Most people are good and yet, when it comes to the news, books, television shows, and movies, the emphasis is on the bad. Now while bad makes for great plots, what are the underlying assumptions of it being more worthy than good as the focus of media content creation? That good is boring. That bad… Read More Learning to Love and Live The Banality of Good
This really seems to be the year of reboots. Of course the one foremost on my mind is the upcoming X-Files revival (it’s not a reboot, guys!), but honorable mentions go to Twin Peaks, Full House, and most recently, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The timing of these rumours seems strategic, to say the least,… Read More My Hopes for the Purported Reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Like so many others, I was saddened to hear that Jon Stewart plans on retiring from hosting the Daily Show later this year. What I will miss the most is the light he shone on the way the news stories can be distorted. Stewart’s analysis of news reports is a sorely needed skill in an… Read More Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Free Content Obsession
I am no artist, but I love music. I am always surprised (and rather unpleasantly!) when the music industry competes for my attention. It makes no sense to me that I should have to like an artist just because he or she is the one getting the most marketing effort from a company. After all,… Read More Creativity Is Everywhere: One Person’s Quest to Find It
I wish I could take credit for the above mentioned interesting thoughts, but I can’t – mine are still a rather incoherent jumble of ‘but’s and ‘what if’s. However David Neiwert’s thoughts are far from jumbled, and here are some of his eloquently presented thoughts on the topic. Marine parks like Sea World can be… Read More The Sea World tragedy – some interesting thoughts
October 15th was Blog Action Day, and its theme was poverty. It’s a great cause and, energized by the experience of engaging in elevated conversations with people from around the world about this important topic, I spent the last couple of days talking about it to all the poor souls I encountered. One encounter in… Read More Health for all, gender equality, animal rights etc: which cause to choose?
While I love fashion and Ugly Betty (the two seem forever linked in my mind now…), there are many aspects of both which bother me. First of all, the easy topic. Ugly Betty is a fantastic show about Betty, a young lady from Queens who gets a job as assistant to the editor-in-chief of Mode… Read More Ugly Betty, Vogue & the art of modeling: what is the price to be the Next Top Model?
As a follow-up to a debate I unwillingly stuck my big toe in a couple of days ago while reviewing Jennifer Weiner’s book Little Earthquakes, here is a very interesting article I found that I’d like to share. Chick Lit’s Big Fight By Helaine Olen August 16th 2006 August 16, 2006It’s hard to believe it… Read More The Chick Lit Debate
Before you call 1-800-KILL-HER, do give me a chance to explain myself. If I don’t end up surprising you, then I’ll dial the number myself. I’m not saying that taxes are easy to pay; I’ll be the first to admit that seeing, right beside the money that should be going into my bank account, the… Read More The evil that are taxes… Or are they?
Things didn’t seem to go as well as they did for me last week-end, certainly not in Toronto, where a “Violent Thanksgiving weekend in Toronto area claims eight lives“. THE CANADIAN PRESS – TORONTO – A violent and bloody holiday weekend across the Toronto area claimed at least eight lives. On Thanksgiving Monday, police were… Read More So much for giving thanks…