Attack Ads! The Podcast

Question: Why is the largest river in South America called the Amazon? I recently re-read some important source material, and got some surprises on that and other important topics I hope you'll share in this Episode 210: Prehistory, Lost & Found.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

At this rate, we humans face a hot climate blanketing the planet with the over two centuries of fuel exhaust we have already dug up and burned. There are solutions out there. I share a dirty, meaty one in this Episode 209: Partners In A Symbiotic Dance.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/11/episode-209-partners-in-symbiotic-dance.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

What do you think: will we as a species starve to death, or merely roast? Trying to thread that policy needle is proving a challenge, one that (for me, at least) needs to be itself challenged. Hence, Episode 208: Peddling the Nitrogen Cycle.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/10/episode-208-peddling-nitrous-cycle.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

Is your phone listening to what you say when you aren't using it to actually make calls? That's what it seems everyone is wondering; but how to find out if it is? I ponder one possible answer to that question in this Episode 207: Take Two, Phase One.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/10/episode-207-take-two-phase-one.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Extra! Extra! Read all about (maybe) good news for newspapers! Hey, a guy can dream, right? Best of all, this might be the very thing that ends our scourge of disinformation! I look into this possible solution in this Episode 206: Good News For News?

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/09/episode-206-good-news-for-news.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58am EST

What each of us shall find in our future, sadly, too often depends not upon good planning, smarts, and gumption, but rather on who happen to be your mom and dad. Thus it's hardly a meritocracy that dictates Episode 205: All That You Can Be.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/09/episode-205-all-that-you-can-be.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Let's remember Howie's 1958 holiday, the one that turned out to be “I Must Work More!” In this Episode 204, Our Howie Holidays… of Work, I explore just some of the forces that try to convince us to stop worrying, but to never, ever stop working.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/08/episode-204-our-howie-holidays-of-work.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

We last left the six-hour workers at the Kellogg's factory when the war ended in 1946. What new challenges to their shorter work shift will confront them next? That is the question for this Episode 203: KSD Unquieting Hearts For Profit.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/08/episode-203-ksd-unquieting-hearts-for.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

We humans are hyper-social critters. For that reason, it can be difficult for us to discover which of our ideas social pressures unknowingly impose upon us. Changing our minds can thus require a kick implied in this Episode 202: Right In The Heartballs.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/08/episode-202-right-in-heartballs.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

After over eight years of doing this show, I still maintain the best source for show topics comes directly from listener feedback. I have listeners and commenters Pim and Dode to thank for this Episode 201: After Long Silence.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/07/episode-201-after-long-silence.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Time to review my first experiment conducted to try to determine if my phone listens to me… when it should not. To see if I manscaped well or if I nicked the berries, check out Episode 200: Shees Reminded Me of Science.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/05/episode-200-shees-reminded-me-of-science.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

I will maintain as long as I am able to speak that we must learn from history, if only to avoid making mistakes already made… well, making them again… and again… and…. I look back to the Crash of the 1930s in this Episode 199: Ultima Ratio Plebium.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/05/episode-199-ultima-ratio-plebium.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

We humans bear complex mental mechanisms, which are often general enough for experiments to tease out some rules that govern our behavior. Knowing how these rules can manipulate us helps us realize the title of this Episode 198: We Are Not So Smart.

 

Find the Shot Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/05/episode-198-we-are-not-so-smart.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

Workplaces are social dynamos. Quite often—and often by design—how we are paid and scheduled interferes in what people really want from their work. This is the long-existing division I discuss in today's Episode 197: The Rabbits and the Work-Hogs.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/04/episode-197-rabbits-and-work-hogs.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

History has shown again and again that an incomplete or just mistaken understanding of how the world really works leads to most of the problems we suffer. To change our world, we must first change our minds; thus Episode 196: The REALLY Big Necessity.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/04/episode-196-really-big-necessity.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

After seeing some of the best magazines I've ever read go quite extinct, some have wondered if the lack of advertising killed them. I would ask, rather, if magazines can afford to advertise at all. Still, in this Episode 195: I Miss Magazines.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/03/episode-195-i-miss-magazines.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Lately, it seems, how long we owners of tech can use our things has been shrinking, as ever-more monopolistic powers extend toward a product totalitarianism that favors newness over usefulness. This I explore Episode 194: Something Old, Something New.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/03/episode-194-something-old-something-new.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

Have you ever thought how weird it is that experts in labor—issuing pronouncements about how long shifts should be—never work those job shifts themselves? It's another argument supporting the title group in this Episode 193: KSD Lazy, Do Nothing Idlers.

