Dave Bidini was in town last night, and I missed the chance to see him play – and more importantly to hear my friend Robyn Cunningham open for him. Check her out here.
But in listening to this debate over the dumbing down of the CBC, I couldn’t help but have a sense of déjà vu. It’s a perennial question, as is the place of the CBC within the national media landscape.
Kuffert’s book isn’t new but it’s well worth a read.
At the very least it gives me slight pause - but only slight - when I agree with the critics of Canada Reads that it really was too dumbed down this year.
But I won't go too far in sympathy. After all, why were most of the books either memoirs or about individuals (and if not an individual, then a Tiger!)? Don’t we have the ability to talk about issues? Margaret Macmillan’s book, 1919, was on the long list. I would have liked to listen to Alan Thicke stumble his way through that!