On July 20th, I was honored to be a guest on Coy Barefoot’s Charlottesville â€“ Right Now to talk about this blog and thus shredding any remaining pretense of pseudonymity. It was a great experience. Coy is just one heck of a nice guy and very smart. In the late 70’s, I worked in college radio, often the only person in the studio on the midnight shift. I’d be pushing carts (cartridges), spinning LPs, answering phones, and being both the talent and the engineer. It was great fun, but I envied professional DJs who had engineers to do all that for them. Well, technology has come full circle. I sat in a studio with Coy while he interviewed me and watched him launch PSAs and commercials from his computer console, play intros and outros, dash around the station during commercial breaks looking for material that he needed, all without an engineer. Technology really hasn’t made our jobs any easier, just more productive.
Longtime readers of this website may recall that I am a fan of Ted Rall. In 1995, Ted published an article in a now defunct magazine titled “Quit Your Job, Work is a Sham“. I remember seeing photocopies of it posted in my workplace, and it really spoke to me, primarily because my job sucked. Much has changed since then — Ted has become a very successful writer and cartoonist, jobs are being outsourced to the other side of the planet, and I love my current job — but it is still a worthwhile read.
My favorite local activist group, the CCPJ, is hosting a local Impeachment Teach-in (.PDF) tomorrow, July 19, at the UU Church on Rugy Road. The event is sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights as part of their national teach-in series. This is a grass roots effort to get our leaders to pay attention to the very serious abridgements of constitutional democracy perpetrated by the current White House administration. Further information can be found here.