On January 31st of this year, a Japanese tabloid magazine published pictures of 20-year-old Minami Minegishi, member of popular all-girl group AKB48, leaving the apartment building of a member of a local Japanese boy band. Because AKB48 prides itself on an overly cute (or kawaii) mystique, the group’s supposedly innocent reputation could be tarnished by the publication of scandalous pictures of one of their lead singers which hint at both a one-night stand and a walk of shame. Continue reading
Patterns of North American Pseudo-Coverage: What is really being done?
Some say that this generation of Facebookers, Tweeters, Instagrammers, and Tumblr-ers is becoming more vain with every post, like, and reblog. They say that today’s young adults have never known a time when the world took priority over self. But what if this concern extends further than the average media consumer; what if it encompasses the very news system by which we gain information, the system by which we come to know our world and our position in it? Continue reading
If you were watching the stock markets the day after Obama won the 2012 election, you would have noticed an interesting reaction to the news. Wall Street threw a temper tantrum; the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plummeted more than 300 points during the course of the day’s trading. The DJIA, NASDAQ 100, and the S&P 500 are averages calculated from the stock prices of a number of successful companies and are considered somewhat of a barometer of how the overall markets are doing.
The stock markets are supposed to reflect the current or expected future value of the companies listed on them and can be influenced by a number of external factors. As indicated by the après-election drop, politics is one of them, and I have three theories as to why this particular politics-related drop occurred and why we should care.
It’s easy to rely on financial advice from experts with whom we share no personal connection. Monday night, however, 400 members of the Western community heard Kevin O’Leary’s advice in person, without a television or computer screen dividing the business guru and ticketholders. The predominantly male audience at Somerville House had an unobstructed view of the Ivey alumnus.
Known as the ruthless venture capitalist on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and ABC’s Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary garners interest from viewers ranging from “9 year old girls to 90 year old men.” In between bragging about his shows’ high ratings, O’Leary marvelled at TV’s ability to propel his career. Nevertheless, O’Leary insisted that “television is not just about narcissism.” Continue reading
Last night at 1 a.m., NYPD officers dressed in riot gear moved in to Zuccotti park, the first and largest location for the Occupy movement, and evicted protestors. There were many causes for concern during last night’s raid, one of which was the use of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) on protestors, as reported by the New Yorkist’s twitter account. An LRAD is a device designed for use in Iraq and Afghanistan and can damage the hearing of entire crowds. Of course, the clearing of Zuccotti park was all in the name of “public safety,” according to an official statement by Mayor Bloomberg, but perhaps most telling is his statement that it was “at Brookfield’s request” that the NYPD cleared the park. Brookfield Properties, the corporation that owns the park, is one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate companies. Perhaps most concerning, however, is the deliberate and nearly total media blackout that the raid was carried out under. Continue reading
By: Melanie Anderson
Over the past week the CBC has been criticized for denying information requests, of one-sided coverage, and being unworthy of our taxpayers’ dollars. The critics? Media conglomerate Quebecor and the Conservative government. The underlying motive? Profit. So, what else is new? Continue reading