MikeyPod 23

in this episode:

More from the NCADP conference in Austin.

Madge Weinstein calls me a nelly bottom.

A response to Dave Calderbank.

100 Word Story from Laurence Simon

Texas’ Proposition 2, did you vote today?

Podsafe (damn that word is retarded) Music:

Do the Bambi-Stereo Total from Kill Rock Stars
Rhythm-Page France from Fall Records

MikeyPod 22

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Podcast
Rabbi Kerry Baker speaking at the NCADP Conference in Austin
We Manage Stuff
Clarinetist Jolsen Oshiro of Denmark’s Ensemble Nordlys and Copenhagen Winds.
Activisim 101 with Bicyclemark

Cry 4 Help- Har Mar Superstar
Transfiguration by Takayuki Rai, Clarinet- Jolsen Oshiro

MikeyPod 19 | Houston Farmer’s Market

Last week, Riding with the Window Down’s Chris Doelle and I combined forces to bring you a soundseeing tour of the Houston Farmer’s Market. Here’s who we ran into:

Honi from Jolie Vue Farms.
Anita from A Remarkable Experience
Janet from ???? (sorry, I didn’t write anything down)
Gus- again I didn’t catch the name of his farm, but his story gives a strong argument for organic farming.
Janice from Words and Foods. I bought her Potato, Orange and Rosemary Soup. It kicked ass.
Robin from Central City Co-op

No Podcast today!

I won’t be posting another show until later in the week. I am working on getting my audio better and I refuse to do another show with that damned high frequency noise.

As a minor consolation, I posted a downloadable mixtape on my livejournal that you may enjoy.

Look forward to a brand new MikePod on the Bayou on thursday or so with nice CLEAN sound quality!

Media Manipulation

Last week Bicyclemark did the first of a two part podcast series discussing how the media controls the public. Really interesting stuff. It really helped me to understand something that troubles me about our society especially because I am among the first to buy right into it.

Right around World War I, Edward Bernays set out to manipulate the public using the theories of his uncle Sigmund Freud. He originated the idea that we aren’t just puchasing things but are in fact making ourselves better by owning a given object and projecting a certain image.

I have always thought of this desire as a sort of innate human weakness, you know, as if owning a certain car or pair of jeans, or a purse we become someone better. It’s frightening to think that we have been taught this weakness by corporations and the media.

Even scarier, this is the same sort of manipulation employed by Joseph Goebbles, Adolf Hitler’s Propaganda Minister. Goebbels was directly infulenced by Bernays. Think about that for a second. Could our fine government be trying to manipulate us in the same way?

Anyway, check out Bicyclemark’s show. He explains it all so very well.