Dead Wild Roses: The Male Gaze and Female Armour – Star Wars and GoT

   It is nice to see that the revived Star Wars franchise is moving in the right direction with regards to the portrayal of women in movies.  Because most of the time we get this:    Titillating for the male gaze, but piss-poor at the actual function of armour. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Baby Steps, ...

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched  the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC  during our last provincial election,  seeing that few  progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things… They have been  wrong many times, but,  right or wrong, they work an ...

Left Over: Shove that Poll Where the Sun Don’t Shine…

Having watched  the polls ruin the voter turnout in BC  during our last provincial election,  seeing that few  progressives bothered to vote at all, since the polls were showing a vast majority for the NDP..I am no fan of the damn things… They have been  wrong many times, but,  right or wrong, they work an ...

Bill Longstaff: Why only politics when we think of democracy?

Conversations about democracy tend to revolve overwhelmingly about politics and government. These topics are rightly at the centre of democratic dialogue as they are the overarching institutions of our society. But if we are to have a thoroughly democratic society, we cannot limit ourselves to democratic government. We need to consider all our institutions. The ...

Bill Longstaff: Sun News and sewer journalism

When Sun News hires the infamous Ford brothers to do a TV show, decent people cringe, but they shouldn’t be surprised. Aping Fox News, as Sun Media are inclined to do, it is simply pandering to the lowest common denominator, and the Fords are masters at pleasing that crowd. An argument can be made that ...

RedBedHead: Canadians Don’t Trust Canada

Sao Paolo, Brazil – 140 people have died in the last two weeks in battles between police and inner-city gangs. Be hard to be held in lower esteem. This was an interesting poll in The Globe and Mail this morning. It seems that out of 26 countries in both hemispheres of the Americas, our very own Stephen ...

Bill Longstaff: Rupert Murdoch unfit for journalism

A British parliamentary panel has concluded that press lord Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.” They might equally have said he is not a fit person to exercise stewardship over journalism. The sleaze that has been revealed in Murdoch’s media empire is a direct result ...