For the junkies: Media madness
The Canadian Senate's "Final Report on the Canadian News Media"
is out. I'd call it a heckuva doorstopper, but that's sooo old technology. It's a memory hogger. (See my past report on the committee here.)
There's not a single mention of the queer press in Canada in there. I haven't finished reading it (that'll take hours), but searches for "queer," "gay," "lesbian" and "GL" turned up nuthin'. GLBT publishers ignored this commission at their peril. You're part of the milieu, and hiding your head in the sand won't work. (And the fact that out senators Laurier L. LaPierre
and Nancy Ruth
helped out for the hearings isn't enough. Neither has a foot in the queer community press.)
"Blog" is mentioned once, by a reporter who told the commissioners: "The information on the Internet may not always be just the unreliable, opinionated bloggers. I think that, increasingly, people might be turning to more mainstream or established websites like the New York Times.
Personally, I almost never watch television any more because it is so slow to sit through a newscast when I can go to the CBC
or the CTV
website and find all the stories on the line-up and just scan them within a few minutes."
Bloggers also ignored this commission at their own risk.
Oh wait. That's me.