Media Criticism

Silence

Xavier Dolan | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Xavier Dolan

How can I keep silent, in spite of level-headed advice to do just that, in the wake of last week's media circus around an unimportant statement I made about the absence of my film from the Oscars. There seems to be a certain maneuver that's foolproof when it comes to non-news. I think it goes something like this: if an artist says that "not having the chance to participate is ostracizing," you can't get any mileage on that; better to say he feels ostracized, which makes him into more of a victim. The most extraordinary response to this letter, whose content is publicly available in its entirety, unaltered and unedited, would be total silence, oddly enough.

Let's Get as Angry About Political Wrongdoings as We Do About Political Correctness

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

Why hasn't my Facebook feed filled with at least the same level of indignation about our government's disgraceful treatment of our Veterans as it was about the a tobogganing hill? We must learn to calibrate our anger so it's proportional to the injustice or slight. Let's fight for the things that make life fun for us like tobogganing while also fighting the things that make life miserable such as payday loan companies, multinational corporations, venture capitalists, a failed War on Terrorism and the self-serving hacks in the media and government who enable it all.

What Americans Get Wrong About Canada

Joseph McLean | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph McLean

You're wrong about Canada. NBC, Global TV, CNN, ABC, on the news and on the screens. We've been through a lot since October 22, collectively, as a country. But how can you stand and say that we've lost our innocence, how can you print it like a litany, false sympathy for our tears?

Why It's Important To Watch Middle Eastern News Coverage With a Critical Eye

Philippe Labrecque | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada
Philippe Labrecque

If the theory that the executions were faked by Hollywood (and that the journalists were alive) seem far-fetched, it illustrates the ideological line of the network as the influence of Qatar's royalty, the founders of the TV station, can be felt as they may not view an American intervention against the Islamic State favourably.

Why I'm Against Israel's "Too Skinny" Ban on Models

Cynthia Cheng Mintz | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Living
Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Israel's has recently banned "too-skinny" models requiring they must have a BMI of at least 18.5 in order to work. There are very strict rules about using models who fall below the magic number. However, this ruling is unfair. BMI is, after all, not always an indicator of health -- there have been many publications that have proven that. For example, people with very light bones and athletes are more likely to fall out of said number, and still be relatively healthy. In addition, one can meet these minimum requirements, yet still look extremely thin -- muscle, after all, weighs more than fat.

The CNN Bubble: Where America Is the World

Deena Douara | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada
Deena Douara

There are a lot of important things happening in the world right now. What are they? I couldn't tell you; I watch CNN.