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Giant cogs drawn in blue and corral with small bodies ground between the gears.

The dominant press is a giant inertia machine

But here’s an old idea: what if dominant journalism, by and large and in the long run, is actually a drag on progress? What if dominant journalism, and by that I mean the mainstream press, is actually a conservative force? On this view, it’s a drag on change…

The Christians storm the beach during the crusades and capture a city of Muslims

No one has a right to not be offended

When critically considering a given piece of journalism, we might ask ourselves, was it informative? was it engaging? was it helpful? So it’s rather sad that others, when faced with criticism, are inclined to ask simply, was it legal?

Illustration of Rex Murphy, of Postmedia.

Rex Murphy on human rights

Rex Murphy wasn’t the first pundit to misunderstand rights, and human rights. But he is paradigmatic. He has a thing for human rights and mentions them often.

A car in a flood in 1927 in Mississippi

The context is climate change

Journalists claim that it’s their duty to give context to important events. The floods in Alberta are important. The context is climate change, but the press is strangely absent…

screenshot of the National Post spoofing Google

A problem for Google: National Post

I was surprised to learn recently that an important paper that forms the basis of the intellectual underpinnings of the austerity movement is wrong. But more importantly, I discovered that Google needs to do a better job indexing webpages…

National Post retells racist joke

Scott Stinson’s defense of John Crosbie’s racist joke

I don’t make a habit of reading the National Post. It’s what Conservative Party members read. But I did see an article from Friday, November 4. It was on page three. I was immediately struck by the overt racism and decided to try to engage the author, Scott Stinson, by Twitter…

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Rex Murphy

There was a time when Rex Murphy spoke difficult truths and challenged powerful institutions. There was a time when Rex Murphy was a journalist that I might listen to. But no more…

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Discourse analysis of the National Post media surrounding Pickton

Soon I am embarking on a discourse analysis of the National Post’s coverage of the Robert Pickton murders. This is my second foray into a discourse analysis of a major media outlet. The first was on the Calgary Herald and I was interested in their analysis and value judgments of climate change issues. This time…

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