So I just watched the clip of the show Red Eye that everyone is freaking out over. The one where Greg Gutfeld, the show’s host, as well as a number of panelists criticize Canada for suggesting our troops may need an operational rest period after the mission in Afghanistan draws to a close.
My thoughts? Big deal.
The Canadian Forces will almost certainly need some sort of down time after the mission as a result of years of neglect on the part of successive governments. If being made fun of for that fact upsets you then you should probably write your Member of Parliament, not Fox News.
The show goes on poke fun at the RCMP for “riding horses” and “wearing coats that can be seen from miles away,” comments that have apparently outraged many Canadians, including Rick Mercer.
In the Globe and Mail Mercer says that, “If you’re going to do satire, three of the most important rules are you have to tell the truth, you can’t be a bully and don’t be an asshole.”
Meaning you have to tell the truth when you’re an American talking about Canadians, but not when you’re a Canadian who’s Talking to Americans, a Mercer satire show that included segments where he told Americans about Canada’s “national igloo” or “Peter Man’s Bridge,” both complete fabrications.
And you can’t be a bully or an asshole, unless you’re a “reporter” for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and you bully your way into a Dalton McGuinty press scrum while he’s taking questions on massive layoffs in Hamilton to ask stupid questions.
The hoopla made by this country’s media over Gutfeld’s comments are rank with hypocrisy and double standards. Red Eye is late night, cheap comedy and nothing more. That we in Canada give it so much credit should raise more questions than the show itself.
Perhaps we should worry more about the fact that our military needs a break than we are about the comedians making fun of us.
One fat woman, leading workers in protest during the democracy demonstrations in China, 1989
Now THAT’S a protest song!
(From “A million Beijing residents demonstrate in support of students and demand that Deng Xiaoping step down”)
With the Montreal Canadiens, that is. Les Glorieux. God’s team in the NHL.
This was supposed to be the year! General Manager, now Coach Bob Gainey promised a Stanley Cup win, goalie Carey Price was to be the second coming of St. Patrick and the team’s depth was supposed to take them all the way. Now fans are left worrying not about who the Habs will play in the post-season, but if they’ll make it that far at all.
Tonight’s game against arch rivals the Maple Leafs will be about more than just beating the evil empire. It will be a statement game like few before it. If the bleu, blanc et rouge don’t pull out a big win in front of the home crowd tonight, they may not earn a seat at the big spring dance.
Since Twitter is still in its infancy, it’s impossible to say just how one is “supposed” to use it. Though its stated purpose is to be a “service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”, social networking sites often adapt to what their users want and what will give them a leg up on their competitors. That’s part of the beauty of social media: it’s always in flux and can be used for anything users can think of.
That being said, to my mind Twitter is a particularly great tool for two things: sharing information via links (be it photos, blogs, news articles or what have you) and keeping up to date on what others are up to.
While I appreciate the use of the @username function, I’ve found that far too many people use it to carry on extended conversation. These barely understandable one-sided dialogues end up pushing out other interesting tweets from being readily discovered, rendering Twitter nothing more than a publicly viewed MSN Messenger, AIM or other messenger service.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m guilty of it too. But could it be that Twitter is just better without drawn out conversation between two or more parties? If we want to have a discussion, are there not better platforms to use?
Am I the only one tired of too much tweeting?
Just had a good conversation about U.S. Steel’s decision to move production to the States from Hamilton and Nanticoke.
I find it interesting that many people blame “the Americans” for mothballing the former Stelco plants, as though the company was rolling in profits when Canadian-owned.
There were, and continue to be, a number of problems facing the steel industry in North America, not least of which is the slowdown in automaking. If steel isn’t needed to make anything, what happens to the price of steel?
The plant’s temporary shutdown is a terrible thing for Hamilton, but I don’t think that it’s productive to blame U.S. Steel for their latest decision.