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Listener comments!

  Mon. 3/16/09 7:05pm Bad Ronald:

Welcome Douglas!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:07pm annie:

douglas, i am excited about this show..
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:08pm Sean Daily:

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome, Douglas.

Oh, and... Third comment! Woo hoo!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:12pm Brian Oregon:

we need to create an economy that is not based on advancing plutocratic interests -- maybe start with a Jubilee wiping out all debts (or maybe debts under 100,000....
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:22pm rok:

good times, good times, glad to hear you here douglas
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:23pm annie:

so glad to be hearing this!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:24pm texas scott:

gen x was exploited by the corporation....

we can only go forward from here...where we stand!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:26pm annie:

scott, i sooo agree, i was so wary of the shit coming down in commercialism when my kid was growing up. and boy is he savvy now..
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:30pm texas scott:

absolutely,annie.
i was and still am afraid to raise a child
OMG..the work involved!
i think we are on the verge of a social revolution.
for everyone's GOOD!!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:32pm annie:

i am so excited about the coming changes.. it will be revolutionary; something i've been looking forward to since the 70s
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:34pm texas scott:

YES! change is gonna come...it's about FUCKING TIME!!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:34pm annie:

you know, though, you'll change you mind about kids or you'll work with youth of today. it's important now to get the kids motivated, not that they aren't already, the work organizing the masses of kids!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:37pm texas scott:

it takes a village,annie
as an adult,i feel that i am an example
to all people, children ,too
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:38pm Derek in DC:

Hypothesis: Gen X was exploited by the corporate machine because we couldn't agree on a better alternative, but we knew we really wanted one.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:39pm annie:

always keep that in mind as you move through your day. walk your talk. witness and live by example..
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:40pm texas scott:

amen,sister!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:40pm Ike:

Re: wanting to regress and let an authority figure take control for us: This compulsion comes out in a lot of fiction. I see far too many books and movies with individual savior figures who die and come back to life to save everybody, like "The Matrix" and countless others, rather than groups of people working together to "save the day." It's a monarchy-loving impulse.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:41pm Brian Oregon:

Gen X was first generation to grow up with tv since birth, leading to early cynicism, and hopefully for many, a movement BEYOND CYNICISM.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:43pm texas scott:

gen x was media- created
and media manipulated
how lazy could(can) we get?
i think it's finally gonna change!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:44pm annie:

call me an aging idealistic hippie, but i still feel the spirit of giving and generosity will never fade. consumerism has run us ragged and made keeping up with the joneses alot more challenging and exhausting.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:44pm Brian Oregon:

The democracy demanded by free people will not be governed by "leaders" living in stately government buildings -- not even leaders like Obama. Hopefully, he can help guide us past plutocratic domination to a place where real democracy can arise and leaders like him will no longer be needed (or tolerated).
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:45pm texas scott:

i love you,you aging hippie.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:45pm annie:

i like that picture brian
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:46pm annie:

:) scott.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:47pm annie:

i have no idea who this young man is or whence he came, but if this is the face of my future and yours, then you are in good hands..
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:48pm texas scott:

the spirit of giving and generosity

will always prevail!!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:51pm Brian Oregon:

The financial crisis revealed this: Things need to get done and there are people who need things to do (i.e., work). But it doesn't all come together because "finance" can't see how to make enough money doing it. That's why the current system, designed and run to make money for people with money, has to go. I don't know exactly how we can make it work, but I am sure we can.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:54pm annie:

brian, necessity is the mother of invention!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:55pm the Illuminated Void:

X' er here. I xited in the eighties with the realization that a massive shift was going to happen and still is. Everything is balancing out. The surface does not really reflect the reality of what is beneath.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:56pm Brian Oregon:

Good point annie! There are some people developing ideas for a "participatory economy", and there are great examples of workers cooperatives from around the world. We just have to find ways to get people moving...
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:57pm Maria:

hey could you pronounce or write the name of that game you guys were talking about? luddite xers such as myself are curious about this unfamiliar (to me) phenomenon.
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:58pm annie:

motivation will come with desire to eat and have shelter. and sharing, sharing is the answer!!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:58pm annie:

yeah i agree with maria!!! say the name of his book too
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:58pm texas scott:

woo hoo,sharing!
  Mon. 3/16/09 7:59pm maria:

oh!BTW, welcome indeed!! - excited about the show,
  Mon. 3/16/09 8:35pm Peteski:

A) why no archive?

B) why no archive?
  Mon. 3/16/09 11:46pm doron:

I have some bad news to report: it appears that our main audio encoder and its back-up both had problems during Doug's show tonight. We've been unable to recover audio for this show. We're very sorry about this incident. I can promise you there will be audio for the show next week and we will also be putting a podcast up.
  Wed. 3/18/09 10:38am Ron O'Neal:

Bummer about the audio! Will have to check out Gordinier's site.
  Wed. 3/18/09 5:35pm Cynnkitty:

thanks for a great show! Smart and entertaining. I'm excited to hear more. kudos!
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