Options The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff: Playlist from April 20, 2009 Options

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Options April 20, 2009: with guest Aaron Naparstek

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The Ramones  We Want the Airwaves   Options
Douglas' intro monologue   
Daft Punk  Technology   Options
Real People Doing Real Things  Don Leroy and Dewayne   Options
Chaise Lounge  Burning Down the House   Options
Aaron Naparstek  Douglas and Aaron talk about energy, traffic et al.   Options

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Listener comments!

  7:02pm David @ The Media Squat:

Hi all, tonight's guest is Aaron Naparstek
  7:03pm Sean Daily:

First comment! Woo hoo!
  7:05pm David @ The Media Squat:

Tonight's People Doing Real Things guest will be Dan Leroy and DeWayne talking about GO Jobs and teaching troubled youth/
  7:06pm Sean Daily:

Going back to the Dark Ages would ROCK, man. It'd be, like, totally METAL. I'm gonna get me a dragon and some armor with horns on it and fly around with a big ol' axe if we have another Dark Age. Oh yeah. It'll be totally BRUTAL.
  7:12pm haywarmi:

People are larger now because of the hormones in our environment? Oh my god let's just throw the scientific method out the window and return to the mythological beliefs of the Dark Ages. Please don't throw around urban legend myths based on bad science as "known facts".
  7:16pm Bad Ronald:

You mean people existed in full color pre-sixties?
  7:17pm Brian Oregon:

"Civilized" = centralized

I agree with Douglas: We are not stuck with a spectrum of political possibility and what has happened in the past. Humans are inherently creative and the democracy demanded by free people will develop whole new ways of being, and it will likkely be more like "the Dark Ages" than The Jetsons.
  7:17pm Sean Daily:

Why can't we live in the desert? Egyptians were pretty metal. Not as metal as the Assyrians but, still, pretty metal.
  7:17pm Pearly Sweets:

Sean's so brutal.
  7:19pm Bad Ronald:

heh heh, "Assyrians".

Is that an anal bleaching reference?
  7:21pm Sean Daily:

Heh heh huh heh... I said ass.

And the discussion deteriorates even more...
  7:22pm Pete:

Hello from the Real World. What's it like there?
  7:26pm Bad Ronald:

Well my friend, hope you're likewise.
Send pecan sandies and Clorox Pete, for the love of god!!!
  7:27pm David @ The Media Squat:

Any questions for Dan and DeWayne about their community work, sustainable jobs and transforming lives?
  7:31pm texas scott:

gardening = goodness
  7:32pm David @ The Media Squat:

Up next: Aaron Naparstek from Streetsblog.org, Honku, Traffic Alternatives and the Livable Streets Initiative. He and Douglas will be talking about the history of energy and the current mess.
  7:34pm Brian Oregon:

I checked out the GO website -- that is some really cool stuff those guys are doing! Very inspirational.
  7:37pm David @ The Media Squat:

Up next: Aaron Naparstek!
  7:39pm David @ The Media Squat:

Questions for Aaron Naparstek?
  7:40pm Pete:

Oh god, I hate car alarms.

I love Car Alarm, tho.
  7:42pm texas scott:


I admire your passion!
  7:44pm texas scott:

uh I mean Douglas (hehe)
  7:45pm David @ The Media Squat:

  7:47pm David @ The Media Squat:

Ooops. That should be www.streetsblog.org ! Serves me right typing with my feet.
  7:48pm Brian Oregon:

One long-term view of the history of energy came from anthropologist Leslie White, who theorized that sociocultural evolution was tied directly to particular ways of capturing and using energy. Interestingly, at the end of his career, he repudiated the teleology of his idea of "evolution" and asserted the first great energy capture (domestication of agriculture) was the downfall of humans!
  7:48pm texas scott:

what if no one had cars in densely-populated areas all over the world?
can you imagine all the clean air???

put your shoes back on,Mike...
  7:52pm texas scott:

uhh..i mean david...
  7:53pm Brian Oregon:

a really cool website about living without cars (complete with streets planned out) is:
Check out the "topology" and "districts" and "blocks" !
  7:55pm texas scott:

cheers oregon! and thanks.
  8:26pm noah:

thanks for soliciting questions from the audience. I will check the chat, when listening from now on. Please remember to play devils advocate sometimes when interviewing guests you agree with, the strength of their ideas lies in the fact that they can respond strongly to criticisms leveled at them. The show is amazing, and its given me so much to think about, and has activated dormant places in my brain that have not been questioned. Thanks again.
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