Archive for October 2010
I think I get about 75 percent of my news from ‘alternative’ news sources (eg. podcasts, blogs, forums, certain Comedy Central shows etc.). Not necessarily the most reliable source of news but after some fact checking I think I am able to separate fact from BS most of the time. It’s an interesting feature of our time that the internet has essentially democratized our access to information. But what is really interesting about this is the reaction of the “old” media to this new community of bloggers and commenters. There is just something about their constant attempts to stay relevent (ie. creating Facebook pages and Twitter accounts) that seems so uncomfortable and unnatural. Like dressing a dog in a stupid Halloween costume. Basically, their switch from providing the public with investigative, contextualized journalism to reporting the latest happenings has cemented them as not much more than souvenirs of the previous generation, well, in my mind at least. Happily, a new suite of bloggers have filled the void with knowledgable, insightful commentary. If traditional news organizations want to survive the age of the new media, they should go back to the basics.
The mayoral election has captivated my fair city of Toronto and it seems we have elected a Tea Partier into office. I think this means goodbye for Transit City. All I ever wanted is better public transit. I would absolutely be willing to pay higher taxes on my car if I had a practical alternative…and its not just because I’m some free spirit hippy liberal (although I am). It actually takes me about an hour and a half to get to my office which is about 25 km away. Seriously, WTF!? I guess I will need to move to London or something if I really wanted to live a car free life.
In other news, midterm US elections are fast approaching and the crazy just keeps on coming. No one does political theater better than the US and it’s journalism like this that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
This is my last night in Vancouver and I must say that I am happy to be returning home tomorrow. I have grown tired of this fresh ocean air and gorgeous mountain scenery. Okay, really, I am excited to come home. It doesn’t really matter how nice the city is, I am alone here and I am so friggin bored!!
In other news, I recently saw M. Night Shamalan’s newest failure Devil. Yep, that pretty much sums that up.
Oh, and apparently Hide Your Kids, Hide Your wife Antoine has got a snazy new look.
So, I am currently in the lovely city of Vancouver, surrounded by mountains and breathing in the fresh ocean air. Strangly, it doesn’t really feel like I’m still in Canada. Something about how clean and organized this city is makes me feel a bit like I’m in London. And I’m really liking all the first nations art. It seems to be everywhere. I must say, I am really drawn (haha) to it.