 

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/02/episode-193-ksd-lazy-do-nothing-idlers.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Everyone seems aware of the appalling working conditions afflicting the poor in the 18th century; fewer seem aware, though, of what rationale drove employers to such torture. I dip into a book from that period in this Episode 192: The Right To Be Lazy.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/02/episode-192-right-to-be-lazy.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Today’s society values industry and work, specifically hard and grueling work. This has happened before. We should look to the 1877, where good advice was given in an essay, the title of which I've stolen for this Episode 191: An Apology For Idlers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EST

With all the bad news in which we wallow, it's natural to feel the need to do something. Sadly, that is just what the people who got that news to you would like you to do. Better instead to follow the advice of today's Episode 190: How To Do Nothing.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2022/01/episode-190-how-to-do-nothing.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

Every now and again, I discover a quote I deem relevant enough to share. Less often, I’m moved enough to share most of the original source. In this Bonus Episode, I read from one of those rare finds: FDR's 1938 Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/12/bonus-episode-fdrs-1938-message-to.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

Context is everything. Sadly, context is often lost in the transition to digital communications. We need to remember that, especially when the context is not happy, cheery, with nary a care in the world. Hence, Episode 189: Memento Mori, Motherfacer.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/12/episode-189-memento-mori-motherfacer.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Of course, not all we learn in commercial media can be trusted. It's always good to remember, though, how tenacious some efforts at mis- and disinformation become, swirling to form something described by the title of Episode 188: The Hyporeality Vortex.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/11/episode-188-hyporeality-vortex.html

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

I'm sometimes embarrassed to admit that I might produce this show even without an audience; it's therapeutic. It's good to know people do listen, and often share their provocative thoughts, which prompt this Episode 187: Sharing A Little Mulled Whine.

Find the Show Notes, Pim, at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/11/episode-187-sharing-little-mulled-whine.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

Jerry Mander's 1978 book still packs rhetorical punch, enough that reviewing the notes I took on it lead me to realize a cause, perhaps, of today’s extreme political sectarianism. I'll dive into that in Episode 186: An Internal Scarcity of Contentment.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/11/episode-186-internal-scarcity-of.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

I’m worried. To me, America may be suffering enough social anger—technically called "political sectarianism"—to lead to upcoming upheaval, perhaps in the near future. I'll discuss this in today's Episode 185: Destabilizing Our Collective Understanding.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/10/episode-185-destabilizing-our.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Henry Ford wrote in 1926, “The machine is a symbol of man's mastery of his environment.” He also wrote other things of “public service” and the “wage motive” you should hear. I'll share these concepts in this Episode 184: His Tomorrow Is Our Today.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/09/episode-184-his-tomorrow-is-our-today.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

We all have preferences for products, habits that sometimes last most of our lives. We should, though, be aware of what product makers can do to get us hooked… before we’re even born. With apologies to Ricky Martin, Episode 183 ¡D'Liv'rin' In Vivo, Boca!

Show Notes can be found at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/09/episode-183-dlivrin-in-vivo-boca.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EST

I've shown how the Kellogg's six-hour day became just one form of work sharing during the Great Depression. I haven't shown you yet why this schedule option was all but abandoned. Consider the title of this Episode 182: The Fight To Guide The Plodders.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/08/episode-182-ksd-fight-to-guide-plodders.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Under standard business practice, any company action needs to be cleared by its owner and manager. Therefore, when a company does a thing, look to those people. I look at Kellogg's ultimate authorities in this Episode 181: Kellogg, Brown, and Roots.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/08/episode-181-kellogg-brown-and-roots.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EST

Something fascinating happened 90 years ago; but today, almost no one knows about it. Knowing it was amazing requires, though, knowing what happened… before. I try to correct that historical loss in this Episode 180: The Calvinistic Worship of Toil.

