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Why has Google cast me into oblivion? 

What it means is that a blog I wrote in 2007 will no longer be findable when searching on Google in Europe.

Which means that to all intents and purposes the article has been removed from the public record, given that Google is the route to information and stories for most people.

So why has Google killed this example of my journalism?

Well it has responded to someone exercising his or her new “right to be forgotten”, following a ruling in May by the European Court of Justice that Google must delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” data from its results when a member of the public requests it.

Essentially, what this means is that someone that a writer has references in their online article could be removed because that person requested to be “removed” from Google search. Imagine if even 1/10 of the world’s population did this? Or if 1/4 of celebrities did this? How much journalism would be erased?

The Grid TO to stop publishing

“We launched The Grid about three years ago and it gained a real solid reputation as a top-quality, city magazine for the downtown Toronto core. It won all sorts of international and national design awards and writing awards,” says Bob Hepburn, the director of communications for Star Media Group.

“However, in this current advertising market, it’s been a difficult, challenging environment, not only for The Grid, but for other print and electronic media.”

This is a sad ongoing trend of great publications locally and internationally. Why is no one able to crack this new era of independent content media sustainably?

How a password changed my life

I still await very anxiously each month so I can change my password into something that I need to get done.

On a good note, this article is not what you’re thinking. It doesn’t start off like what you’re thinking. But it ends up being very inspiring and logical.

Photography

Dedicated

“A great picture is one that tells that story, is technically sound, and that no one else has.” — Robert Beck.

I haven’t updated this blog in a bit because I’ve been literally all over the map doing different things!

But now that I’ve settled down for the moment. I’d like to share some of these things with all of you.

Travel photos from: Spain, Greece and Turkey.

Concert photos from NXNE 2014: St. Vincent, Swans, Spoon and more from the rest of the LiL team.

Podcasts: NXNE 2014 Wrap-up, Anthony Fantano from The Needle Drop, Michael Gira of Swans.

Inspirational

Better

“Better. It’s a powerful word. ” narrates Apple CEO Tim Cook. I just love this companies initiative to strive for more than just money. They are seeking social and environmental change that will better the planet.

This word. Better. Also means a lot to me as this is what I am trying to do with the projects I work on. I haven’t posted here in a while now. And that’s because I’ve been working with some amazing people. First is the Capsule Podcast, which I began with co-host Andreas Babiolakis in January. During that time, we’ve had the privilege of talking with great artists such as St. Lucia, Glasvegas, USS, and DJ Cassidy, just to name a few. We promise for many more in the near future.

The main project and my baby, Live in Limbo just turned five years old. What started off as a blog has continued to grow over the years with some fantastic team mates into one of the best independant pop-culture websites in Toronto. I’m so happy to see where it is today. And what is to come in the next five years and beyond.

Don’t Fuck Up The Culture

Why is culture so important to a business? Here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial. And if we have a company that is entrepreneurial in spirit, we will be able to take our next “(wo)man on the moon” leap.

Culture is absolutely important. It is something I strive to make a foundation for, maintain and grow in every environment I participate in.

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