There are many reasons why I am not a journalist and some day I think I will write about that. In the interim, let me tell you about one of my professional experiences with the corporate broadcaster.
Several months ago, before CBC forgot to get a CRTC license for their new Saskatoon radio station, I was interviewing for a job with them as a web producer or something. I had a phone interview that went really well, but in-person the interview fell apart almost immediately. Presumably, I was in the room because of the “web” portion of the title, but the all-male panel of interviewers (I think 3 or 4) grilled me on the nature of journalism and it all culminated in the sweetest question: “What is your journalism?” To which I think I finally gave the answer they were looking for: “I’m not a journalist.” They didn’t call back.
And I ask you, with stories like the following coming out of CBC, why would I want to be one?
CBC’s iTeam spent a day driving around Regina, testing the temperatures of coffee and tea from different establishments. Tune into CBC News Saskatchewan’s suppertime television news on Wednesday to see where team discovered the hottest drinks.
I’ve been worried that we’d lost our ability to be silly. In a post 9/11 world, silliness hasn’t seemed relevant in pop culture (though it’s coming back, see Comedy Bang Bang), but it turns out that I’ve simply been looking in the wrong place. Silliness moved from the big screen to the big wigs and this article absolutely makes my day sillier.
A group of Russian lawyers is reportedly planning a law suit against Harry Potter producers Warner Bros over apparent similarities between Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and CGI-tastic Chamber of Secrets star Dobby the elf… Reports that George Bush is unhappy at his resemblance to Gollum in The Two Towers have so far proved difficult to confirm.
They focus on Google in this article (and they deserve recognition in this regard), but my emphasis is that this is an open source success that is surrounded by walled-garden failure.
In a way, the experience of using Google to access the 19th century has enriched our ability to work in the physical archives and libraries that many of us still consider to be the epicenter of scholarship. I am constantly moving between my Victorian online experience and the far richer evidence available at some brick-and-mortar libraries.
I love Planet Money and I could probably just link you to every single episode, but I won’t. However, I found this episode especially compelling. The answer to managing (I won’t say “fix”) global warming, you’ve heard it before, is a carbon tax, but I had never thought of it as replacing a bad tax with a good one.
In high school, I vaguely understood goths as advocates of the devil (because I was deep in crazy-town Christianity) and listeners of Marylin Manson, White Zombie and other music that I secretly enjoyed but never mentioned (like all good Christians). These days it makes no sense to me at all, but I’ve never understood fashion. Although the mainstream reaction in Kenya seems to be the same as North America, the growing/evolving goth subculture in Kenya is not tied to the same pillars of music.
Also worth noting is the moniker of “Nairobbery” because of the crime rate in Nairobi. I giggled.