Sunday, 30 December 2012
Ikea more important than Idle No More?
When Idle No More was rapidly growing APTN noted that most media outlets covered the Ikea monkey more than the trans-Canada protests. Interesting that Ikea seems to be getting more coverage in Winnipeg (for opening here, rather than for the presence of a monkey), as the local news blog ChrisD.ca displays. Apparently, more box store development in the sprawling 'burbs is worthy of hagiographic coverage, but an aboriginal rights movement in our city - which has the largest urban aboriginal population in Canada - isn't.
What also springs to mind when viewing this twitter feud is the return of the Jets. ChrisD reported when the Jets came back to Winnipeg and described the start of the celebrations. Was he angry when the Jets fan party caused police to shut down Portage and Main? Was Braydon Maz angry about Jets fans "interfer[ing] with other people's plans"? I like hockey (and hate the lockout) as much as the next Winnipegger, but why should a display of hockey enthusiasm be grounds for flooding Portage and Main while demonstrating for aboriginal rights is not?
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