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The Right Side of History

In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s long list of ethical missteps, among them failing to protect users’ private information from hacks and for selling users’ data without consent. The first is an example of …

“Hijab Hoax” Case Study

by Michelle Solomon and Neil Andersen Because the primary function of media is to communicate culture, media literacy is a wonderfully compelling blend of media studies and cultural studies. The Hijab Hoax news story case study is exactly that blend, and it provides rich learning opportunities. We have packaged the …

Phone Ban Fallout

The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They may be used during lunch, but “no social media, no texting, no taking or viewing photos and videos.” Toronto middle school bans use of cellphones in classrooms, hallways …

A Tale of Two Audiences

Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a TV celebrity has become serious politics. Talk show hosts have stopped joking as the candidate has himself committed serial gaffes that outstrip writers’ imaginations. Yet the campaign juggernauts …

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

  Viking/Penguin Press 2014 Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle, is “the astonishing inside story of the world’s most infamous mayor and his troubled family.” Ms. Doolittle does a great job of documenting the Toronto Star’s reportage of Rob Ford’s mayoralty while working to maintain fairness and objectivity. Her book should …

When truth doesn’t matter

Rob Ford has been accused by Gawker and the Toronto Star of making prejudicial remarks about minorities and Justin Trudeau while smoking crack cocaine. The charges may only be allegations, buy but it doesn’t matter. The effects—on Ford and on Toronto—are the same whether the allegations are fact or fiction.