Thursday, March 30, 2017

In their cups...

A Pleasant Conversation Over Tea

‘Perhaps we could…’

‘That might be nice…’

‘Pass the sugar, please?’

We have here a very civil, very pleasant dreamscape in which pleasant thoughts of this and that are exchanged as to what might bring Pacifica new listeners.

I’ve snipped a bit and snipped a bit more and so reduced the overall length to ~42 minutes. There’s no need to do more than sample, really.


A couple of simple observations:

There is of course, of course of course no thought or hint nor dream nor imagining of any interest in any form of programming other than news/public affairs, all from a leftist/progressive perspective, of course, of course, of course.

Of course.

What other reality or truth is there, after all?

‘Pass the sugar, please?’

‘More tea?’

‘Care for a cookie?’

The foundational commitment to arts and education do not exist, of course, having been abandoned, then executed some forty or so years ago in favor of advancing The Revolution.

There are a few amusing elements:

What is this social media, stuff?

Of course it would be great if we could cover hearings, because, well, just because they’re availablein in a thousand forms doesn’t mean, uh, because, well, uh…

We should cover hearings!

Let’s do video! That would be great! We could do video!

I like Ralph Nader!

Maybe things on the web!

We could transcribe things!

What’s this streaming stuff? Is it expensive? Could we do it?

A recurrent theme throughout this conversation over tea is the importance of not ever, ever, ever threatening or appearing to threaten any existing programs.

Never, never, never!

Never, ever ever!

Some things, after all, are quite simply impossible.

Pass the sugar, please.

‘The revolution will not be televised…’

Nor aired.

It will, however, have been much discussed, at length.

To no effect.

Other than the pleasures of the discussion.

There are, after all, so few true believers!

Pass the sugar, please.

~ ‘indigopirate’

The Berkeley Tea Party.


  1. Chris/Indigopirate may think they are being funny with their comment about written radio, but the FCC/DHS/NPR are among those testing using radio to alert deaf people of EAS alerts, etc with RDS and text on HD radio. How long before someone files a lawsuit to force radio stations to "close-caption" EVERYTHING on their RDS and HD to comply with the ADA act? If they can force TV to start running "descriptive audio" for blind people, where you hear a voice say "Elmo has moved to the trash can next to Big Bird" on a special audio channel, how long before radio has to CC all talk and songs?

    1. Fascinating.

      ~ 'indigopirate'

  2. What a lovely conversation. You would never know they were longtime members of Pacifica just from listening to the meeting. I never knew the solution was so simple. Open Mics and whistleblower shows. All this time, I thought it was the programs which serve a small niche audience and absolutely no one else.

    1. Note, too, that not once, so far as I heard, was there any reference as to the need to recruit talent.

      Talent, it's possible to argue, is all that really matters.

      Talent can hold an audience with a well-placed silence or the rustle of a page, just as on stage, talent can hold an audience by the fact of their presence, even in silence, even absent movement.

      It’s all about talent.

      These are rankest amateurs, playing at advocacy.

      ~ ‘indigopirate’

    2. One can, of course, be a rank amateur without being clueless. :)

  3. Just a group of people that have no ideas of any substance or reality. What they don't comprehend is Why their old listenership has moved on. Since they can't comprehend that, they want to try to find new sheep to fleece, but they won't with these brain dead ideas. In fact, they know how nobody wants to hear their crap, so they want to subtitle their junk. Are you fucking kidding? If people don't want to hear it, they sure don't want to read it.

    Just amazing.