Consumerism

A Peaceful & Prosperous New Year for EVERYONE!

A video Christmas Card: a load of YouTube videos mashed up with a home-made song. “Woe is us, we”re in a lot of trouble. We’re at a point of maximum denial. People are ignoring the obvious, They’re keeping the news out of the News.” “The oligarchic character of the modern English Commonwealth does not rest, … Continue reading A Peaceful & Prosperous New Year for EVERYONE!

Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

The net income of the richest 100 billionaires would be enough to make extreme poverty history four times over. That’s a pretty extremist statement. A headline from The Morning Star, The Socialist Worker or Marxism Today you might think? Nah. It was from an Oxfam press statement released on 19 January 2014. The Guardian covered … Continue reading Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

Perversions made possible by the machine age

Have just been rereading George Orwell’s essay, Benefit of Clergy, a critique of Salvador Dali’s autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali.           “As a record of fantasy, of the perversion of instinct that has been made possible by the machine age, it has great value.” That set me thinking. What kind of perversion is … Continue reading Perversions made possible by the machine age

Off Air, Broadcast, W Stephen Gilbert

Broadcast, 31 Aug 1981
W Stephen Gilbert
Off Air
BBC2

The BBC Manchester series City was a more random collection of reports on where we’re at. I caught four editions, particularly enjoying Ian McNulty’s well thought-through film on musical life in Leeds. Apart from the diversity of musical styles, the fragmentation of socio-political attitudes also came over.