Monday, September 26, 2016

Episode 63: You REALLY Didn't Build That!

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Should our news ecosystem be reserved to the wilds of the "market?" Not only should it not, it never really has been. There are quite a few government investments, subsidies, and protections for news dispersal agencies to allow anyone to claim these outlets exist in a "free" market. That is what I argue in this, Episode 63, You REALLY Didn't Build That! Once we get that delusion debunked, we can move on to solutions involving government tweaks and policies that fix the problem of failing news.

On this episode I read once again from Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols' excellent book, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again (First Nation Books, 2010). One more intense dive into that book and I should be able to move on to other books, I promise. I played President Obama on the 2008 campaign trail, and the right-wing reaction to his words from various Faux Newsies and candidate Mitt Romney. A sound that proves more influential than Mr. Romney, I also played a toaster popping.

Musically, I play two from Jahzzar, first "Liar," and then "Origins." Tenacious D's "The Government Totally Sucks" (from "The Pick of Destiny" soundtrack) made a worthy stinger. As usual, I opened with KMFDM's "Attack", this time with Bruce Livesy, and closed with Mistle Thrush’s "It's All Like Today."


  1. It seems that you may have forgotten to upload the audio file for Episode 63, since when I click on Play Now! all I get is: Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.

  2. Thanks Michael, but it's worse than that.

    For some reason, Blogspot it finding it necessary to insert link-breaking nonsense in front of the actual link. Check out the other links in the body of the post: all have attackadspodcast.blahblahblah prior to the live link, which breaks your clickage. I just checked: none of this is in the html code.

    You can excerpt the link by opening the faux-link in another window, then manually deleting everything before the first quotation mark, and the final quote mark, then hitting return. This should open the show it's own window.

    Since you're the first to let me know about this, it may fix itself. That happens. I'll wait before sending angry screeds to the code monkeys at Blogspot.

    Thanks for the heads up!