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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: sober queer spaces, hockey, recovering history, Ed Koch, Pride

  • Them writes about the importance of queer spaces like coffee shops where people can gather while being sober.
  • Folio links to a fascinating study examining why professional hockey players have not come out, and what might make them do so.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the fascinating process of recovering black queer history through researching articles in sensationalist magazines.
  • Hornet Stories describes the fascinating, disastrous history of closeted New York City mayor Ed Koch.
  • A controversy over the headlining of Ariana Grande at 2019 Manchester Pride led to a debate to questions of queer representation on Pride stages. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Bruce McArthur, Ontario Place, real estate, Chickadee and Owl, TTC

  • This Toronto Star feature touches upon the continuing upset among the communities affected by the murders of Bruce McArthur.
  • Polling suggests that most Torontonians want Ontario Place to remain a place where they can access Lake Ontario easily. I do like the idea of a ferris wheel, mind. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO notes that a small shack near the Art Gallery of Ontario is selling for $2.5 million. (The value, to be fair, is in the land the building sits on.)
  • Jamie Bradburn shares some classic advertisements for children’s science magazines Chickadee and Owl.
  • Steve Munro analyses at length the City of Toronto’s budget, specifically as it relates to the TTC.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes how evidence of exoplanets can be found in a spectrum of Van Maanen’s Star taken in 1917.
  • blogTO notes that Michelle Obama is coming to visit Toronto.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that someone has scanned in the copies of 1980s periodical The Twilight Zone Magazine.
  • D-Brief notes the tens of thousands of genders of fungus.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a paper calculating circumstellar habitable zones and orbits for planets of binary stars.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas argues it is much too late to retroactively add ethical concerns to new technologies.
  • Language Log notes the struggle of many to pronounce the name of the president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes an alarming increase in mass shootings in the US over the past decades.
  • The LRB Blog argues that a moral panic over “pop-up brothels” helps no one involved.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports</u. on Zubaida Tariq, the Martha Stewart of Pakistan.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel likes the new Discovery episode. I wonder, though: hasn’t Trek always been a bit science fantasy?
  • Window on Eurasia argues Russian policies which marginalize non-Russian languages in education may produce blowback.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes that the TTC plans on raising fares for next year.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the evidence for an ocean on Pluto.
  • City of Brass’ Aziz Poonawalla argues against Muslims voluntarily registering in an American listing of Muslims.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the sadness of Abbie Hoffman at Janis Joplin’s use of IV drugs.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Manhattan’s Trump Place complex has opted to drop the name.
  • Language Hat looks at a seminal Arabic novel published in mid-19th century France.
  • Language Log looks at an intriguing Chinese-language sign in London.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money suggests that the US-Iran nuclear deal is likely to stay.
  • The LRB Blog looks at a critic’s old building, an old warehouse, in New York City.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the art of the spot illustration.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the state of interethnic relations in Kazakhstan.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at some flowers of Mediterranean climate zones.

[URBAN NOTE] On Rogers’ axing of Canadian mass media

Bloomberg carried the startling news in a brief article.

Rogers Communications Inc. is pulling back from its magazine business, shuttering some titles, selling others and reducing the frequency of its most-popular magazines, dealing a major blow to Canada’s already-struggling publishing industry.

“Maclean’s,” Canada’s best-known public affairs magazine, will shift from weekly publication to monthly while “Chatelaine” and “Today’s Parent” will move to six times a year. The print editions of “Sportsnet,” “MoneySense” and “Canadian Business” will be cut completely and become online-only. French-language titles will be sold, though a buyer has not yet been found, Rogers said in a statement Friday.

Shares in the Toronto-based telecommunications and media company were little changed at C$55.96 at 11:49 a.m. and have gained 17 percent this year.

Rogers has been struggling to maintain media revenue as advertisers continue their flight to the internet from traditional TV and print ads. It cut 200 media jobs earlier this year in a bid to save costs. The company isn’t alone. Newspaper and magazine owners including Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. have all made deep cuts in the last year.

The Toronto Star‘s Michael Lewis had more.

“We are going where our audiences are and doubling down on digital to grow our consumer magazine brands,” said Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media.

“We have already made significant investments in creating content and making it available on digital platforms, including Texture, Sportsnet Now and Rogers NHL GameCentre Live.”

Janice Neil, chair of Ryerson’s School of Journalism, called the moves another sign of the “end of the Guttenberg era,” referring to the German publisher who is credited with introducing the printing press to Europe in the 1400s.

Although she said the digital shift is inevitable given the online reading habits of younger generations, she called it a shame for older people who are not as tech savvy.

Neil also noted that Maclean’s, a venerable publication with a loyal print readership, is being scaled back in frequency while glossy showbiz magazine Hello! Canada will remain in weekly print.

This is huge news for Canadian mass media. MacLean’s a monthly?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

[ISL] “Old Farmer’s Almanac at 225: ‘It doesn’t look that much different’ “

CBC News interviewed Peter Rukavina, Island blogger, on the subject of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. I did not know he contributed to it.

Not too many publications last 25 years, let alone 225, but that’s the birthday being celebrated this year by the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

There are still many that swear by it for its annual insights into the coming seasons and weather patterns.

And there’s even an Islander involved, Peter Rukavina, who turned what he thought would be a short-term job into two decades of work.

As he told Island Morning’s Matt Rainnie, he was asked to help with the publication’s then-new digital companion, almanac.com.

“I had some experience with webby stuff, so I said yes, fully expecting this to be a month-long project, and 20 years later I’m still here,” said Rukavina.

He’s part of a great tradition which still sees some 4,000,000 copies distributed annually.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

[LINK] “National Geographic gives Fox control of media assets in $725 million deal”

The Washington Post is one news source of many to cover the news of National Geographic‘s inclusion in the Rupert Murdoch empire.

On Wednesday, the iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies.

In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.

Under the terms announced Wednesday, Fox will control 73 percent of the operation, called National Geographic Partners, with the balance held by the National Geographic Society. The partnership, based in Washington, will include a portfolio of National Geographic-branded cable TV channels, digital properties and publishing operations, most notably the magazine that has advanced the society’s founding mission — “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.”

The agreement provides a financial lifeline not just for the much-honored magazine, but also for the National Geographic Society itself, the organization’s chief executive acknowledged Wednesday. Like many print publications, National Geographic has been hurt by the onset of the digital era, which has put it on a slow trajectory toward extinction.

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The society first partnered with Fox in 1997 to launch the National Geographic cable channel, and later a fleet of smaller TV channels. The TV channels have grown into the organization’s most valuable assets; the venture had operating profits surpassing $400 million last year, according to one executive, although the society’s actual dividend from the partnership has not been disclosed.

Many have worried that Murdoch might influence the media negatively. What does it mean that Murdoch is a climate-change denier who has just bought a media outlet that has been consistently supportive of climate change and climate science, for instance?

Written by Randy McDonald

September 10, 2015 at 2:56 am