Daily Aggregation: VGM Friday – River City Ransom

daily-aggregation-21. THE RIGHT WAY TO COVER A STORY An American journalist argues the way CBC handled covering the shooting on Wednesday is the way to do it right: less sensationalism, disclaimers about the shape-shifting nature of the situation and strictly informative.

2. MORE SECURITY NEEDED, OR JUST “COMMON SENSE”? Postmedia’s Michael Den Tandt says overreacting with intense security isn’t the answer, but more stringent measures are needed, which are “in now way draconian, in a democracy,” to check people in the entrance to Parliament Hill: metal detectors, soldiers armed, etc.

3. LESS SECURITY NEEDED, NOT MORE? Former diplomat Scott Gilmore says Canadian political leaders ought to be less naive and more vigilant, but reacting with paranoia and panic would be a greater risk to the founding principles our country is supposed to be based on.

4. RACISTS REACTIONS TO CANADIAN MUSLIMS Paranoia and panic, they can bring the worst out in people. Keep a cool head Canadians; fueling hatred and causing suffering upon the innocent only escalates the problem – it doesn’t fix it.

5. YORKTON EXPLOSION A canola plant blew up this morning in Saskatchewan. Officials suspect it was dust catching fire that caused it.

6. SMART METER PROBLEMS The provincial NDP is arguing the government should’ve stopped the smart meter program when eight sockets were damaged during the trial period.

7. EUROPE VS. CLIMATE CHANGE The European Union (EU) is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 per cent by 2030 with a new agreement. Some environmentalists are saying it’s not enough.

8. INTERNS VS. HOLLYWOOD NBCUniversal is paying out $6.4 million to unpaid interns following a lawsuit filed against a number of big movie studios.

This week’s song is from an old school 8-bit beat’em-up favourite on the NES that gets me jumping to work everytime. Enjoy Running Around the City from River City Ransom:

Author: Bryn Hadubiak

Bryn is a University of Regina Journalism student in his final year, moonlighting as a freelancer. He also writes fiction and poems, does photography and knows way too much about old video games.

4 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: VGM Friday – River City Ransom”

  1. What exactly is the point of a trial period if you can’t get out of the contract when dangerous faults are detected?

  2. CBC is no exception, the Canadian mass media gets a massive #FAIL for Ottawa shooting coverage. Ask any average Canadian out of your pdawg/academic circle and they will tell you that ISIS “attacked” us on Wednesday, proving that when it comes to sucking every last drop of supposed meaning to these events that we are just as bad if not worse than Americans, since WE seem to care more. Yeah it’s awful and tragic that Cpl. Cirillo was gunned down but Ottawa was not “under attack”, never was, likely never will be. Radicalized “Muslim-converts” or worse, from overseas, are the new Red Menace lurking in the cabbage patch.

  3. It’s just bizarre the way these mass media meta narratives worm their way into your brain, whether it’s communists or terrorists. You need to worry 10,000x more about the aggressive Regina driver deliberately speeding up at you just because you’re crossing the street or right-turning into “their” lane as they approach. Once everyone decides to suppress their own raging terrorizing instincts, then I’ll worry about ISIS in Canada

  4. In other news, Jack Bruce, bassist and vocalist for the supergroup Cream, died today, aged 71. Hard to believe Ginger Baker has outlived him.

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