Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dehumanization of the Medium

Dehumanization Part 1 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo.

Dehumanization Part 2 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Corporatization Of The Medium

In 1964, media analyst Marshall McLuhan suggested that a given medium was more important than its message.
Kimberly Butler of the Huffington Post interviews Amy Goodman along with Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera, Tim Zagat, Rachel Sklar, Carol Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Bob Simon, John Ziegler, Juan Williams, Kevin Macdonald , Mary Alice Williams, and Stephen Cannell.

Corporatization Of The Medium Part 1 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo.

Corporatization Of The Medium Part 2 from Kimberly Butler on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

One of the best books I've ever read...

The book opens with a deceptively ordinary personals ad: "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world." Seeking a direction for his life, a young man answers the ad and is startled to find that the teacher is a lowland gorilla named Ishmael, a creature uniquely placed to vision anew the human story.

Ishmael's paradigm of history is startlingly different from the one wired into our cultural consciousness. For Ishmael, our agricultural revolution was not a technological event but a moral one, a rebellion against an ethical structure inherent in the community of life since its foundation four billion years ago. Having escaped the restraints of this ethical structure, humankind made itself a global tyrant, wielding deadly force over all other species while lacking the wisdom to make its tyranny a beneficial one or even a sustainable one...

That tyranny is now hurtling us toward a planetary disaster of pollution and overpopulation. If we want to avoid that catastrophe, we need to work our way back to some fundamental truths: that we weren't born a menace to the world and that no irresistible fate compels us to go on being a menace to the world.