Friday, January 17, 2014

OLD WHITE DUDES- the state of Canada's journalism

A study has been done on the diversity of Canadian media. There are many things to be taken from this study but the main point that I take away from it is that the face of Canada's mainstream media is white, old and male. If you are a young female journalist in this country, get ready to face an uphill battle against the old, white boy's club.
The median age for Canada's journalists is 58, 73% male and there are lots of white dudes. Below are some quotes from some of Canada's loud mouthed, entitled, well paid, old, sexist journalists...

Toronto Sun's Michael Coren on motherhood:
We’re not supposed to say it anymore but motherhood is pretty important. There are, of course, many women who are forced by economic circumstances to work outside of the home. But there are others who seem to believe that raising a child is less significant than alleged self-fulfillment or even political ambition. [MPP Lisa] MacLeod, do you seriously believe you can be both an exemplary mother and a full-time politician?
 Lawrence Martin in the Globe and Mail on the laziness of young people:
The young reject the political status quo, as they should, but they are too lazy to do anything about it. Most of the under-25s don’t even bother to vote. Instead of fighting for change, they wallow in their vanities and entitlements. Not much turns them on except the Idol shows, movies with smut humour and the latest hand-held instruments. Their disillusionment with the political class is understood. Their complacency isn’t.
Rex Murphy on "self-indulgent" student protesters in the National Post:
It began on so picayune a point—a tuition hike of $325 a year. That’s about the cost of one bottle of needless water a day, or half the price of the cheapest cup of coffee. Is this the kind of cause North American students take to the street for? ‘Oh, our university fees, already the lowest probably in the Western world, are going to go up a loonie a day. A loonie a day!: To the Barricades Everyone. And bring me a latté. […] What’s going on in Quebec is not a protest. It’s a parody of one: the future elite of Quebec having a self-indulgent fit.
The National Post's Terence Corcoran on the feminine expressions of sexuality in teen pop music:
…50 years later in the midst of the 2013-14 pop music girl singer battle royale, it’s pretty clear girls don’t cry at parties anymore. They do other things. The opening chorus of the first single from the Miley Cyrus blockbuster Bangerz album lays down the gestalt of the modern female pop star: 'It’s our party and we’ll screw who we want.'

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