This blog has been started for a couple reasons. Namely, I need an outlet to write since I’m taking a year off from school, and this seems to be as good a medium as possible. Secondly, though, one of the greatest challenges, and most exciting innovations in the world of journalism is the still infantile relationship between media, social media, and the internet. With that in mind, experience in social media, blogging and other online networking and communication techniques are now an essential part of the portfolio of tomorrows’ successful writer.
And so, here we are. Stay tuned, I’m currently working my way through God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales by Penn Jillette (of magic duo Penn & Teller) and plan on having a review up in the next couple of days. Shortly thereafter, a collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens, entitled Arguably is set to be released on September 1; I expect I’ll have a review of that up shortly after its release date as well.
Also, the internet is buzzing regarding the death of NDP leader and leader of the official opposition Jack Layton. He passed away in his home early this morning after a long battle with cancer. It is worth keeping in mind the extraordinary sacrifices that Mr. Layton made for Canadians during his many years in politics, whether you agree with his philosophy or not. His death dramatically alters the landscape of federal politics, and the floor of the House of Commons won’t be quite as exciting.