June 9, 2010

If You Liked Embedded Reporting, You'll Love the "Fake Lake"

Apparently, in order to keep most of the media away from the actual G8 summit, the Canadian government plans to house most of the media in a specially-constructed replica far from the actual summit site:

"Summit organizers are constructing the artificial lake inside Toronto's Direct Energy Centre to showcase the actual site of the G8 summit hundreds of kilometres away in Huntsville, Ont., June 25-26. The temporary media centre will host all but about 150 of the estimated 3,000 journalists from around the world covering the G8 . . . ."
More at CBC News.

The cost for a few days of simulated news? $1.9 million, which includes $57,000 for a fake, 10 cm.-deep lake and $407,000 in consultation, management and other fees. More details at cnews.

Talk about The Society of the Spectacle . . . . And, laugh at Alex Jones; but at least he's not deterred by a lack of accommodations.

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