Five Fights: Tip Jar


He’d already been in a few times that day: First to use the bathroom, later for a cup of water with just a little ice. “What time do you close?” he asked over the water cup.

“We close up at 10 p.m.,” I said.

“And whatcha do with everything left over from here?” He pointed to the pastry case, grubby with fingerprints on the outside, where people had touched it to point at this muffin, that scone. There were a few congealed cheese croissants left, a bagel sandwich getting soggy with hummus and roasted peppers, a few two-day-old brownies.

“Normally we just chuck most of it,” I said. “Come back around about 10:15, though, and I’ll bag up what I got for ya, if you want it.”

“Nah,” he answered with a wave of his hand. “I’m good.” He crushed the plastic water cup in his hand. “See ya,” he…

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Every Bomb Dropped Is A Failure Of The Imagination


An injured child during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

Israel has, for the third time in just five years, commenced a major bombing operation on the Gaza strip. Over a hundred and fifty Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians. As it was the last three times, my response is sorrow and anger — a strangely physical sensation of anger as a burning in my chest.

It’s easy, even for someone such as myself, who has been following the conflict for years with resignation, to look first at the political significance of the conflict and the strategic policy goals of the war and how it affects the broader conflict.

That’s not what we should be thinking about right now. We should remember instead what war means: it means destruction and death. It means homes destroyed, lives snuffed out; children crushed to death by falling buildings; amputations, hearing loss, perforated…

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“You Know I Love You A Lot Too Even If I Sometimes Get Impatient”

The Belle Jar

I am a person who needs constant reassurance that other people love and value me.

And when I say constant, I mean fucking constant.

Like, in a perfect world, every morning and evening all of my friends would fill out a survey detailing how they felt about me. In this document they would remind me of the fact that they loved me, and let me know what my areas of improvement were, so that I could fix any little issues before they blew up. Or if, for whatever reason, I couldn’t fix them, I would, at the very least, not feel blindsided by any big conflict that they might bloom into. I could plan ahead how I would react, the pithy things I would say and the brilliant retorts I would make. I wouldn’t melt into a sobbing, gibbering mess, the way I usually do.

The way I always do.

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What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault

The Belle Jar

TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny

You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.

Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…

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Ideally we need somebody who has:
– Excellent researching skills (of course)
– Great organisation skills
– A high degree of attention to detail and accuracy
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Halifax man sentenced to only five years in prison after years of rape and abuse of young girl

The Belle Jar

TW for rape, child abuse, victim-blaming

There is a story in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald today about a woman who was sexually abused by her mother and her mother’s common-law boyfriend from the age of eleven. It started with the man coming into the girl’s bedroom at night and reaching up under her nightie to fondle her; she screamed for her mother, but her mother was too drunk to respond. When the girl was twelve, her mother – her own mother – coached her on giving blow jobs to this man. The abuse continued until the girl was fifteen, often taking the form of, in her words, a “sick threesome” with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend.

When the girl was fifteen she told her mother’s boyfriend that she would report him to the police. He told her that she couldn’t, because her mother was too deeply implicated. “How could you do this to your own…

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The Cold, Gaping Maw Of Winter, Etc.

The Belle Jar

The winter my mother was pregnant with me was one of the coldest and longest on record. And this was in Montreal, mind you, which should give you an indication of just how deeply the temperatures must have plunged. My mother, who spent her days slogging across the snowy city to work, to doctor’s appointments, to the university where my father was a law student, and finally back home again, used to joke that I would be born with frostbite. When she told me this I pictured myself as a fetus, bobbing along inside of her, my toes and fingers turning blue in spite of the many layers of flesh and fabric that swaddled me. Even then, I imagine, I must have hated the cold.

My memories of Quebec in winter are mostly of the childhood-wonder variety; I was only three when we moved to Ontario, so they really only exist in imperfect…

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The National Readership Survey was established in 1956 and today provides the most authoritative and valued audience research in use for print and digital advertising trading in Britain.
The survey covers over 250 of Britain’s major newsbrands and magazines, showing the size and nature of the audiences they achieve.
In a dynamic and changing digital media age, NRS PADD was introduced in September 2012 to provide a unique measure of combined print and online audiences.

BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) was set up in 1981 to provide the industry standard television audience measurement service for broadcasters and the advertising industry. BARB is owned by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BSkyB and the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) and is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.
BARB commissions research companies to provide the services that our users want, including the production of audience viewing figures. The audience measurement contracts are held by the following companies – RSMB, Ipsos MORI and Kantar Media (formerly known as TNS).

ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) was founded in 1931 in response to advertisers’ requests for an independent source of circulation data. In 1996, ABCe was established to manage standards for the online industry through its work with JICWEBS, the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards
Today, ABC exists as one united brand covering all platforms. ABC inspires market confidence by delivering a valued stamp of trust across the media world.

RAJAR Ltd (Radio Joint Audience Research) was set up in 1992 to align, design and operate a single audience measurement system for the UK radio industry serving both the BBC and licensed commercial stations.
The company is jointly owned by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) and by the RadioCentre (the trade body representing the vast majority of Commercial Radio stations in the UK).
Whilst the Board’s focus is on strategy, governance and decisions of policy, more detailed technical research matters, and where relevant, decision-making, takes place at the meetings of a Technical Management Group (TMG). This group is made up of representatives of the BBC,commercial radio and the advertising community.

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK.
They regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.
They make sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive.
Ofcom operates under a number of Acts of Parliament, including in particular the Communications Act 2003. Ofcom must act within the powers and duties set for it by Parliament in legislation.
The Communications Act says that Ofcom’s principal duty is to further the interests of citizens and of consumers, where appropriate by promoting competition. Meeting this duty is at the heart of everything we do.
Accountable to Parliament, we set and enforce regulatory rules for the sectors for which we have responsibility. We also have powers to enforce competition law in those sectors, alongside the Competition and Markets Authority.
Ofcom is funded by fees from industry for regulating broadcasting and communications networks, and grant-in-aid from the Government.

In the early stages of production, producers may use this information as a useful tool towards researching and gaining first-hand information. To their advantage, these sources are beneficial towards production in any particular project they may be working on/creating.

Primary research

Primary research is original context obtained by interviews, focus groups, questionnaires and covert/overt observation etcetera. It is an excellent way of gathering new information.
Within the creative media industry, primary research would be carried out through contacting the right sources, therefore making sure the new information is accurate.

Depending on the situation and what particular information required for media production then primary, first-hand research can be very insightful and beneficial because it comes from a place where you can get a real understanding and an insight into the reality of the information you’re receiving.
However, it’s best to work in secondary information hand in hand with primary because you will therefore have numerous sources with backed up reliability.

– Accurate & new information
– Unknown to anybody else

– Costly
– Takes time 
– Perhaps in situations such as interviews, people are likely to exaggerate informationprimary-vs-secondary-market-research1

1) Pocahontas lost its love duet “If I Never Knew You” (save for an end credits version) because kids found it too boring; it was later animated and reinserted into the film for its 10th anniversary DVD. Several critics felt it significantly improved the film. Ironically, “If I Never Knew You” was reinserted because so many Disney fans fell in love with it and called it one of Disney’s very best love songs.

2) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was another positive example – the original ending to the film had Scott ending up with Knives as Ramona left on her own. After exposing it to test audiences, the ending was changed to its current form. Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and most of the actors have all testified to being more satisfied with the new ending.

Additionally, when the film script was being written, the last volume of the graphic novel hadn’t been finished yet. When Bryan Lee O’Malley, the original writer, decided to have a happier ending than he originally planned, they also changed the film’s ending to match.