Big Changes to Community Cable TV — And It’s Not Good

A media release from the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) says a new CRTC local and community TV policy will slash the budget for community TV to one-sixth what it was under the 2010 policy.

Community TV stations have been serving many small towns and cities for decades and with this recent change . . . → Read More: Big Changes to Community Cable TV — And It’s Not Good

Vertigo – Toronto Film Festival Rediscovers A Classic

Photo of Kim Novak by Nicholas Spillios captured on the Red Carpet at Roy Thomson Hall

It is not often that film classics get the attention they deserve. Sight and Sound named “Vertigo” (1958) the greatest film of all time in the last poll which is conducted every ten years  by film critics.  This year . . . → Read More: Vertigo – Toronto Film Festival Rediscovers A Classic

Confessions of a TIFF Follower

One of the challenges of the 39th year of the Festival is to discover the hidden treasures among the commercial hits… . . . → Read More: Confessions of a TIFF Follower

We Mourn The Loss of One Of AAMA’s Founding Members

When I received news of the passing of Wayne Blair on July 25, 2012 I immediately thought of the first time I met Wayne. I was attending a media education conference in Toronto Ontario in 1995. Wayne was waiting in the front row for the morning’s keynote speaker. I was a newbie to the whole “media . . . → Read More: We Mourn The Loss of One Of AAMA’s Founding Members

Canada’s First Online Media Literacy Course

Athabasca University, a world leader in distance learning, is announcing the long-awaited availability of a media education course designed specifically for teachers of grades 7 to 12 along with students of media and communication programs.

Titled Understanding Media Literacy: Inside Plato’s Cave, the course will initially be provided as a summer course running between July 5 and . . . → Read More: Canada’s First Online Media Literacy Course

Web 3.0 at AAMA 2010 AGM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Philip McRae

On May 11, 2010, members of AAMA were provided with the opportunity to learn about the possible new ways the Internet will affect our lives during Dr. Philip McRae’s keynote presentation Web 3.0: Are You Ready To Dive In?

Holding a cell phone, Dr. McRae speaks about how the Internet is . . . → Read More: Web 3.0 at AAMA 2010 AGM

Killing Us Softly — Round 4

In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging . . . → Read More: Killing Us Softly — Round 4

Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

UK University of Lincoln student paper The Linc has an interesting article by Stacey Cosens, asking if airbrushing is creating unachievable beauty. An excerpt:

It is a common tool used in the media industry, but certain evidence suggests that airbrushing may have gone too far. We are bombarded with images of the ‘perfect body’ in . . . → Read More: Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?

When I received an email about the building of the Russian Teardrop Memorial in New York, I was a bit skeptical since I had heard nothing about such an important event. I immediately went to Snopes to check whether it was correct and found out that it was.

Today I Googled “Teardrop Memorial” and found many other . . . → Read More: Why Do News Stories Get Buried Or Disseminated Widely?

TV Viewing Habits Change for Young Consumers

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study released in January 2010, watching regularly-scheduled TV has declined by 25 minutes. But don’t think that is because kids are turning off the television. Instead they are increasingly accessing it on the Internet, cell phones and iPods resulting in an increase of 38 more minutes of tube time.

In a . . . → Read More: TV Viewing Habits Change for Young Consumers