Making Current Events More Relevant to More People by Abusing Hypotheticals - THE CATASTROPHIZER
 
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It's not crazy: Torontonians could rise up against their democratically-elected government and demand democratic elections.
It's easy, when you live in a place like Toronto, to feel intimidated by other places, like, for example, New York and Indianapolis - places bursting with culture and atmosphere and exploitative journalistic practices. When I saw this clip of an Indianapolis reporter roaming the streets making homeless people sing on The Daily Show, I couldn't help thinking: "Why not here? Why not in Toronto? Why can't Toronto's news outlets callously capitalize on the public interest generated by certain current events, too?"

Well, proof that Higher Powers grant my wishes as long as they don't bring anyone any certitude, or peace, or help for pain was not long in coming. Behold the following story teaser from February 8th's Toronto Star

Recent events in Tahrir Square, where Egyptians have been ushering in a revolution, have got us thinking: if the revolution were to happen in Toronto, where would it unfold? The Star's Christopher Hume takes a look.

Magnificent! We're really proving that we've got a media scene the equal of any in the United States. I don't want this kind of cheeky journalistic ingenuity to wither on the vine, though, so I'm offering the following suggestions for future Star articles:
  • The recent to-do over Egypt's unpopular despot has got us thinking: which of our local politicians could be considered the "Mubarak" of Toronto City Council?
  • The recent violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square has got us thinking: if Toronto residents were going to rise up and then be viciously repressed, which animals would those viciously repressing them ride in on? The Egyptian thugs used horses and camels: keep reading to discover our suggestions for a distinctly Canadian battle beast.
And it doesn't just have to be about Egypt. Any topic of considerable contemporary interest will do. Here's an example of a non-Egyptian attention grabber: 
  • The creation of Southern Sudan, the world's newest country, got us thinking: what's changed in the day-to-life of Torontonians since East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York and the former city of Toronto were amalgamated into a single municipality in 1998?
See? Easy, effective, and fun!


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2/12/2011 14:28:16

Excellent points, Catastrophizer. Some questions I've been pondering:
If police violence were to erupt in Toronto, would it make use of rubber bullets, amputees' severed prosthetic legs, human-trampling hourses, or all of the above?
If democracy is so esteemed in Egypt, why not here?
Just sayin'
Keep up the good work!

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2/12/2011 14:28:36

Excellent points, Catastrophizer. Some questions I've been pondering:
If police violence were to erupt in Toronto, would it make use of rubber bullets, amputees' severed prosthetic legs, human-trampling hourses, or all of the above?
If democracy is so esteemed in Egypt, why not here?
Just sayin'
Keep up the good work!

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