Goodbye Toronto Star Comment Section

Yesterday, the Toronto Star announced that it would close its on-site comment section as the publication would instead be “promoting and showcasing the comments our readers share across social media and in their letters and emails to our editors..”  The move is not the first of its kind, the Toronto Sun did it because the comments on its site had become too malicious, personal & racists, but the Star didn’t really tell us why they decided to follow this trend. 

That with the cryptic “promoting and showcasing comments” line has lead to speculation & yes even some conspiracy theories! 

If you take it at face value, the Star’s reason could be the same as The Sun’s, as was hinted at in a Globe and Mail article,  or it could be a result of  resourcing “challenges” (read: budgets) in keeping up with the moderation of Star’s site,  or it could be to avoid possible legal problems (read: getting sued over a comment). It also could be a move to improve the quality of the commentary, or because the Star’s readers are shifting to using social media to comment on news articles & the Star is following its users, or this could be all be part of an elaborate plan by the Life-wing media to suppress dissenting opinions & to make the world think every Canadian loves Justin Trudeau. 

That last one is a theory I found in the Globe & Mail’s comment section.  

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Where I stand with my baguette

This was my early fall outfit: Chunky v-neck cream sweater, black & gray stripped pencil skirt, paired with metallic flats & my red coat.

It was an outfit made for a where I stand / outfit of the day selfie.  Which is not easy to get right, by the way.  I have a lot of respect for the fashion bloggers & Instagramers who make this look so easy.  It is not easy to look casual as you are bending forwards to take a picture of your outfit. Those that make this type of picture look natural. just have a lot of practice & maybe more flexibility.  They also don’t care if 50 people seem them in the park, awkwardly bending over as they search for the perfect angle. That is their real power.

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10 Movie Trilogy’s To Watch When You are Sick

You know when you are so sick you can’t even describe what you have?
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It might be a flu. It might a cold. All you know is that everything hurts.  Overnight you seem to have turned into a phlegm factory whose production levels have gone through the roof.

There are not enough tissues in the world to meet your needs & everything is SO FAR away.  “I have to lift my arm & turn to the right to get my tea. This is too much!” “Oh my god, I have to go to the bathroom? I have to actually GET UP & walk … over there.  I don’t know .. this is going to be difficult.” 

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Inspiration: “What If”

If you have 30 minutes free today,  I suggest you watch this beautiful short film by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini “What If”. “What If” is  is based upon Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” and uses the setting of an English inner-suburb to tell the story of a boy learning a valuable lesson about life choices and how to be a better man.

Beautifully shot in black and white, the short film shows us that there are always other choices we can make in life … we just have to look up and see them.

Smartphones, Social Media and the other Sins of Modern Dating

I will be the first to admit that I can’t live without my iPhone. It helps me remember everyone’s phone number, keeps me on top of my bank account balance, reminds me when I have plans and how to get to where ever I need.  My phone’s become a necessity in my life, kind of like my house keys or my wallet, and I am rarely without it.

I can’t argue against the need we have for our phones, but I will argue that it has ruined dating.

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