Find the Show Notes at:  https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/08/episode-180-ksd-calvinistic-worship-of.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Not knowing how a system works, one seeks answers when that system fails. Sadly, if the sought answers are wrong, one may extrapolate between similar systems, perhaps disastrously. I share my market bubble theory in Episode 179: How to Blow a Bubble.

Find the show notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/07/episode-179-how-to-blow-bubble.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:15am EST

Time to update you with some new, and some merely clarifying information on topics I have already covered. Why? There's magic in advertising, dark magic; but the more you know about it, the less it works on you. Hence, Episode 178: Knowing the Trick.

See the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/06/episode-178-knowing-trick.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

People often seem stupid. Sometimes, though, they simply don't have better choices. Their reactions are guided by innate morality, even if others vehemently deny what the people are collectively reacting against. Hence, Episode 177: WTN …and Disgust.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/06/episode-177-wtn-and-disgust.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

Having only two viable presidential candidates to choose often leaves voters confused, especially when it later becomes clear that lately the two parties are not very different at all… when judged by their actions. Hence, Episode 176: WTN …and Betrayal….

Show notes for this episode can be found at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/06/episode-177-and-betrayal.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Unions are more than just meetings and yelling at each other. I think. It sure seems that way. No, union activity in the workplace is a show of strength for one purpose only: to note the importance of the subject of this Episode 175: Negotiation, and….

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/05/episode-175-negotiations-and.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

Those who make our cars today have figured out ways to make our behavior pay. Shoshana Zuboff gave us this lesson in her book; but I may have stumbled on a perfect example at work. I'll fill you in on my theory in this Episode 175: Car(Un)Jacked!

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/04/episode-175-carunjacked.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

Time to dive once again into Jerry Mander's 1978 book, this time selecting just a couple of his reasons to eliminate television. These are reflected in the title of Episode 173: Our Influencing Machines and Their Masters.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/04/episode-173-our-influencing-machines.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

Ads are not yet everywhere. That's good. That doesn't mean, though, that there aren't people plotting to capture attention in a new space, one that cannot be blotted out. Those idiots tempt fate, as I describe in my Episode 172: Flirting With Disaster.

 

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/04/episode-172-flirting-with-disaster.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Too many of us lately seem to assume that the negative forces guiding brains are… a thing. (Well, that’s my assumption.) As a general rule, maybe we all just need to heed the advice found in the title of Episode 171: Testing Our Glob of Assumptions.

Find the show notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/03/episode-171-testing-our-glob-of.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Sometimes companies manage to get really big; but what is too big? When they regard their benefit to society as less important than their profit model, we should consider their future, even if they make the stuff of Episode 170: That Great Gray Slurry.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/03/episode-170-that-great-gray-slurry.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EST

What happened to that forgotten way of looking at the world? It seems by changing the language through repetition, nuance was transformed into a more easily challenged binary… and quashed. Hence, Episode 169: Eliminate (Well, De-emphasize) the Negative.

Show notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/02/episode-169-eliminate-well-de-emphasize.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Every now and again, I find myself stumbling upon a forgotten way of looking at the world, one so useful—and in hindsight obvious—that I have to wonder what happened to it. That's the first half of the story in this Episode 168: Accentuate the Positive.

Find the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/02/episode-168-accentuate-positive.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

Something has increasingly come between us; mediated our learning; butted in and substituted actual conversation for what we access on our devices. Sadly… who pays the piper calls the tune. Hence, Episode 167: Talk Blocked, or This Does Not Agar Well.

