Consider other options…

26 02 2010

Evenings with the king of faux-compassion, Anderson Cooper, and being spat in the face by Bill O’Reilly can get a little annoying, if not utterly mundane, along with the same local news feed to which we subject ourselves to daily. Mainstream media, represented by an increasingly concentrated market, provides us with a seemingly single pane through which we receive information. That is why I want to feature two alternative media sites:

Launched in 2003, The Tyee is webmag that focuses namely on news and media issues facing the province of British Columbia, but ones that easily resonate throughout Canada and the world at large. As you might suspect, its online front-pages are wrought with olympic coverage at present, but the site continues to carry wide coverage of Canadian arts and culture, and the country’s unique media landscape. The site’s Mediacheck section is a great source for both looking at the politics facing Canada’s increasingly concentrated media scene and new technological innovations. Michael Geist, who I referenced in an earlier post, often writes for the Mediacheck. Click on the log0 below to check it out. is an online Canadian daily with a focus on progressive politics. Since its launch in 2001, Rabble’s has published work by noted Canadian leftist writers, including Naomi Klein and Linda McQuaig. The site has become the source of nation-oriented grassroots political discussion and features of variety of resources, including an expansive blogroll featuring some of the country’s most ‘insightful and opinionated progressive activists’, and great series of podcasts. Click on the logo below to check it out.


Creativity vs. Law

1 02 2010

Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, gives a really neat an insightful discussion on the state of the creative realm in the video below. He suggests that copyright laws, while originally derived to protect the work of artists and encourage creativity, are headed in the a very dangerous direction that could ultimately stifle creativity. And instead of protecting the artist’s work, this legislation is simply deepening the pockets of those in control of content production and channels of distribution.

You can learn more about Lessig and his interests by hopping over to his website, here. It’s worth noting that Lessig allows the free download of a number of his books, including Code 2.0 – a book that was partly written in concert with bloggers and other online folk via a wiki, and a seminal text in understanding some of the regulatory issues surrounding the World Wide Web.

If you like what Lessig has to say, or would like a to learn a little bit more on similar issues but from a Canadian perspective, check Michael Geist’s blog.