Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Episode 10: Defined By Absence
Play now!Episode 10: Defined By Absence questions the many advertisements aired on public radio and television in the United States. Aren't these a violation of definition if nothing else? After all, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was originally formed to provide a format for programs that would not be possible under the commercial broadcast business model. Can an entity created with a sense of being different from more common entities in the business and social ecosystem really be considered in any way different if they engage in the very same behaviors as the commoners? Or should the different entity maintain a sense of purity? I'm leaning toward the latter.We hear Steve Rendell's report on a serious public radio conflict of interest, originally aired on Counterspin and released December 27, 2013. No, a journalistic entity should never be funded by the very corporate entities it is charged with overseeing through its reporting.Music in the episode include a performance of John Dowland's "Come again, sweet love doth now invite," Turmoil's "Drowning in the Cesspool," and the Freak Fandango Orchestra's "No Means No."Finally, many, many thanks to my good and talented friend Susan, whom you listeners should also thank for giving your ears a needed respite from my voice. Variety is good, especially when that variety proves as excellent as Susan's contribution.