Show notes can be found at:

https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2021/01/episode-167-talk-blocked-or-this-does.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

For the sixth year now, I present some holiday cheer (well, more accurately, "cheer" as defined by me, a sick snickering cynical bastard). Enjoy my completely off-color, in-no-way safe for children or work Episode 166: Dreaming of an Off-White Xmas.

Show notes can be found at: 

https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2020/12/episode-166-dreaming-of-off-white-xmas.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

No matter what the crisis, it is critical that people are given options. When options conflict with well-vested opinions—or worse, business models—don't expect them to be explained well. I protest one such money silencing in this Episode 165: Dear Nova.

 

Visit the Show Notes at:  https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2020/12/episode-165-dear-nova.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

Knowing the cost of what advertisers spend to get your attention is not the full story. For that, you really need to appreciate the value that attention is worth to those that hire those ad men. And that is Episode 164: Something On Which You Can Depend.

See the Show Notes at: https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2020/11/episode-164-something-on-which-you-can.html

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EST

 

 

Have you ever considered how much is spent befouling our attentions with ads? In other words, how much do people pay to get your attention? I'll examine an article that attempts to discover that in this <a href="https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2020/11/episode-163-sheer-amount-of-space-in.html">Episode 163: The Sheer Amount of Space in Our Day</a>.

 

For Links at the Show Notes Page, head to:

 

https://attackadspodcast.blogspot.com/2020/11/episode-163-sheer-amount-of-space-in.html

 

(Hey, Pim!  Jim here.  I've put the link to the Show Notes page both embedded in the first description and separately below it, in case your pod feeder doesn't like embeds.  Let me know which one works best!  —Jim.)

 

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

When the news chooses to focus on everything politically except at an entire movement drastically changing the world, they fail everyone. Our news becomes nothing but the title of this Episode 162: The Ad-Fueled Dumpster Fire.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

We all use language to codify and structure the reality around us. We have to be careful, though, not to hide within unexamined aphorisms internal impossibilities that mask from us what is really going on. Hence, Episode 161: Aphoristic Dissonance.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

In the last episode, I bitched about not finding my show in a portal search; but what might happen next? Things could get so much worse for podcasters who refuse to bow to ad pressures, as I explore in this Episode 160: Three Necessary Tiers of Freedom.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EST

It sometimes takes an event well beyond my ability to "fix" before an idea worth indulging motivates me to create an episode. Imperious corporate impediments to increasing my show’s listenership prompt this Episode 159: Now You Find Me….

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

In this Episode 158: From a Crawl to a Walk, I share a discovery that is more than simply monumental and epic in its own right, it's oxymoronic: a Walkable Crawlspace.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

In Jerry Mander's first of his Four Arguments, I look at what he feels happens to us when the doors of perception are all but closed to nature; through our unnatural media, autocracy rushes in to fill us. Hence, Episode 157: Without the Slightest Belch.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:11pm EST

For reasons too few truly understand, in our “economy,” too few citizens are invested profitably: in the position of holding assets that increase wealth simply by dint of ownership. I free-form rant on this in Episode 156: Our Unbroken Economy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EST

We currently live through two plagues: one, CoVID-19; the other, vested interests pay not just to shove a plague of bad ideas at all of us, but also to keep good ideas as far away as possible. Hence, Episode 155: Dueling Fictions, Dueling Crises.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

It should come as no surprise that, though influential and important, certain books suffer in reputation simply because they question more dominant media. I give an overview in such a book in this Episode 154: Mander's Four Arguments: An Introduction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

I admit it: I tend to get distracted and wander off topic. Today, I get back to observing the collapse of journalism—and trying to prevent it—with some unhelpful help from public radio personalities in this return Episode 153: No News Is Still Bad News.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

Once and a while, it's good to expend a little more effort in order to expend a bit less effort. It's complicated. Anyway, enjoy the result, a chat with Chad of the Hip Crime Vocab Blog in this Episode 152: The Nuisance Economy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

