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.

MikeyPod 18 | Dancer Dominic Walsh

Song: The Homecoming Queen Has a Gun-Julie Brown

Fundraising Update: $350.00. THANKS! still have $650.00 to go!

Interview: Dominic Walsh

Promo: WHYME podcast

Song: Chicago-Sufjan Stevens

Activism 101 with Bicyclemark

100 Word Story: Numbers by Laurence Simon

I ended the show with a preview of a show I am putting together with my friend Erin Stallings. It is a work in progress, please note that I ended the show with it in case the pain is to great. 🙂 We will be appearing at Ovations on October 22.

Thanks for listening!

Sneak Preview

Tomorrow’s show will feature an interview with Dominic Walsh of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Here’s a portion of a piece he choreographed and danced entitled Katharsis.

Special thanks to my extra-special roomate Brandon Peters for his Mac-assistance in getting this file ripped from dvd and converted to a format that will delight your eyes.


MikeyPod Breaking News

I will be podcasting from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty 2005 Conference.

I need new equipment to do this in a professional manner:
Marantz PMD670 Professional Solid State Portable Recorder

Two Shure SM58 Microphones

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MikeyPod 17 | After the Storm

New intro and other show elements thanks to Adam Raimer at Madtown Aces Audio Productions

song: “The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen from the album Songs to Learn and Sing

New Segment: Activism 101 with Bicyclemark

Song: “Stuck” by Jenn Vix. Buy it at her site or on iTunes

100 word Story: The Paperless Boy by Laurence Simon

New Podcast: Radio Moonbeam

Mikeypod’s Capsule Movie/Television reviews from an abandoned city.

Song: “Century Plant” by Victoria Williams from the album Loose

Thanks for listening! Contact me at mikeypod at gmail dot com or call the mikeypod show hotline at 206-339-6682

sidenote: i need to get my audio better. any suggestions? I think what I need is possibly a new soundcard? maybe a mixer? pre-amp? compressor? There is this high pitch that creeps in and I can’t figure out where it is coming from, and my voice sounds too soft, but if I turn it up, the whistle gets louder too. I welcome any suggestions.

MikeyPod 16 | Ritacast

Ritacast info:

Russell Holliman
Chris Doelle
Louis Hill
Michael Harren

Shoutcast: (add this to your playlist in WinAmp or other MP3 Player)
browse to, your default program to handle shoutcasts should open automatically and play the show.

I will podcast recordings of the shoutcasts as necessary. I am not going to podcast all of them however, so if you wanna hear everything, stay glued to your computer for breaking news. If I lose power, I will hopefully still be able to call into the shoutcast on my cell phone. Louis will podcast on as obiwanadobe if I lose power or my internet connection.

me: mikeypod at gmail dot com
ritacast: ritacast at houstonpodcasting dot net

channel: #ritacast