Sunday, July 01, 2012
Taking pens away from morons
Every once in a while, you read an article that makes you pause and think. Sometimes it's an intelligent kind of pause, and it leads to constructive thinking that may help you see something from a perspective you hadn't previously considered. You're challenged, you learn, you grow. It's the power of words, and it explains why I do what I do.
Every once in a while, you read a different article that also makes you pause and think. Except this time, instead of learning something in the process, you realize you've lost brain cells. And you'll probably need a shower.
John Robson wrote this hideously offensive piece, Only one national day, for today's Ottawa Sun to mark Canada's 145th birthday - today! And if I'm being polite, it's some of the most xenophobic, spite-fuelled writing I've read in a while. I'm not entirely surprised, as the "news organization" he works for isn't exactly known as a bastion of journalistic excellence. To be perfectly frank, the standards of Mr. Robson's employers bring shame to all of us who professionally ply the craft every day. But this is no surprise to anyone who picks up a Quebecor-owned paper only to have the cheap newsprint rub off on their fingertips.
This piece plumbs new lows, and suggests someone missed out on the tolerant-Canadian gene when they were handing them out a few years back. I realize my writing about it here only brings more attention to a piece that was obviously crafted more for link-baited traffic generation than cogent political discussion. But to say nothing would allow idiocy like this to persist unchecked. And the Canadian journalist in me just can't allow that to stand.
Happy birthday, Canada. Please ignore the idiots in the peanut gallery who have no idea what they're talking about. They don't represent the best of journalism. And they sure don't represent the best this country has to offer. Far from it.