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Argo, Affleck, Brokaw, Taylor and the 2013 Oscars.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog

In this charming YouTube video, NBC television journalist Tom Brokaw presents a short film explaining Canada to Americans prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s interesting to note Brokaw’s inclusion (at 03:24 min in the video) of the rescuing of the six American Embassy personnel by Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor during the Iranian hostage crisis, recently depicted in the Ben Affleck film, Argo.

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

Incidentally, Argo just happened to win Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards tonight. Now while Affleck did not exactly give credit to Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor for successfully orchestrating the 1980 hostage rescue (as Taylor recently challenged him to do), Ben Affleck did hurriedly thank Canada (in exactly two words at 06:40 min in the video below) in a very rushed acceptance speech tonight. Perhaps if he had more time on stage he might have said more…

Take a look at this Oscars 2013 video. It opens with a wizened sprightly Jack Nicholson introducing the ‘Best Picture’ category presenter, Michelle Obama, speaking live via telecast from the White House. Argo Co-Producer Grant Heslov provides the initial Oscar thanks before introducing Ben Affleck, who finally approaches the mic at the video’s 06:01 minute mark.

Oscars 2013: Argo Wins Best Picture Award

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Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” Honestly Addresses Bullying

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog

Shane Koyczan, the spoken word poet who may be best known for the triumphant performance of his poem “We Are More” at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, has this week released a poignant spoken word video poem to raise awareness about bullying. Published three days ago on February 19th, as of today the video has already received 2,488,157 views. Click to learn more about the To This Day Project and help spread his message by liking and sharing Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” video on YouTube.

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The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard Documentary

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Internet Freedom

This morning I watched The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard documentary on YouTube, thanks to a post I received in my inbox today linking me to Doktor Spinn‘s news update and link to the film posted on his blog yesterday.

The film by Simon Klose is being shared for free on Youtube and a number of other sites including The Pirate Bay, in keeping with principles of Internet freedom and democracy. For this reason I am sharing the film here too as recommended viewing for anyone interested in safeguarding a free and open Internet.

I think the film is a good overview of the legal battle the peer-to-peer file-sharing site’s founders faced following a 2006 raid and subsequent court-order to shut the site down following allegations of copyright violations. The film also provides some insight into The Pirate Bay’s origins and shows the founders at their best and worst as their case is heard in the courts.

The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a documentary that prompts important questions about the economics of intellectual property in an age where information wants to be free and openly shared on the Internet.

Highly recommended.

For more information check out Openmedia.ca and the Declaration of Internet Freedom. Also see Google’s Take Action and The Internet Archive (hosting one of my favourite free archives, the online repository of the Prelinger Archives founded by my main hero, Rick Prelinger).

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