hopefully, self-sufficiency. As expected, it’s complicated. “She and the other sponsors asked themselves: How could this be happening, […]
Chris Edelson: “The men and women who reportedly handcuffed small children and the elderly, separated a child from his mother and held others without food for 20 hours, are undoubtedly “ordinary” people. What I mean by that, is that these are, in normal circumstances, people who likely treat their neighbors and co-workers with kindness and […]
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