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Wired: Inside Facebook’s Two Years of Hell

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?

Posted on 12 February 2018 and filed under journalism, links, media, outbound, small, social media

For the love of peoplekind, do better Canadian media

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 […]

Posted on 8 February 2018 and filed under links, media, outbound, small

Boushie

The trial for the alleged murder of Colton Boushie, the 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan started this week. And so did “Boushie,” a podcast being produced by CBC Saskatchewan and the single most important thing I think is happening at CBC right now.

Posted on 3 February 2018 and filed under articles, CBC, main, media, radio

There is no optimal length for podcasts

“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!

Posted on 2 February 2018 and filed under links, main, media, outbound, radio, small

confluence episode 23: is this thing on?

I have started publishing my newsletter again. You can sign up here. So it has apparently been over a year since my previous letter went out, which was not a thing I intended to happen. I can tell you that in the intervening time I have still been writing, but looking back on it I’ve […]

Posted on 20 January 2018 and filed under blogging, letters, main, media

Patronage

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 […]

Posted on 19 January 2018 and filed under links, media, outbound

250News shutting down

This is shame. 250News.com has been an important force in the world of media and politics in Prince George and beyond.   I remember when I had a short internship working in a government office there were some key websites political operatives monitored — the Vancouver Sun, The Victoria Times-Colonist, and 250News as a sole […]

Posted on 15 September 2017 and filed under main, media, outbound, Prince George

Some thoughts for Canadian media in the wake of President Donald Trump

The temptation to go COULD A TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUCCEED IN CANADA? is strong and is already well underway. But I think some real thought needs to go into this, regardless of where you stand on the candidates or the issues.

Posted on 9 November 2016 and filed under articles, comments, main, media

facebook isn’t destroying journalism or reality (i think)

I suspect people weren’t better informed in previous times. My guess is the threshold for being well-informed was just lower.

Posted on 15 October 2016 and filed under media

Indigenous Canadians and the bus plunge

” Indigenous people, I’m afraid, haven’t rated very highly on that unspoken hierarchy. Canadians evidently do not consider Indigenous people proximate — and the less proximate the subject, the more indifferent the audience.”

Posted on 8 September 2016 and filed under articles, journalism, main, media

missing (indigenous) woman

If you hear a woman is missing, does it make you care more, or less, to discover she’s Indigenous?

Posted on 8 September 2016 and filed under articles, journalism, main, media

How does media responsibly tell stories about people who want to help after Fort McMurray fires?

If on-the-ground organizations say receiving truckloads of donations is causing more harm than good, how should media approach stories about people donating physical goods?

Posted on 9 May 2016 and filed under articles, media

Perspective

Here’s a story about being a white guy in Canadian media.

Posted on 21 February 2016 and filed under articles, Best Of, big, Canada, journalism, main, media

I’d be more interested in reading pieces about Canada in the New York Times if they weren’t written by Canadians

Canadians care more about what Canadians have to say about Canada if they are saying it to Americans.

Posted on 20 August 2015 and filed under articles, Canada, media

Why all those headlines about Aboriginal women knowing their killer are a little misleading

Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be killed, but spouses or family members are less likely to be involved than in the homicides of other Canadian females. But that’s not in the headlines.

Posted on 20 June 2015 and filed under articles, big, comments, Indigenous, main, media

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