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?