If I were a billionaire I would purchase a subscription to the Toronto Globe and Mail for every journalist working in the US.
Unlike American journalism which is so desperate to be inoffensive that it becomes uniformly empty, the Globe is eager to give people things to think about and talk about. If today’s issue is an indication, the Globe is almost as deficient as the US press in its focus on sustainability issues. So it’s not as if I had no complaints. But the stupefying and mystifying feeling of reading the US press, even the Times these days, is blissfully absent.
Today’s headline: Failed State Gives Rise to Famine
Today’s feature photo: Born to Run?
other interesting items in addition to the previously mentioned McLuhan piece:
As Leopard Habitat Dwindles in India, Humans Become Prey
Gang Violence: Why We Need a CeaseFire (opinion by Sheema Khan)
Heartbreak Charm and Betrayal (review of movie Project Nim)
Oddly, most of the headlines of the articles (all except the opinion piece) I picked are different on the web. Apparently the Globe has not escaped the peculiar journalistic confusion about article titles.
As I contemplate moving from writing about writing about sustainability to actually just writing about sustainability, I take inspiration from the fact that competent journalism still survives in North America; that I’m not just imagining the possibility. (But the belief that the author of a journalistic article ought to choose the title still seems like an innovation for some reason!)
Image: Globe and Mail columnist Sheema Khan