Options The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff: Playlist from April 13, 2009 Options

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Options April 13, 2009: with guest Xeni Jardin

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The Ramones  We Want the Airwaves   Options  
Douglas' Intro     
Psychic TV    Just Like the Arcadia 
Guest Stephen Burke  Real Person Doing Real Things   Options  
Karsh Kale  Realize   Options  
Guest Xeni Jardin     

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Listener comments!

  7:03pm Sean Daily:

First comment! Woo hoo!
  7:04pm Propaganda Anonymous:

Hola Doug. Listening now. Prop!
  7:07pm Sean Daily:

Shut up, you darned commie, and suck from the teat of your capitalist overlord! You're know better to apply that damned... LOGIC to the word of your betters!
  7:16pm Shawn Kittelsen:

It's unfortunate that Doug's fellow Gen X-er, our beloved Prez Obama, seems to have missed—and dismissed—the valuable role psychedelics played in the rise of Internet culture during his web town hall a few weeks ago.
  7:17pm Propaganda Anonymous:

Hi Sean!
  7:20pm David @ The Media Squat:

Hi all. Guest Stephen Burke, our Real Person Doing Real Things guest is coming up. Any questions about local currency? Stephen runs a local music store in Ithica NY called Small World Music.
  7:23pm Sean Daily:

Yes, Dave, a request: Please go slow. I'm still trying to wrap my head around local, as opposed to national, currency.
  7:24pm Shawn Kittelsen:

PTV song request for the next break—"Higher & Higher"
  7:26pm Brian Oregon:

Are local currency transactions taxed like Fed Reserve Note transactions?
  7:27pm VMM:

What are the possible down sides of local currency? They tried it here in Lawrence, KS and it was a real failure. Nobody used it etc..
  7:29pm Brian Oregon:

I'm interested in combining a local currency with a microlending bank. For instance, the bank could loan Fed Notes to people starting a micro business, but require payback to some extent in local currency, so the loan recipient would have to transact to some extent in the local currency. Anything like that in Ithaca?
  7:29pm Legba:

Can you tell us more about the LAwerence, KS experiment?
  7:30pm ?:

I'm not real familiar with it - it occurred before I moved there. I know a city manager introduced it and nobody used it. It was a mostly a matter of people not knowing where to use it, how to get it, how to spread the word that it existed etc..
  7:34pm David @ The Media Squat:

Guest Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing up next!
  7:35pm Brian Oregon:

One strategy to generate use is to produce a newsletter that tells people where they can be used. I think Stephen said they do that in Ithaca and they do it in the Columbia Gorge currency "river hours" in northern Oregon/southern Washington.
  7:37pm VMM:

Sounds like a good idea. I'd love to find a way to reintroduce this. Here's a link for those who are interested on why it failed here: http://www.lawrence.com/news/2003/nov/03/the_real/
  7:42pm Brian Oregon:

David &/or Douglas -- I have been checking the mediasquat forums but don't find anything like ongoing discussions, just random comments with an occasional response. Am I looking in the wrong place?
  7:43pm Legba Carrefour, Media Squat producer:

Hey we're going to roll out more content there in the future. We take bottom up literally. But expect a lot more there soon :-)
  7:47pm Brian Oregon:

For local currency info (including historical examples) and an overview of how banking works, etc., see "Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender" by Thomas Greco. (I've read about half way through.)
  7:48pm David @ The Media Squat:

Brian, there are also ongoing discussions at rushkoff.om, click on forums
  7:49pm VMM:

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check that one out. Same for the forums.
  11:16pm dtgt:

Shawn, neither Rushkoff nor Obama are GenXers. They are both part of Generation Jones--born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Xers. Give it a google; the whole GenJones thang is getting a lot of big-time media play.
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