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GUEST PRESENTER: ALEXANDER M. DAKE
Thanks to the presidential election, it’s a great
time for political junkies. But for those of you who feel ambushed or left out
in the cold, Paraview’s Alexander Dake is on top of the news. Paraview’s website
has just posted Alex’s wide-ranging interview with Jim Garrison, president of
the State of the World Forum and author of
America as Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power?, and Paraview
Civilization and the Transformation of Power. In the interview, the
two discuss America’s role in the world, and how the U.S. can be a change agent
in these complicated times. Alex is also our guest editor for this month’s Media
Guide, and provides lots of links to resources with alternative,
thought-provoking news coverage.
ALEX'S TRANSFORMING MEDIA PICKS
Although finding transformational media is not always easy, it is
worth looking for. This month, as we are approaching November 2, when the most
powerful nation in the world and in the world’s history will go to the ballot
box, I’d like to draw your attention not only to transformational media but also
to those media that can prepare you for the changes in the weeks to come. Either
the U.S. stays the course or changes tracks.
I’d like to suggest
The Copycat Effect by Paraview’s Loren Coleman. This book describes
how the media unconsciously (I hope) perpetuate the same crimes and tragedies
they continuously put on their front pages, highlight in their feature stories,
and present in their news broadcasts. Another media-oriented book is an updated
The New Media Monopoly by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ben Bagdikian, who
explains how concentrated power in the media is causing its unaccountable
political and cultural influence.
One of my favorite magazines is
The Economist. If you
read this British magazine you will know what most international political and
business leaders do and think. This week it’s about how John Kerry can revive
his campaign, and how Iraq is not getting any safer. Another favorite is
where longtime Republican financier Peter G. Peterson explains that if U.S.
economic policy doesn’t change its course a bankrupt America may result. Another
more enlightened magazine is
Ode. Originally a
Dutch publication, it’s now conquering the world with an English edition. This
month, it presents an intriguing cover article about the organic food business
and how this is no longer a niche business. And then there’s
Utne magazine, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary with interesting articles about how intentions
change the world.
While network television is sliding deeper in its
own swamp of mediocrity and blandness, luckily cable TV offers us more choice.
Three shows stand out for their clarity and entertainment value:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,
with Bill Maher, and
The Al Franken Show.
The latter is actually a radio show but it also airs on
cable TV. All
these shows highlight the alarming situation of America’s media. Think about it:
humorists like Stewart, Maher, and Franken are better able to inform us than all
the network anchors combined. Now, this is something Dan Rather should have
Thanks to the overwhelming power of the Internet,
there are more radio stations you can listen to at any time, anywhere with an
Internet connection. Two very different stations are indispensable for me. First
BBC World Service, a unique example of traditional, high-quality
reporting 24 hours of the day. Then there’s
WBAI, a New York-based radio station that’s part of the Pacifica
Network. It offers a range of diverse, thought-provoking programs, such as the
Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman; the science program
Explorations with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku; investigative
Expert Witness with Michael Levine and Paraview Literary Agent
Kristina Borjesson; and
Natural Living with health guru Gary Null.
A handful of websites are forecasting the outcome of
the upcoming elections.
Polling Report.com gives a summary of mainstream polling results.
At the moment, Bush has a small but clear lead. The
Iowa Political Stock Market lets traders use real money to buy and
sell “shares” of political candidates. In its 15-year history, the Iowa
Political Stock Market has proven more accurate than traditional polling
techniques in predicting U.S. and foreign elections. According to this survey
Bush is powering ahead. Last but not least,
Starlight News brings astrological insights to political events. It
predicts a Kerry win. Let’s see on November 2 who is right: the polling
professionals, the financial guys, or the astrologers.
For those among you who still want to know more, browse the official sites of
George W. Bush and
John Kerry. And if you are still undecided,
Udecide.org should convince you one way or the other.
What’s New at Paraview
Brain Trust: Colm Kelleher reveals the strange origins of and risk
presented by Mad Cow Disease.
Jim Garrison, author of
Civilization and the Transformation of Power, about America as
empire, the state of the world, and the most critical presidential election of
Gods and Goddesses in Love appeared in a recent
New York Times
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