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News - January 31st, 2012

I am a big fan of the blog Gawker. Admittedly, Gakwer is not the New York Times, or the Globe & Mail, but it does do a pretty good job at dissecting pop culture and newsworthy events. It’s a little funny, a little snide and often very pointed.

So when I saw this last week, I knew I had to write about it.

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The author of the blog post, Brian Moylan, had posted his own Grindr profile on the website. For those who don’t know what Grindr is, it’s an application found on smart phones that uses GPS to locate other people who use the app, namely, gay men and men who have sex with men. I thought it was a great way to look at a number of topics: privacy, journalistic ethics, and how people forget that the online world is an inherently public space. I even called Moylan and interviewed him about his post, his reasons for it and more. The interview, as well as my ideas around these topics, were published in Down East on Xtra.

In the meantime, also in the pages of the same magazine, I had the chance to interview Fred Connors, a recently announced candidate for mayor. Connors, who is known to Haligonians as the owner of FRED., the salon/cafe/artspace on the corners of Agricola and North, is also known to be a bit of a mover and shaker in local political circles. My interview with Connors covered many topics, some of which were later published in a Q&A in Open File.


Image via Gawker