Never let a good crisis go unexploited, said someone, somewhere. It's good advice. It allows us to see what we've been missing, and maybe what we should keep missing. That's the idea in this Episode 151: A Rare Opportunity to Reimagine.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Don't you hate it when someone comes along and makes you realize that everything you've grown used to supporting is just as toxic as what you really despise? I confront the compromise and the damage done in this Episode 150: Ligers and Tigons and Joe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am EST

You exercise, and for what? Today, the devices that help you work out work against you, reducing your fitness sweaty efforts into further fodder for surveillance profits. That's what I cover in this Episode 149: Watching the World Go To Health.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

What happens when a presidential candidate’s positions threaten not just the business of news, but also offend the sensibilities of those personalities who are paid so very well to present it? I explore this phenomenon in Episode 148: …and Bernie 2020.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

You might only realize how interesting the times in which you live really are when it's hard to distinguish which is worse: the reality surrounding you; or the commercial reporting on that reality. Hence, Episode 147: Blankstorm '95, CoVID-19, and…

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

Perhaps if more people understood how insulting the tenets of advertising are, or how poorly ad-men regard their audience, more might avoid it, or consider restricting it legally. Consider the title of this Episode 146: Hitler Was An Ad-Man.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Sometimes, rare books are rare not because they have no value, but because their value is perceived as topical only for a certain time. Sometimes, though, good ideas suggested for one time prove timeless. Hence this Bonus Episode: Radio's Second Chance.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

Some episode topics for this show are too obvious to even mention…until they affect me more grievously than a simple plea to get another credit card. I discuss that targeted, personal aspect of direct mail in this Episode 145: All Is Fare In Law and War.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm EST

Whenever you step on a stage, it's important to remember your lines, even if the very act of memorizing and later reciting those words warps and dominates your thinking… off-stage. I explore this in this Episode 144: The Thought Leader Three-Step.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EST

A lack of any response from communicants can grow into frustration, over time building into a sense of utter hopelessness. By watching what they do, one can sometimes infer that someone might indeed be listening. Hence Episode 143: Maybe They Do Care.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

New year looks back should be done when conditions grant the best insights. What better sight is there than that described as 20/20? Hence, Episode 142: 2020 Hindsight.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

Sometimes, a company’s announcement causes not ripples but waves. Some laugh and grab their surfboards, while others panic and shout "Tsunami!" I look at one such policy change in this Episode 141: Campaign Season Greetings, Now Chunky Style!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:52am EST

Take just about any phenomenon, and with enough searching it's usually possible to discover the first instance… or at least the first really, really popular occurrence. Serial broadcast drama is my focus on this Episode 140: As The Plots Thicken.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm EST

As we learn from George Orwell, the words we use limit what thoughts we can entertain. The Powell Movementeers spent millions over the decades to limit our political language, giving us what I hope to illustrate in this Episode 139: Fail to the Chief.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

When machines can read your expressions as well as humans, we should worry, especially when such predators, be they human or machine, feel not the slightest tinge of remorse. Hence, Episode 138: Digital Psychopathy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

To understand the national anger at the first radio commercials, I find it helps to understand first and foremost that these ads came right into the home… like an intruder's pungent fart. Hence, Episode 137: Something Else in the Air.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

Technology sometimes makes history dramatically, changing the way its witnesses think of the future forever. Today, I focus on one such unveiling, and link it to the first days of radio, in this Episode 136: Something Amazing In The Air.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Most of us are today packing a small, flat tech rectangle, something that provides hours of staring opportunity. Is that gadget using its microphone to betray our secret desires? I'll dip into this possibility in this Episode 135: Sweat the Petty Stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EST

Broadcasting ads hither and yon is bad enough. Today, though, advertisers can target their ads. What happens when those in the crosshairs are unable to resist? Who is to blame, then, for harm? I ask that in this Episode 134: The Opposite of Pride.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:22am EST

Sometimes, things I recently read about happen in real life, giving relevance to those books I keep diving into… and more evidence that my reading (and this show) is on the right track. I share one coincidence in this Episode 133: The End of the Myth.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Dictionaries are bound to have errors. What I found surprising is how many not just dictionaries but also others defined a pretty common word so egregiously wrong. So, I try to get that definition right in this Episode 132: No, Alanis, It Really Isn't.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

