Hello friends, supporters, readers, contributors, and listeners:
Yesterday’s episode of Talknowledgy will be our last one on 580 CFRA for at least a few weeks. We are on a hiatus while an independent consultant reviews their on-air programming lineup. The show will go on…Talknowledgy will be posted here exclusively for the next few weeks (meaning a return of our awesome chiptunes!). If we are allowed back into the lineup there may be some changes…if we are not, then the show will continue as a podcast.
Furthermore, Ted Raymond is pursuing his options with the CFRA News team and will no longer be a regular contributor to the show. I want to wish him all the best as he pursues a career in radio news.
Without my other half you may be wondering “How will the show go on?”. It’s my great pleasure to announce both Catherine Benesch and David Hall have graciously agreed to step in to keep the show on course, and I want to thank them very much both for the help they’ve provided so far and for their ongoing commitment to the show.
Talknowledgy just marked its 91st show yesterday, and in the past two years we have become one of the leading tech and social media focused media here in Ottawa through hard work and perseverance. It has been (and continues to be) a labour of love for myself, along with all of our regularly featured guests including Dave, Catherine, and Fiaaz Walji. Some generous event organizers have given Ted and I press passes to certain events (and some of those events had free food and swag) but the most I have received (that was not tied to covering an event, like Ottawa Game Conference – those guys were great!) for co-hosting, producing, promoting, and editing down this show each week for the past 22 months is a post-it note pad from a PR agency (and our web host wouldn’t accept that as payment). That’s not me trying to complain, as I do love doing the show and I enjoy remaining independent! But the message I hope to send to you is that this show is a joy for me and I do it for free because I enjoy it, and I hope you enjoy it as well.
If you would like to keep hearing Talknowledgy on CFRA, I would strongly encourage you to email CFRA Program Director Steve Winogron (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask him to bring us back following their programming review.
Let operation #BringBackTKNonCFRA begin!
Comments, as always, are appreciated.
Can’t we just go back to this?
Remember when the Internet was just a place to wait for poor-resolution pictures to load? Where you could go to find out about every glitch ever in the original Pokémon games, and even some that never worked, but how would you know?
I never found anything under that truck.
Maybe it’s because I was a kid then, and I didn’t know where to find the hate speech or the misogyny or the trolls…
I’m so tired of all of it.
Not a second of video with respect to this project was even recorded, not counting the support video on her Kickstarter, and she was subject to hate speech and death threats. Violent language for daring to be a woman talking about wanting to talk about something.
The latest in the Sarkeesian Saga is the posting and subsequent removal of a “game” called “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian.”
I’m not linking to it, nor am I linking to news stories about it. They carry the pictures and the pictures are terrible. The 25-year-old boy who made it is from Sault Ste. Marie. A Toronto based blogger found him out and told the Internet.
And who’s the bad one here? Is it the manchild who thinks a flash-game based entirely on inflicting grievous physical harm upon an image of a real person is okay?
No, it’s the woman who told people about it.
And that appears to be the popular opinion. This isn’t just a few people!
Everyone in those comments sections should be ashamed of themselves.
This is just one story. There are an untold number more.
How many people have been silenced? How many have left the web entirely because of these spiteful trolls?
The world may never know. You don’t exist if you’re not online.
Stop the Internet. I want to get off. Let’s hit the reset button and go back. Back to a simpler time of animated flaming skull gifs and horrible background MIDI files you can’t turn off.
Here’s some puppies.
(that last one is my favourite)