Generation Why: April 19
This read's must-read news for young Canadians
April 19 2013
MUST-READS FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
MUST-READS FOR YOUNG CANADIANS
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S COVER
Stan Jankowski, was born and raised in Toronto, is currently enrolled in the Creative Photography program at Humber College. His photography is inspired by the raw beauty of the city.
"At some point in our lives we are faced with the question: 'What am I doing with myself and where am I going?'," said Stan. "I find this idea to be a pivotal decision for young people, because it shapes the future course of our lives. In the photograph there is a choice: Light vs. dark. Travelling down the unknown path to discover oneself."
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Note from the editors
Fabiola & Lauren
The CBC News team has been following several developing stories this week that, under normal circumstances, could have dominated coverage on their own.
In the U.S. alone, we've seen twin bombings in Boston followed by a manhunt and citywide lockdown, as well as an explosion in Texas that destroyed surrounding buildings and killed at least 12 people.
And back home in Canada, a tiny community in Northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency.
Some of these stories, and plenty others that you might have missed, have been higlighted by your peers in this week's Generation Why.
One more reason this week was important: we finally got to meet some of you! Our first open editorial meeting was a huge success. A million thanks to all who attended!
CBC Community team writers/producers
dispatches from a ghost town
I'm writing to you from a ghost town tonight. As you probably know, Boston is on lockdown as police, soldiers, and the FBI hunt for the remaining living suspect in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing.
On Wednesday I was amazed by the courage of the 17,000 people who stood together and belted out the U.S. anthem. Last night I was horrified as I watched police cars screech away from the scene of a murder on the MIT campus heading toward — and I didn't know this at the time — Watertown, Mass., where today's manhunt is centred.
Everyone here wants this to end.
No matter how much people repeat that axiom: "You gotta go on with life," the city is undeniably a sad, scary place to be. But the people I've met and interviewed this week make me confident Boston will heal.
During my reporting I've spoken with: Canadians so eager to help they tried to donate blood the day after running marathons, a young woman who made it out to see "her boys" the Bruins despite suffering a serious leg injury in the bombing, and a group of local runners forming a circle of support as the sun set on Boston Common.
Every day I've seen something different.
On Monday there was terror. On Tuesday there was grief. Wednesday resilience. On Thursday -- despite the massive ongoing investigation -- people were back out on the streets. Friday, a terrible waiting game while all of Boston waits for some sort of end.
story filed Friday, April 19, 2013. 6:30 p.m. latest updates here.
Inside the News with Peter Mansbridge
Most of us are used to being constantly plugged-in.
We live in a world where appointment viewing is a thing of the past and we expect our news coverage to reflect that reality.
But what's the payoff for that kind of breathless, 24 hour reporting?
This week on Inside the News with Peter Mansbridge, Peter tackles the line between getting it first, and getting it right.
And as we've seen this week with the misleading information U.S. networks have been broadcasting around the Boston bombing, the perils of live news can be daunting.
Make sure to check out Inside the News every week to see more essay, photos and videos from the CBC's chief correspondent, including advice for young journalists.
to be first
Twitter proved an invaluable communication tool for the citizens of Boston this week, and a constant source of breaking news updates with links being shared to police scanners, interactive maps, lockdown updates, and communications from police to the public.
The use of social media during this tragedy should be studied as a warning for journalists and citizens on how to conduct oneself online during a crisis.
With a lack of suspects in the first 36 hours of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, the online and news communities seemed to be growing impatient with the progress of the investigation. Some started speculating and rumours were spread.
CBC’s Chris brown reported this week on the dangers of vigilante reporting and investigating. It’s true we cannot blame social media alone, but some say it's driving journalists and news agencies to take desperate measures to stay relevant in an increasingly high pressure industry.
We can easily become accustomed to speculating; and not even realise we are doing it. Seemingly obvious connections should not be regarded as fact until many sources can confirm them as such.
We must remember that what we see unfolding on Twitter is composed of people’s first thoughts and reactions to someone else’s initial thought and reactions. It cannot be regarded as fact.
My cousin was so close to the second explosion at the Boston Marathon that the building she was in shook from the blast.
Her story made the headlines hit home for me, as did the CBC report saying there were more than 2,000 Canadians registered for the race.
