Media Gone Wild

February 24, 2006 at 11:27 am (Uncategorized)

  Media covergence in Quebec is getting out of hand. One of the biggest experts at this is Quebecor Media controlled by the Peladeau family. They are really overdoing it lately. Their logo is just everywhere these days, it is insane.
   Quebecor started out as a newspaper publisher some 40 years ago. It was not a great paper but it appealed to the masses. The paper was never quality journalism, mostly sensationalist crap and sports.
    Then they got bigger in the last ten years. First they bought some trashy checkout counter magazines. A few years later,they bought the largest cable TV/internet company in the province(Videotron) , and in the same deal picked up the largest TV network as well(TVA).
  Once all this was complete, the convergence/synergy got in action. The magazines/papers promote the TV shows, the commercials during shows are for the print media, and all of it is promoted on their related internet sites.
  All this cross promotional stuff gets really bad when StarAcademie(The Quebec version of American Idol) is on the TV. That is when the convergence goes into hypermode. All their media, promotes the show, it is absurd. They do it so well, that suddenly it is top news everywhere. Once the show is over , they make  the record album, and they plug those as well, since they also own one of the largest record distributors in QC (Archambault) as well.
  Obviously the powers that be, could not and will not stop their buying spree/convergence. Their reach is even in Ontario now, via Sun Media. I believe the reasons no one stops Quebecor is that they have alot of political clout. For more information all this insane convergence and what they own, check out their website  at ,
www.quebecor.com.

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The February Blues

February 22, 2006 at 8:40 am (Uncategorized)

     Stuck in the February blues, also known as, the when is this winter going to end blues. Winter starts out some time in November and just goes on and on.

      It is nice in December when we get snow for Christmas and everything is  postcard white. Then January comes along and it still seems alright. Then February arrives and it just seems like the longest month of the year.

  In reality, February is the shortest month, but I guess the anticipation of March only makes it seem longer. People that live in Montreal, know what I mean. February can be a crazy month weather wise. Last Friday was a perfect example of this, we had snow, sleet, freezing rain, and 100 Kmh winds. People were holding onto trees, the sidewalks were a skating rink, it was a perfect mess.

  What is hard about February is that it seems like a huge bump in the road and you can almost smell spring on the other side. The smell of spring seems to be in the air, it is just being hidden by the snow and the cold.

  I have decided that today is the time to get out of the February funk, I am officially starting the one week countdown today. We are into the homestrectch as they say, next Wednesday, it will be March, YOUPPI !!!

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Changes Part 2

February 13, 2006 at 10:12 am (Uncategorized)

  This is a follow-up post to my last post on the elections. As the Conservative party is showing us, nothing has changed. They accused the Liberals of all sorts of things and they are not better.

   It started right away with the naming of the PC cabinet. One of the members of the cabinet is a Liberal(David Emerson) who switched parties before even making it to the house. A few days before the election he was just blasting away at the PC party saying how their platform was no good and a few weeks later he is Trade Minister.

  How can the PC party accept  Mr Emerson as its newest member, all of a sudden, it makes no sense. What  about Mr Emerson himself, he was a Liberal and then suddenly he feels he should be a Conservative. What about the voters that voted Liberal, and suddenly find themselves with a Conservative representative. Jumping from one party to another should not be permitted.

  Where is the justice in all this, I am not certain there is any. Democracy at times is an illusion as I previously stated.

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