Online advertising is now an insufferable bastard. It forces regulators to verbally suck up to those they oversee, and journalists to participate in the crimes on which they report. I share this hot ironic mess in Episode 131: The Keys to the Treasure.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

If you camp, protect your food, for the woods are full of opportunists quite happy to swap their diet of bugs and berries for your candy and cold cuts. Sadly, we must do the same at home, as I explain in Episode 130: Vermin Feed on Forgotten Trash.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

More forms our opinions than just what we read or hear. Habits, both social and not so much, might enlarge the chasm between us and others, a widening that may provide commercial interests an exploitative opportunity. Hence, Episode 129: Mined The Gap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EST

I know you're likely tired of my recent obsession with the term "stereotype;" but there is benefit to understanding that gap between our understanding of a thing and complexities inherent in the thing itself. Hence today's Episode 128: Mind The Gap.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

Once the First World War removed the tarnished and tawdry reputation propaganda had with business, advertisers were able to expand their reach and hone their technique. I share three of their new tricks in this Episode 127: Brand, Demand, and Target!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

To wrap this whole use of propaganda against the citizens that started in the Great War, I thought I'd share my personal journey both within and outside of the myths pounded into us through the television we watch in this Episode 126: Self Evidence.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

We're still at that turning point in history in this episode, this time when one country used the proven techniques of its ally to reverse a campaign promise and involve itself in a Great War. Hence, Episode 125: I Want You, Two.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:54am EST

Today, I explore a turning point, the historic but still fairly recent time when an English-speaking country chose not to order its citizens into battle, but to convince them to do so. The main message is this episode's title: I Want You.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

At the height of their popularity, patent medicine nostrum pushers engaged in so many extreme acts of outdoor commercial vandalism the era was termed The Age of Disfigurement. I describe it in this Episode 123: The Fungus and Mould of The Obscenery.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

There's a lot wrong out there, but it's not enough to simply point it out and shout, at least for me. If you insist on wandering through Wrongville, you may never get to leave if you have only this Episode 122's title: A Map Without Utopia.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:20pm EST

Too many ads today owe their stylistic inspiration to old time pitches for patent medicines, empty exhortations promising far more than the elixirs they bottled could deliver. All that—and so much more!—in this Episode 121: Good for Whatever Ails You.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

Sometimes I find something that should be shared in its entirety. It helps when the author of that something is generous with the permission that makes sharing possible. Such is the case with this Bonus Episode: Propaganda, An Introduction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

You can call it propaganda, or you can call it bias, or you can call it undo pressure from funding sources involved in the topic. I call this Episode 120: Call It What You Will.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:25pm EST

Plunging blindly ahead without due regard is one way to do something. A New Year, though, provides a convenient calendrical pause, where one can look back and make sure goals have not been completely abandoned or forgotten. Hence, Episode 119: My Filter Bubble of Vindication.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

In one part of the world, at least, the phrase "getting good shit for Xmas" is taken more literally than in others. For a fun look at this region, one intended as levity for what December 25th can bring, I offer the gift of Episode 118: ¡Feces Navidad!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

It’s not coincidental that the most irritating advertising arose only after machines increased audiences. Broadcasting and amplification beyond the range of a single voice likewise allowed today’s aural effluent. Hence, Episode 117: Can You Hear Me Now?

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am EST

The more I dive into media history, the more I find that surprises. For example, did you know there was at one time a chain of theaters that didn't charge for admission? It's a mulling topic for me on this Episode 116: Gates & Gatekeepers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:13am EST

Just when a good thing gets going, someone comes along to wreck it, merely because it doesn't make nearly as much money as it could. Like the witches in the Scottish Play, I show one such player in this Episode 115: With This Pin I Stitch Some Dumb.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

It's time to once again let my gums flap without a script to guide them. I've done that before; all I need is sufficient anger. Today I spread my outrage over growing class divisions in this Episode 114: Coffee and Water Everywhere.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EST