Six In The Morning: Start The Day Off Bummed

6-in-the-morning1 THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSITY I had to send away my watch for repairs a short while back, and I just got it back a couple of days ago; one of the things that had changed, besides the fact that it now worked, was that the time was slightly out. This morning, when I put it on my wrist, I thought to myself that it might be a good idea to tune into CBC around noon and set my watch to their clock, since it’s nice to have a timepiece on you that’s totally accurate down to the second and instantly accessible. Then I went on the Internet and immediately set my watch to the correct atomic time simply by seeing that more bad news about mishandled spending has emerged in the sordid story of the University of Regina and its embattled, now-shuttered University-Industry Liason Office. Because this kind of news about this specific story has recently been reported with a startling regularity, you see.

2 STREAMAGEDDON! Netflix is going to lose about 2,000 videos, but it’s okay because apparently most of them are trash and they’re moving over to the bizarrely bad idea that is Warner Archive (“Yes, I’ll pay ten bucks a month for as much of the Best Of 77 Sunset Strip that I can watch!” -literally no human ever) and the money train may just keep rolling in unabated for Netflix. Can someone who genuinely cares about tech industry stuff maybe confirm or deny that pulling out of Netflix is sort of like record labels deciding to just sell their own proprietary music format from their own proprietary player and ditching iTunes? Because that’s sorta what it feels like. (And for a glimpse at what we may now be missing, while the Twitter search algorithm still lets us see the tweets, here’s music writer Ned Raggett livetweeting 1974 Joe Don Baker vehicle Golden Needles.)

3 SWEEPING IMMIGRATION REFORM IT IS! Unless you’re gay married, apparently.

4 A POUND OF CURE Mother Jones’ Mac McClelland – one of the best magazine writers going, no doubt – has an incredible piece up that is in theory about her cousin, a parricidal schizophrenic, but is in reality about the sorry state of mental health support systems in America. Of course, that’s America, and Canada’s different, right? And even if Canada were to make moves away from having strong mental health support, they wouldn’t be part of a long-term trend, right?

5 THREE WAYS OF LOOKING AT BANGLADESH “The problem is the browns” -Jonathan Kay, basically. “There are problems in Bangladesh but the conditions global capitalism has either created or tacitly encouraged in the country are partially to blame, and more specifically the failure to date of organized labour to win better conditions for hazardous manufacturing jobs outside of the Global Northwest has created an economy where situations like this are to be expected” -Gawker’s Max Read, sorta. “How can we use this to sell more Gildan ads” -the Globe & Mail

6 PALATE CLEANSER Jason Collins, an NBA center and longtime free agent, came out of the closet recently in an article he wrote for the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated. The Nation’s Dave Zirin – maybe the single most essential sportswriter working right now – explains why it matters: “More people will explore the parameters of the possible because Jason Collins chose to be a pioneer.”

Author: John Cameron

John Cameron is a freelance journalist and occasional writer from Regina, Saskatchewan. He was the editor-in-chief of the Carillon, the University of Regina student newspaper, from 2010 to 2012. You can find more of his work in the Trash folder of several prominent national magazine editors' inboxes.

5 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Start The Day Off Bummed”

  1. Barb: thats how you spell it, but it’s pronounced “Ian Bailey”. I was wondering how long it would take before he was thrown under the proverbial bus.

    Incidentally, the comments section of the CBC story has some interesting revelations and opinions from insider sources at the University– guess that’s what happens when you slash budgets and play hard-ball during collective bargaining while covering up “allegedly” misappropriated funds.

  2. And of course regarding the Netflix losing titles incident: Out of the nearly 2000 titles being lost, only 13 of them were available on Canadian Netflix. Goodbye forever, Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail :'(

  3. “Can someone who genuinely cares about tech industry stuff maybe confirm or deny that pulling out of Netflix is sort of like record labels deciding to just sell their own proprietary music format from their own proprietary player and ditching iTunes?”

    I’m heavy into ‘tech industry stuff’ and I don’t quite agree with you. Rather, I’d be more inclined to argue that content providers (ie – the Warners of the world) are trying to take control over distribution.

    Netflix slipped through a grey area (on-demand streaming) while the content providers were trying to figure out what to do about piracy and the decline of the video rental market. Since Netflix proved that there is a market (ie – people will actually pay money instead of pirating movies), other big(ger) fish want to take a piece of the on-demand streaming market.

    As long as Netflix is at the mercy of content providers, it will always be at risk of losing its market. They’ve already been criticized for the quality (or lack thereof) of their offerings and losing content providers puts them in serious risk. If the content providers keep pulling their content out of Netflix (and instead putting it on their own on-demand services), Netflix is in deep trouble.

  4. Greg is on to the problem. Ditching iTunes is fine, however. The problem is that content is owned by litigious bastards, in too many cases.

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