Archive | November, 2009

All Is Quiet On The Western Front: Media Blackouts vs. Public Awareness

30 Nov

Just wrote this as a paper, but it’s something we can talk about here as well. Where do you stand in terms of media blackouts?

When CBC journalist Melissa Fung was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2008, news publications in Canada did not publish information about her abduction to ensure her safety. Four weeks after she was captured, she was released. In that same year another Canadian journalist was abducted. Robert Fowler was taken hostage in Niger for 130 days, but in this case, media chose to report on his situation. Fowler believed that the intense media coverage had a serious impact on the length of his time in captivity.

Most news organizations see media blackouts as a slippery slope. If we ban the coverage of journalist kidnappings, isn’t it only fair to ban coverage of non-journalist abductions? What are the limits of public access to sensitive information? Let’s look at both sides of the coin.

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Romi Reads The News [3]

29 Nov

This is what was on the wire this week:

Reverse Chris Brown? — To soon? Tiger Woods was in an accident. Did his wife beat him? Did she save him? Did he cheat on her? On the next Young and Athletic.

Russian Bombing — Questions surrounding the derailment of a train bound for St. Petersburg are slowly being answered. Now, a bomb is thought to have detonated on the tracks. Yet another terrorist attack. Scary.

Inhumane society — The arrest of OSPCA bigwigs based on allegations of animal abuse, mistreatment, and neglect forces Ontarians to reassess the way animals are treated in shelters on a national scale (or at least it should). Continue reading

Saturday, It’s Saturday.

28 Nov

Happy Saturday!

I’m taking the less noble route and not writing much today. Mainly because I’m going shopping in Buffalo ala Blackweekend (the extension of black Friday, term invented by yours truly).

While you’re waiting for me to write a highly critical and well written piece, I’ll be waiting for three hours at customs, speed shopping at Target (or Tarje as I lovingly call it), and being strip searched on the way back.

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TTC Diaries: Youtube Edition

26 Nov

Dear Diary,

Procrastination is a wonderful thing sometimes. In my most stressful week, I guarantee you 90 per cent of my time has been spent not doing what I was supposed to do.

On one of my many (many….many) distracted moments, I decided to look up “TTC” on Youtube.

For your viewing pleasure, Diary, I have compiled my favourite vids related to the good ole Toronto Transit Commission.

1. I Get On (The TTC) – A Rap Video. Awesomely catchy with just a pinch of autotune. East side…south side…west side…word!

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Rethinking Hypermasculinity

26 Nov

A bunch of us J-school buddies were talking sports in relation to the way they are perceived by men and women differently. Ultimate fighting was mentioned regarding it’s role as a symbol for hypermasculinity but I saw it as being somewhat homoerotic. Men wrapped around each other, half naked, crotches in face? I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

The sports considered to be the most ‘manly’ (football, hockey, rugby…) have the same sentiment. Greased up alpha males playing a high contact game, yet overcompensatingly hetero.

In ghettoizing these sports as strictly heterosexual, people who fall outside of this definition are left at the wayside or are stuck in the closet.

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Then What DID You Mean, Keddy?

25 Nov

Gerald Keddy, a Conservative MP in Nova Scotia, has a way with words.

In a newspaper article for the Chronicle Herald, he suggested farmers in Nova Scotia should hire migrant workers because those unemployed “no-good bastards” don’t want the work. OOPSIES!

He has since issued an apology which is all good and jolly, but question for Mr. Keddy: What enticed you to use those words in the first place?

There was clearly a method to the malice because no one in their right mind would say that off the cuff, especially as a politician knowing he/she was on the record.

What I found particularly amusing in his apology is that he failed to say what he meant by “no-good bastards”, instead he told us what he “should have said”. Usually when there’s an apology issued for the misuse of a word, there is some sort of explanation in terms of what was meant by said word. I guess in this case, we know exactly what he meant, and he knows he was not the sharpest tool in the shed for saying it.

NDP MP Peter Stoffer thinks a resignation is in order for ‘Just Kidding’ Keddy.

I think the irony of the proposed situation is marvelous. Once an MP, now a “no-good bastard”.



To Make Your Week A Little Brighter

24 Nov
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