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Air America Radio goes SILENT today – YOU LOSE.

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Air America Radio will have an extended moment of silence today. In other words, it will be permanently go OFF Air. It will no longer bring it’s listeners/supporters the alternative progressive news that they are accustomed to receiving since its debut in 2004.

After years of financial struggles and multiple owners, the radio station has concluded that it can not maintain its current financial status and is filing for bankruptcy. Having opened its doors in the RED, surviving the changing mediascape, in addition to an unprecedented economic downturn, the radio station was at best – a long shot.

Having turned to the radio station for its fresh presentation of the politics, I was shocked to learn of its fate. Although a neophyte, Air America Radio, seemed a fixture in our daily lives, as fixed as CNN or NPR. It was an alternative option providing us with some of the progressive voices we know best.

Not everyone thought so

I began to ask myself a question. How come all the hoopla because one company did not survive. In our capitalistic society it’s survival of the fittest. Air America Radio’s is just another company that didn’t make it.

There is more here than meets the eye:

What have we truly lost? What happens to freedom of choice when there is no choice? Air America is another casualty in a long line of casualties caused by the greed that has led to a recession worse than the Great Depression. Moreover, besides our loss of choice, it represents the slow ebb of life from our traditional media sources. Finally, it yet again, brings us square in the face with the reality of our current state of affairs. Air America radio is another good man down.

When the economic downturn reaches your door – you notice and you can ignore it. When it smacks you in the face – let’s just say you have to work a lot harder to ignore it.

I just tell it like it T-I-Tiiz!

Have a moment of silence for Air America Radio. It was good while it lasted.

visit their farewell here: http://airamerica.com/

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“Hit The Bitch” – A NEW Danish App?

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First. What do you think about a game called “Hit The Bitch?”  I want you to remember what feelings or thoughts it evokes.  Write em down whatever you have to do, just remember them.

Now…It’s the new Danish platform to promote awareness AGAINST domestic violence.

I first learned about this on Blogher while perusing the health section. Read the article tell me what you think.

There’s a lot of things that can be said:

Does it reach its intended audience? Yes.

Does it promote awareness of the issue? Yes. (look we’re all discussing and even outraged)

Does it promote awareness AGAINST violence? I’m not so sure…

When our younger community is NOT easily swayed by scare tactics or moved by statistics.  Is this the guerilla style tactic we have to resort to in order to reach this audience? Be realistic.  There are tv series about robin hood style serial killers and rogue plastic surgeons….

It’s definitely an “in your face” campaign and may be NOT to the liking of some or MOST folks.  If nothing else…it has people talking/buzzing?  I’ve seen other campaigns like the European Don’t lose your head HIV campaign…it was racy and controversial. (beware of pics before you click!) Even our super heroes have been used to get the message across!  Is this different?

I’d love to hear what teens think about it. What about Danish teens?

Here are some male thoughts on the matter:

Male Blogger 1

Male Blogger 2

What are your thoughts? By all means…let’s discuss.

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I will NOT read your F!@##$ Script!

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Sometimes we ask things of other people without asking ourselves what our asking means. (a purposely confusing statement for the conundrum we often create)  Confused? While screenwriter Josh Olson wrote crudely on the subject,  it was exactly the right point of view to get point across to those of us who just don’t get it!

Should you really ask? What exactly ARE you asking?

I’ve often consented to doing “favors” for others “gratis”, both within and outside my realm of expertise.  However, me myself, I tend to have a lot of guilt about asking others for their input in my personal and business endeavors.  For whatever reason, when I am asked –I just can’t say “NO.”  There have been very few times when I say, “no” (usually due to previous obligations or my inability to oblige) but more times than I can count where I’ve said, “yes.”  (insert sigh here)

After I’ve agreed and committed myself to undertaking someone else’s task I have taken on a duty.   I place an extreme amount of time and thought into my efforts.  Yet, to no avail. It seems that no one really gets it (it really doesn’t matter who asked).

I will stress about the deadline (even a perceived deadline), have increasing anxiety about the time it was taking me, skipped a few meals in order to make up for that time, passed on another appointment, neglected some of my own work, obligations, duties, chores, or worse…family.  In the end, someone says, “thanks” or “that’s ok, I got soandso to do it” or “I’ll keep that in mind.”  All the hours of built up tension and hesitation at presenting a result less than par because a certain somebody entrusted you with something that may or may not impact their future, comes to an unclimactic poof.  Whatever. Right?  I could NOT agree with Josh Olson more.  I second his emotion and that of other fields that run into the same dilemma.

Excerpt from the Article by Josh olson:

“There’s a great story about Pablo Picasso. Some guy told Picasso he’d pay him to draw a picture on a napkin. Picasso whipped out a pen and banged out a sketch, handed it to the guy, and said, “One million dollars, please.”

“A million dollars?” the guy exclaimed. “That only took you thirty seconds!”

“Yes,” said Picasso. “But it took me fifty years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.’ “

I think Josh Olson’s tone in this article is perfectly suited for the encountering audience.  Good job Josh! Way to be a dick!

“So the next time you engage a so-called friend, or friend of a friend or otherwise forcefully demanding “gratis” = FREE services/ consultation from them (doesn’t matter for what) under the usual unoriginal guise of friendship-related contractual obligation–ask yourself what am I truly asking for? Would I do the same for them?  How should I respond after they’ve given this professional gift of their own free will? Finally ask yourself …Are you really that good of a friend?

I just have to say it…..” I will NOT read your F!@#$! Script! I will NOT write your F!@#$% recommendation, paper, letter, give my opinion, take your photo, photoshop your picture, come to your event, write about that event,  blog for you etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. ” Whew…

I’m just tellin’ it like it T-I-Tiiz!