What are we reading? July 11, 2019


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

Every screen is a television now, and the production of small-screen shows is at a record high. This insightful piece examines the battle for your eyeballs as streaming takes over. – The New York Times Magazine



Canadian philosopher and culture commentator Mark Kingwell wonders what happens if we stop being bored. He doesn’t think it’s a good thing. – The Walrus



A Congressional icon of the left, a villain of the right, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC for short) sits for a lengthy discussion with The New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, on the presidential race and the mess at the Mexican border. – The New Yorker



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

Canada’s current canola “crisis” could have been mitigated if the industry had paid attention to changes in China’s agricultural policies. While the arrest of Meng Wanzhou played its part, a new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute argues the export ban stems from deep, structural policy trends in China. – CAPI



Another crisis: Attawapiskat has declared states of emergency in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 and now 2019. Once again, issues concerning quality of health, life and safety at the First Nation are making national headlines. – CBC



It’s unclear whether any country is really “winning” the U.S.-China trade war, but Vietnam looks like it could come out on top. – SCMP



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Fascinating photo history of Mount Pleasant by the Tyee’s Christopher Cheung. It was fun to search the pictures for houses and buildings I remember from when I lived in the area as a young guy, and for those that still stand despite intensive redevelopment in recent decades. Tyee



Was convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein a spy? And if so, for whom? Observer



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Low carbon, big payoff: a cool US$2.1 trillion in business gains from adopting low-carbon technology, according to Forbes



Business and the rest of us will need all the gains we can get from low-carbon or any other technology if Canada's senior levels of government keep overspending as outlined in this C.D. Howe Institute report 



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Think it’s possible for a company like Amazon.com to dominate the world and become a conglomerate so large that it alone exists? These two economists from Layola University in New Orleans don’t. They explain in the most recent edition of the UBC-based academic journal Taxis and Cosmos. through this review of the 10-year-old movie WALL•E, which depicts that kind of scenario, why market forces will be able to prevent such dominance. – Taxis and Cosmos