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I laughed until I stopped: Are the Internet and social media killing satire?

by Pat Rich

Social media and the Internet have been widely praised for ushering in a new era of improved communications and networking. Through the Internet and a wide variety of social media tools and platforms, individuals have the opportunity to interact globally at levels previously unknown in human history.

Unfortunately, the widespread use of social media and the Internet has led to unprecedented levels of bad behavior (spamming, flaming, trolling … you name it) and appears to be threatening long-cherished literary forms such as satire. Continue reading “I laughed until I stopped: Are the Internet and social media killing satire?”

Tweeting the west wind

by Pat Rich

One of my main activities on social media for the last few years has been to follow on Twitter the life of a man who dies each year and is then reborn to die again the following year.

No, not him.

I’m referring to perhaps Canada’s only truly iconic artist — Tom Thomson. Continue reading “Tweeting the west wind”

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