(Sorry. This shit never gets old.)
Currently debating whether I should keep doing subscriptions through Patreon, or switch back to good old PayPal and Interac e-transfers. Partly it’s the annoyance of Patreon’s fees and having to maintain a presence on a whole new social network. But there’s also, well…
Recently Brianna Wu called out Patreon for permitting Fred Brennan to crowdfund his site, 8chan. 8chan is a spinoff of 4chan, the bubbling primordial soup of the Internet. 4chan is not what you would call strictly moderated. But its mods’ crackdowns on harassment campaigns and child pornography have driven many users to anything-goes 8chan, where messageboards for neo-Nazis and pedophiles proliferate.
Other upstanding members of Patreon include weev, a hacker hero who also happens to be a stalker and a white supremacist; and Dave Aurini, a walking fedora whose sad attempts at filmmaking incite harassment of pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian. And as long as they stay on this side of the law, they’re A-OK. Continue reading
The first real City Council meeting snuck up on me! Much of the agenda will be familiar if you followed last week’s Executive Committee meeting. SmartTrack makes its debut, the budget schedule gets settled, and Mammoliti’s in trouble again.
With the 2014-2018 term about to start, I thought I’d provide a brief primer for people who want to start watching City Hall in person. Where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more. Continue reading
David Hains, “Lessons from Rob Ford’s City Hall”:
As much as you’d like to hope that City Hall is too big and important an institution to be filtered through one man, that is not the case. Time and again, our public conversations have been distilled through Rob Ford’s ideology, preferences, and id. Rather than discussing important issues, like the funding crisis at Toronto’s social housing agency, we heard about the chief magistrate’s homophobia, racism, and misogyny. Would he apologize this time? What did he really mean, though? What would he say to Joe Warmington?
I think that there’s a sense in the press that they don’t want to start something. They want to respond to something. I think that’s a misunderstanding of what the world of the press should be. I think the Toronto Star is the exception to the rule I’m about to describe, but I think, generally speaking, the Canadian press has strayed from its basic connection to its audience. We should be running toward things that have not broken yet. News should be what people don’t know about yet. Everybody is just sort of chewing on the same bone. To be in a completely responsive mode is not responsible journalism.
It’s been incredibly vindicating to see Jesse Brown come along and make these criticisms of the industry. Not that we haven’t been yelling our heads off, but there are an awful lot of media people who will only take it seriously if it comes from the the right sort of white guy. (I don’t think they even realize they do this.) If you are one of those media people, go play outside. Everyone else, keep reading: Continue reading