Options The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff: Playlist from May 11, 2009 Options

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Options May 11, 2009: Praxis

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Ramones  We Want the Airwaves   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Intro spiel   Options
Praxis is NOT theory   
Douglas Rushkoff  Working for the apprenticeship   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Life Inc. in a movie   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Powre of Jeanine Saunders Praxis   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Lafe Inc. The Movie   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  P)raxis part 1 - The movie   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Thinking about currencies   Options
Love and Rockets  SO ALIVE   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Conversation with the Culturvators - aka, The Bloomington Think tank   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  The Bloomington Think Tank, aka the 'Culturvators,' are a group of young people in Bloomington, IN   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  who are exploring and enacting hyper-local methods of creating, supporting, and improving permaculture practices,   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  local economic initiatives, and community.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  They are promoters of and participants in organic agriculture, the art community, and local currency/bartering.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Introducing the Culturevators   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  They are promoters of and participants in organic agriculture, the art community, and local currency/bartering.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Culturvation is the process of bridging the gaps of individuation that prevent us from creating and sustaining working relationships with our neighbors.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Culturvators are those who break down barriers to form the social groups that produce change.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  In short, many hands make light work, and the Culturvators get those hands to shake so the work can get done. The Dome is a project.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  The Dome is a close loop system   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  The commons as a norm   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  2.0 version of hippydom   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Experimenting with the past (not towards Utopia.)   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Investing in local production   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Localization is ok. (Not a NASDAC business plan.)   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Globalization NOT   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  The alternative isn't scary. Its collaborative.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Collaboration is smaoll, but small is beautiful.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Depression was a positive thing for people's humanity   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Food production is where it starts.   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Permaculture with the Culturvators   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Starting to take phone calls   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Legba on line 1   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Matt with Open Gotham (a think tank) on line   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Small companies run into limits   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Limits with algorithmic calculation of social valuation   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Reputation based currencies   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Doron from Media Squatters mailing list   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  The Diggers (agariam communists) in old England   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Utopian ideals are met with resistance   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Small groups meet with sucess when its decentralized   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Handmade toys don't scale   Options
Douglas Rushkoff  Networking tools is how you can cope with decentralized effor   Options

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Listener comments!

  7:10pm Bad Ronald:

Greetz to Douglas et al!
Praxis - Wotagreatwurd!
Yer opener reminds me of a debate I witnessed in the 80's tween Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin re: Change - from within or without...
  7:10pm Brian Oregon:

In neomarxist/critical social theory (for what it's worth), praxis is 'theory in action', that is, theory put into practice.
  7:12pm coin of the realm:

music please! uh. age of aquarius is here. get real
  7:13pm Brian Oregon:

Does Life Inc. encompass the history of the development of modern consumerism (Jackson Lears, Colin Campbell, Stuart Ewen, etc.), which was interwoven with the development of advertising as public culture?
  7:13pm Bad Ronald:

You no like-a de Ramones?
  7:14pm Janine:

Douglas says 'yes'
  7:15pm Nancy Reagan:

Just say no.
  7:18pm Brian Oregon:

You can't really say "no" and practice modern lifecraft: individuals are responsible for maintaining a livelihood (making money) and constructing an identity from fields of possibility differentially accessible to a great extent based on ability to pay. That form of self/identity/life was developed at the same time as modernity (industrial consumer capitalism).
  7:21pm Legba Carrefour:

I'm pretty sure the Nancy Reagan comment was a joke, but I think your follow up is a legitimate point that should be expanded upon. We should be saying no and yes that does involve a rejection of most of modern life. Refusal of this entire system is what we need at a time when our lives are doing everything but allowing us to live. I'm hoping these are the days where we get the space to start finding alternatives.
  7:24pm Brian Oregon:

Legba -- I agree and it's one of the reasons I moved from southern California to rural-ish eastern Oregon. I can see the possibilities more clearly here. A good way to start is to eat food grown as close as possible to yr home.
  7:27pm Doron:

I lived for a while in a semi rural environment that is pretty enlightened in some respects (ithaca) but there are cultural exchanges that are possible only in big major cities, that ultimately held more appeal to me. I wonder what the ideas spell for big cities.
  7:27pm Nancy Reagan:

Yeah, I was being facetious...
  7:28pm Brian Oregon:

Sorry Nancy... PS you have a large head relative to your body.
  7:29pm texas scott:

amen,Brian.growing your own food and being more independant is a great start.you made a good move.
  7:30pm Legba Carrefour:

I'm hoping people get more willing to fight for control of the city and eventually a subversion of the metropolis as we know it. There's been a lot of talk recently about how the metropolis as we know is just the product of a certain class taking advantage of the cities that we've all produced in common. And I'd like to see the commons reassert itself in the city.
  7:32pm Legba Carrefour:

Michael Hardt and Toni Negri have a book coming out called Common Wealth that addresses some of that. You can hear Hardt talk about that here a bit: http://is.gd/yXSN (it's about 15 minutes in).
  7:33pm Brian Oregon:

I do miss the cultural activities of the big city. But here, it's more DIY, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I think cities can be remade without the overclass in control, but it will necessarily be harder because you have to coordinate more people. For some pretty radical ideas, see the book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living, out recently from South End Press.
  7:34pm Nancy Reagan:

No worries Brian, my head prevents my body from blowing away in a strong wind.

btw - I hear OR is a nice place for vineyards.
  7:34pm Legba Carrefour:

And there's some neat stuff in this piece called "20 Theses on the Subversion of the Metropolis" that's a bit on the situationist/insurrectionary edge. The PDF is also quite pretty (it's done by the Institute for Experiential Freedom) http://is.gd/yXUE
  7:38pm Brian Oregon:

That does look good, Legba -- thanks for the link!
Nancy -- lots of vineyards, mostly in the Willamette and Rogue Valleys, west of the Cascades.
  7:38pm Legba Carrefour:

I think it's going to be easier in some ways. Largely because everything that makes the city work was made in common. And I mean the cultural aspects, how people relate to each other, the communities people have built--all of that was part of a commons and the rest of this nonsense was built on top of that structure to extract value from it for someone else.
  7:46pm can't hear your awesome words:

  7:56pm Someone who isn't me should talk. :-P:

I'm really into this idea of a currency based on valuing a specific kind of labor like community building. For one thing, it seems like it would lend itself to a hyper-local democracy. I'm curious how you could network that globally though.
  7:57pm Someone who isn't me should talk. :-P:

Although maybe I should stop always thinking about how we need to globally connect everything. Maybe that's a really modern impulse that's been beaten into by globalization.
  8:01pm Bad Ronald:

Let's flout controlled substances laws.
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