Issues/Your Take

The Impact of Netflix Increasing its Prices

  ARTICLE : Netflix is going to report its fourth quarter earnings next week and the question addressed in this article is : How has their increase in pricing affected its earnings? This article states that Netflix is expected to have : “more than 173% improvement compared with the same quarter a year ago, […]

Question of the Week (Class 3): What should we do about “fake news”?

With all the noise, concern and misdirection around what has come to be known as “fake news”, it’s easy to lose of not only the legal history of addressing similar, if not identical, issues. What seems odd today is that those who shout “fake news” often seem cynically tactical and rarely seem as interested in […]

Question of the Week (Class 2) Poll

With a little help from the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology we now have Polls enabled on this site. With a little luck I’ll have figured out how to enable them and if so a poll on how your feel after our discussions about U.S. Super Bowl commercials on Canadian TV will appear […]

Digital Distraction

Hi, I wanted to share with you a new that I read this weekend from The Globe And Mail:  It is about how smartphones have changed the way our brain works, how it has been influencing our way to communicate and to access media. Family interaction is affected starting from breastfeeding. Apps would have been […]

Question of the Week (Class 2): U.S. Super Bowl Commercials on Canadian TV – Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

Journalistically one should never  “bury your lead”, so the story above (click on it) tells you the current state of play. The CRTC’s (17 page) decision to make removing authorization for simultaneous substitution under it’s regulations can be found below if you are hungering for lots of background detail… The Simultaneous Substitution Regulations can be […]

Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Vice production order ruling

The Ontario Court of Appeal released a decision today, in which they upheld the lower Court’s ruling that forced a Vice reporter to hand over some materials to the RCMP. Interesting to see if it does end up going to the SCC.

Updated Slide Deck FOR SECURITY

Here is the updated PowerPoint from today’s presentation, with all the functioning hyperlinks. Enjoy!

Old TV networks get another win against online providers

Here’s a story about a 9th Circuit decision, from Ars. Apparently the internet doesn’t count as a “communication channel,” according to the “expert” from FOX. Those alternative facts are pretty convincing, it would seem.

“Why Mobile Game Ads Look Nothing Like the Game” (Motherboard)

Hi all, I came across an article which makes an interesting addendum to the topic on which I presented last week: “Why Mobile Game Ads Look Nothing Like the Game” (Motherboard). As the title implies, it focuses on ads for mobile games (on TV and elsewhere), and has more of an American perspective than our […]

“Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds – New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason”

Hello everyone, Here’s a very intriguing article from The New Yorker about information processing and human perception. I suspect that many of you will find this piece interesting and (perhaps more importantly) enjoyable to read. The author relates modern phenomena (e.g. fake news) to key developments in our ancient past, with references to a variety […]