Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Maclean's Gets Racier

Check out the controversial cover on Maclean's. It will piss off two different sets of people at the same time. What an accomplishment. And Kenneth Whyte -- new editor, though too busy juggling people in and out of his door to write editorials -- is certainly going to get what he wants: people talking about his magazine. No sooner had I recovered from the shock of the cover -- which I think says what it says well -- when I saw Antonia Zerbisias column on the changes at Maclean's. Ahhh...that's what's going on. I was pleased to see Barbara Amiel back in her rightful place. I don't know why she was tossed so unceremoniously in the first place (A digression: why do newspapers and magazines treat long-time employees and by extension their readers so shabbily by allowing very few of them to write a farewell column? There's almost a shameful quality around their firing. If you feel justified in firing said person, then stop treating it like it should be swept under the rug and let your readers know.) I don't know or remember the other newbies well enough to comment on them, but readers of Zerbisias' blog are none too pleased.

I do like the fact Maclean's is looking at old issues in a taboo way. Shaking up the lemming-like way we all look at, for example, Wal-Mart or the insidious slide of women back into just being meat (how's that any different from the way fundamentalist Muslim men view women -- some prefer their meat covered up, others exposed) is a good thing. I agree with one commenter, Tony Sarabia, who wrote, "Canadians...are, in fact, a moderate, intelligent, peaceful people." It's become rather obvious in the blogging world just how different we are in debating styles from Americans, especially broadcasters, in that way. But I don't think Maclean's has degenerated into a non-thinking confrontational style. It's confrontational, yes, but in a way to generate thought, not crush it.

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