Mar. 26th, 2016

Actually its birthday was yesterday. Yes, on March 25, 2012, I wrote my first-ever blog entry. It was a leap year, as is this year - although my February 29 2016 marked my first-ever leap-day as a blogger. On March 26, 2012, exactly four years ago, I wrote about Hugh Adami's column in the Ottawa Citizen and how the media in general can serve as a pillar of justice, basically keeping people honest because they have a vested interest in avoiding negative publicity.

In many ways, that's even more true now than it was in 2012 because usage of social media sites is more widespread. One outraged tweet from someone who's had lousy service from a taxi company is enough to get hordes of people flocking to Uber and urging everyone else to do likewise.

In another interesting coincidence, Hugh Adami is retiring and his final column - a look back at the highlights of his career - appears in today's paper. And what was the first highlight he mentioned, complete with photo? Why, the firing of Dan Brown (no relation as far as I know to the author of the Da Vinci Code and other bestselling novels), the security guard who wasn't bilingual - a move that was hastily reversed because of the public outrage sparked by Adami's column.

Most of the issues I was writing about are still relevant now, although in the next few weeks I may offer a few updates on various themes. And there are also some fairly new or emerging - or re-emerging - issues. So here's to another four years - and beyond!

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