The deadly explosions dominated Monday's news, but what I feel characterized this event was the Mr. Rogers’ quote that went viral:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
It wasn’t hard to find helpers in the aftermath of the Boston explosions.
Google activated “Person Finder” to help people locate their loved ones.
Bostonians opened their homes to stranded travellers and Twitter was filled with images and messages of support.
Even though the Boston Marathon bombing was horrific, I think it's important to appreciate the heartwarming response that followed.
You may have read the article about that woman in Montreal. You know, the one who posted a photo of pre-existing graffiti of a hole through a cop’s head on Instagram?
Edgy, right? Atta girl, way to stick it to the man!
One might take her arrest as a human rights infringement, “she wasn’t the artist, why would she get blamed for it?”
While I agree that it’s a bit extreme to arrest her, I also think it’s wise keep the public on their toes about what’s being posted on social media.
Just because it’s posted on “my” profile, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be held accountable for what I post. After all, I did put it there myself, right in front of the public.
When I hit “share”, I know that others will see it and interpret it. Our profiles reflect who we are and what we believe. The unique factor being that we pick and choose what to show the world; no one made us do it.
Therefore, we are permitted to put whatever we wish, but we must also be held accountable if it crosses the line to be potentially threatening or dangerous.
Perhaps it’s an unpopular opinion, but I personally would have more problems with the law if we were too passive in preventing potential crimes.
I’m inclined to agree with Det. Bangild, who is quoted in the article, and say that a line exists that needs to be judged. If we post something, we should be prepared take responsibility for it, and at the very least, come to its defense.
Rehteah Parsons, Amanda Todd, Audrie Pott, and countless other girls and boys are living in a time where social media and bullying have come under one force, to rip these youth from their basic essence of being.
Both girls were unfortunately victims of situations where bullying, coupled with online sexual exploitation and other factors, led them to end their lives.
As a society, we’re learning too late and responding after lives have ended. This helps no one.
We need to stop researching, stop discussing and start taking action; ensuring schools and communities have necessary sources of support, teaching the ins-and-outs of social media, and understanding the online world so that tomorrow, this won’t be on the front page – again.
These stories inspired me to write a short story about bullying, embedded above.
Let's change the story
The U.S. and China have stepped up to ease tensions with North Korea peacefully.
Still, the threat of a nuclear war concerns me, especially given our direct proximity to the U.S. Generation Y has been raised with our grandparents’ stories of World War II, and we want to avoid a World War III situation.
Prior to Kim Jong-un as the new leader, politicians worldwide were speculating about what he would do with his power. Some were hoping for a more cooperative North Korea, but that's not what happened.
It appears to me that the threats came out of nowhere, and I don’t see any reason for the North Korean leader to hate the U.S.
I found this story interesting due to the recent escalations in rhetoric from North Korea, and I hope the issue will be resolved through dialogue, not war.
lest history repeat itself
not a yawn in Saskatchewan
When stories of senseless tragedy like the Boston bombings dominate the headlines, I sometimes find myself looking for lighthearted reprieve.
Fortunately, two stories this week did the trick (and no, I’m not talking about the latest Bieber incident).
On Wednesday, the CBC reported that this year’s Tribeca Film Festival will profile a Canadian interactive film, A Journal of Insomnia.
The groundbreaking filmmakers turned to the internet to gather people’s stories, and use technology to enable the audience to engage first-hand with the topic.
Viewers who provide their phone numbers are woken up in the night to experience sleeplessness and to virtually interact with the film’s subjects.
Reading these stories, I was inspired once again by the power of new technology to push artistic boundaries -- and my Canadian pride also grew a bit, learning about some incredible homegrown talent.
In the face of terrible destruction and sadness, I think it’s worth taking a break to appreciate small examples of humanity’s capacity for innovation and creativity.
Back in ’78, Stompin’ Tom returned six Junos as an act of protest. Nominating and awarding artists who didn’t live in Canada was unforgiveable in Tom’s books. So, when he died, I was curious to see if his life would be celebrated at the Junos. It turns out that he didn’t want them to celebrate him.
In his lifetime, airplanes, television, and the Internet made international exposure attainable for artists of all stripes.
It seems odd that a nomad who lived to entertain would disparage his fellow artists for traversing the frontiers granted by modern technology. He could have done the same, I suppose, but he loved Canada too much for that.
I wonder how a song like “Little Wawa” would have gone over in Tokyo…
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