Dear Paul M.

Been looking at your blog, Paul.
The one you do at the behest of the Corporation.
The one with thousands of work-hour hits.
With follow-up notices about pension plans, and executive announcements.

(copyright Tod Maffin?)

I would think that the Naked City of the CBC holds a thousand stories, without ever having to mention Canwest even once.
Is it that you can’t find them, or too lazy?
Have you considered looking at your posts and measuring how well they live up to the title of your blog?

Again, you step outside the CBC to fill your blog.
Do you enjoy gloating about the misery of the competition?
Do you think that people aren’t reading the news about Canwest sufficiently?
What’s the purpose here?
Do you find it too difficult a task to stay within the parameters of talking only about the CBC?
Are you finding that it’s too boring a topic, or one that’s just plain too dangerous for an employee to address publicly.

But really, the most important question I’d like you to consider is this one:
What kind of a blog do you think you can write under your own name about the corporation on whom you depend for your livelihood?
Wouldn’t that blog be fundamentally, and only, named

Three Cheers For The CBC!


  1. Allan
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Think you could be just a tad less weird, so that even I can understand your comment?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    This kind of slurping-cum-sneering is straight from the Strombo school of “edginess”.

    How else do you think George got to the top of his particular heap?

    It’s pathetic, it’s useless, it’s over.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece
  4. Anonymous
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 1:35 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Paul has the 2nd best rack at the CBC….next to Erica

  5. Allan
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 7:36 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    How are you doin’, Paul?
    Caught between a rock and a hard place in considering a response?
    I understand.
    They’re paying you peanuts to write that stuff, and now they own you.
    You hardly have an opinion about anything any more. Have you seen the little dog in the Clip segment of The Soup?
    But there is a silver lining to the cloud of finding yourself neutered.
    You can now add the following phrase to your CV:
    a popular blogger whose posts are followed by thousands of people in the media, tech and business worlds
    It’s a total stretch, yes, but you’d be surprised how few people actually think twice about that claim. They’ll even repeat it as if it were gospel!
    Kind of like …
    “ Takes the Cake for Social Media”
    And the cake goes to …
    … pretty much any media outlet that finds pickets outside their doors.

  6. Allan
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    He did the same thing when he ran The Hour blog. Some of it was about The Hour, but a lot of it was whatever popped into his interesting head. He’s not especially dedicated to the task at hand.
    It was actually pretty amusing that someone would (a) think doing a blog is easy, and (b) envy Tod his “high” position.
    Now Paul is trapped, with no way out. Unless he gets a note from his doctor like the last guy claimed, or a lucrative second job.
    Every day he has to find one or more posts, and every few moments of each day he must read and allow all the comments, even mine!
    It’s as if Communications made an announcement – “would the dumbest person in the room please raise their hand … er, we mean, would anyone like to take up the CBC blog?”

  7. Megan
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Oh, geez. I actually agree with Allan. What’s happening to me?

  8. Fake Ouimet
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I think he should fix the headers in his RSS so it does not claim the author is Tod Maffin.

    And yeah, confront his contradictions. We’™ve had to.

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