Media Beat: September 10, 2018

Media Beat: September 10, 2018

By David Farrell

Canada must tax and regulate online tech giants

Few would argue that all businesses should not be treated equally under the law, yet today’s political consensus delivers the exact opposite result: a two-tiered system where Canadian businesses are subject to Parliament’s will and foreign internet giants are allowed to write their own rules.

In 1984, Orwell depicted the final conquest of totalitarianism with characters who had come to believe that “War is peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” The innovation fantasy maintains its power by normalizing exactly this type of absurd language. The “sharing economy” involves no sharing. “Social media” empowers the most anti-social elements in our society. – Editorial by Daniel Bernhard, Toronto Star


Corporate America Is standing up for a better change

Ford, Levi Strauss and Nike are prominent in a growing wave of big brands that are showing leadership in a country where the elected leaders have seemingly gone mad. – Ellen McGirt, Fortune

Nike sales surge following Colin Kaepernick ad campaign

According to Edison Trends, a digital commerce research company: “Nike sales grew 31% from Sunday through Tuesday over Labor Day this year, besting 2017’s comparative 17% increase.” – Martin Pengelly, The Guardian (UK)



Colin Kaepernick Nike Commercial



Why it’s time news got to know its readers

Readers have distinct needs and behaviours. The challenge for publishers, both new startups like Synopted or large-scale national outlets, becomes: What part of a reader’s habitual information routine can we occupy? And what community of readers can we serve? – Ipsita Agarwal, Medium

Vanessa Heins


Music News

Alexisonfire Are Releasing a Live Album from Their Hometown Born & Raised Festival

The St. Catharines, Ontario band are bringing the festival back this summer, and they'll release LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON just in time for fans to hear it first.

After a two year hiatus, Alexisonfire are resurrecting their hometown festival Born & Raised on July 5 and 6 at Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario. Just in time, they're releasing a live album from the last time they held the festival, in 2022.

The album, LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON, captures their career-spanning set from the inaugural edition of the festival. In front of their hometown fans, they played songs from throughout their more-than-two-decades long career.

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