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The Big Pink Elephant

Queer clowns, comedic activism, and the harm of “progressive” humor

This blog seeks to take the big pink elephant head-on. The elephant in the room is homophobia in the media, but not your average, homophobic social conservatives. 1,155 more words


Road to Servitude reblogged this on thematicsatire and commented:

Fascinating post on the complexity and ambivalence of satirising prejudices and bigotry. It does often seem to me that all satire about bigotry often (or possibly always) take the risk of reinforcing prejudices. This is one reason why I believe every satire writer, paid or unpaid, new or old, would benefit from reflecting on what our limits are. Not in the sense of an externally imposed norm (i.e. "heteronomous" norm), but on an individual level, in our own individual social contexts. I often feel that satire is "amoral" not in the sense of being "morally neutral" (sic), but in the sense of being radically ambivalent, rather than positive or negative. One key question is: Under what circumstances might the ambivalence end up boiling out, and becoming explicitly vicious and pernicious? But this is, of course, a contextual matter. I wonder if anyone has written some rough speculations (or indeed empirical studies) on the latter question. Certainly, satire is always a form of "symbolic violence." And, to borrow the other two terms of the trichotomy in Slavoj Zizek's "Violence," it can either be subjective violence (spontaneous, insurresctionary, bottom-up) or objective violence (ordered, authoritative, regulated, top-down ). Needless to say, the three terms of this trichotomy are not always necessarily discrete and mutually exclusive possibilities.


By Nikos Sverkos

In politics, whoever can better influence the international media to push forward their views has the upper hand, say political communications insiders. And this isn’t just the case during election campaigns: in the European Union, decision-making power depends not only on the size of a given player’s economy, but also on how it deals with international media. 947 more words


Pleasant Memories: Working for the CBC in the Fifties and Sixties

It felt good. The CBC was a church. The President was the Pope and the Vice Presidents the cardinals. Middle managers were high priests and a few Mothers Superior and the rest of us were monks and nuns. 276 more words

It's always the attempted cover up that causes problems

Ahmen Khawaja, a BBC journalist overhears a conversation about the Queen’s health. I imagine she’s thinking she’ll be joining the throng of people tweeting about it, and also I imagine hoping she’ll be thought of being in on a big story. 133 more words

BBC & The Media

Gamergate: Last life for game journalists, full health for gamers.

If you’ve never heard about GamerGate then you either don’t play video games, or you’ve been playing too many to notice it in the media. 383 more words


Pro and Con Persuasive Speeches on Journalistic Ethics

Here is where I argue that “off the record” is a guideline, not an actual rule

Here is where I argue that despite not being law, “off the record” should mean something


Kevin Crull Versus the Code of Journalistic Ethics

On Thursday, March 26, the chairman of the CRTC (the Canadian broadcast regulator), Jean-Pierre Blais, announced the so-called “pick-and pay” policy that will give consumers more freedom to choose cable and satellite TV channels. 137 more words