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News You Can Use (To Get Angry): Marc Edge in Conversation

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The News We Deserve coverSince Marc Edge’s last book, Great­ly Exag­ger­at­ed, and indeed dur­ing the whole of his 15-year career in acad­e­mia, the cor­po­rate con­sol­i­da­tion and Amer­i­can finan­cial raid­ing of Canada’s media com­pa­nies has con­tin­ued unchecked. Jour­nal­ists are being laid off by the thou­sands while the Post­media CEO gets mil­lions in bonus­es.

But there is cause for hope: MP Hedy Fry is the lat­est to con­vene a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee to exam­ine the issue, in part prompt­ed by Edge’s exhor­ta­tions, as he details in the intro­duc­tion (PDF) to his new book, The News We Deserve: The Trans­for­ma­tion of Canada’s Media Land­scape. Let’s hope the Fry report doesn’t go the way of the Dav­ey, Kent, Lin­coln, etc. com­mit­tees.…

To help you get and/or stay as informed and angry about what Paul God­frey and his ilk are doing to a crit­i­cal Cana­di­an insti­tu­tion, may we rec­om­mend two Marc Edge pod­casts and two books:

1. Stream or down­load Edge’s engag­ing con­ver­sa­tion with Joseph Plan­ta at TheCommentary.ca

2. Stream or down­load Edge’s dis­cus­sion with Ian Gill and Robert Hack­ett at The News We Deserve book launch from Sound­cloud

3. Grab a *free* PDF of Great­ly Exag­ger­at­ed

4. And of course, buy The News We Deserve, read it, and scream “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any­more” from the (brows­er) win­dow.