Everywhere I go, progressives are crying about the unfair capitalist media and how they don’t represent our point of view. This is like whining about the appetite that a hawk has for field mice. What, after all, would we expect?
Instead we need to be figuring out ways to discredit, overcome, and bypass these media.
In perparation for a local workshop some of us organized in Durham NC on “The Economics of Exploitation,” we decided to substitute an introductory CD — accessible to most people — for what we’d done in the past: issue reading assignments in obscure and often archaic language from various of the holy texts, and issue so many of them that the beleagured reader felt like she was being asked to take a drink from a fire hose.
This has turned out to be immensely popular and remarkably easy. Brian Russell, whose Audio-Activism link is on this blog, had me over for one hour two weeks ago. I had written down my spiel and read through it a few times to familiarize myself with my own written diction to ensure that it wouldn’t sound odd when it was read aloud, then we sat down and recorded it. Straight through, not even a drink of water, in 43 minutes. So it ain’ nuthin to write home about, but then again people seem to like it, and I’ve gone through a whole 50-pack of blank CDs (cost $16) passing them out to more people who say they want one.
They like it because they can listen to it in the car while they are commuting, on the bus (subway in other more advanced places), or while they are out taking their exercise walks. So we are going to make more, trying to keep them under 30 minutes from now on. The disks cost 32 cents each, and the little hard plastic covers cost a quarter apiece. 52 cents a copy, and people listen to them, strikes me as a better return on investment, if you’ll forgive the capitalist idiom, than passing out a bunch of party papers, or worse yet, boo-hooing in your beer about the mean old capitalist media.
So I encourage people to find anyone who has the basic equipment to cut these things, and use them to our advantage.
I broke this into tracks, because if someone wants to hear a piece again, they don’t want to muddle through a single cut that is 43 mnutes long. Those tracks are here, and even though they specifically refer to our workshop, there may be something people find of value there. It ain’t pretty, and I don’t have the best voice around… which is the point. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress; and the struggle is a temporal phenomenon.
Written and narrated by me (ergo the occasional lapses into Arkansas-ese)
Edited by Bridgette Burge (edited in the writing, not the recording)
Recorded by Brian Russell
Track 1 – Capitalism’s psychic hotline
Track 2 – Symbols and nature
Track 3 – The New God
Track 4 – Enlightenment Mumbo-Jumbo
Track 5 – The Magic of Property
Track 6 – Doing the Laundry
Track 7 – Colony and Costs
Track 8 – Crisis & Concentration