Megalomedia - Wake up to your news

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wow.

So anyone read this story yet? Go read it, then come back. Enraged yet? Yea me too. So why is the media outlet that's locked out its employees the only one to pick up this story (that I can find, though in fairness, I no longer have the easy search access that I used to)? Honestly, this is fucking insane. Now the cops won't comment because of the investigation? The investigation sure as hell didn't stop them from lying to clear their name when this story first broke. It's pretty bloody convenient now, isn't it? Fuckers. I hope someone staples this story to Peter Worthington's face. Yay look Peter, not only did they shoot the brown man, but they knocked him out of his seat too! Well he should have known better. Brown man riding the subway, what's next, the vote?

Monday, August 15, 2005

Quick hit

Who thinks this story is going to be ignored in the U.S.?

Aww, I missed you too

Hi folks, Long time no seethe, eh? I gotta say, this 9-5'in' it isn't all bad, but it has thrown a wrinkle into my Megalomedia ways. Here's the slightly-more concrete plan. I'm moving in a little less than two weeks, at which point I'm going to get a subscription to the Globe and hopefully also the Toronto Star (though you have to go through an intermediary company for that, so I have to see how that works), and I've even considered getting the Citizen too. Once that happens, I'll have a lot more to say here. Until then, however, you'll have to make do with these sporadic updates. I just wanted to mark the start of the CBC lockout. My alarm went off at 7 a.m. today (oh, so much nicer than when it went off at 3:30 a.m.) and I was treated to the sound of a voice I didn't recognize reading me the news. I am not going to pretend to know the ins-and-outs of the dispute, but I will say a few things: - they're talking about contingency plans for NHL broadcasts, which doesn't make me confident that this will end soon - as a rule, I am wary of anyone who wants to hire more contract workers. Contract workers in industries where there's clearly a need for long-term employees smacks of cost-cutting bullshit. It's a way to have employees without paying them benefits or pensions, and it takes a toll on the worker who has no job security (conflict of interest alert, I just switched to salaried employee status after three years of being a contract worker. I much prefer salary). - I have a lot of friends who work at the CBC and this can't be good for them. Hang in there guys. - I have a few friends whose jobs rely on the CBC being aired. Also hang in there guys. - This will make tomorrow's MediaScout interesting (I'm doing it, you see). What happens to the Big Six when The National is in lockout mode?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

New World Order

Or possibly something less dramatic. So the big news that I talked about before the long weekend was that I have a new job. I'm now part of the corporate 9-5 machine, and frankly, I'm pretty content there. Sure, I'll miss raging against the machine, but the machine doesn't make me wake up at 3:30 a.m. Plus I have an office. But rest assured, fair readers, this site will not be allowed to wither and die. Instead, it will become more like other popular weblogs (like adsthatsuck, for example) and be updated when events warrant and time allows. I'm hoping for two-to-three times a week. And I still intend to introduce a podcast in the fall. So keep checking the site, kids. It may take me a few weeks to get used to the 9-5 grind and find time to rant thoroughly, but I promise not to leave you hanging in the meantime. Cheers! jb