• Offline joy

    Back from two weeks with no computer, in places with mostly no phone signal and no data connection even when there was phone reception, no sign of any supermarkets apart from a small coop in every town, no sight of any newspapers (they were available but why bother with their secondhand reality), and no radio.

    Yes it was in England and it was glorious.

    Glancing through the updates here people have posted some interesting links to seemingly true but disempowering information (eg on various aspects of the state of the biosphere and the politicosphere) - thanks for those. I don't think I'll be writing anything on here again.

    If you want to say something to me either phone me or letter me or come round. The revolution will not be facebooked.

  • Radio 3 Triviality Breakfast

    Hi Feedback,

    I wonder if you could report on the reasons for the recent direction of Three Breakfast. It seems to be drifting towards ever increasing levels of triviality - if I want disc jockeys and chat with music I could listen to Radio 2, and if I want propaganda news and speculation there is Radio 4.

    I used to listen to the Today programme on 4, but a couple of years ago switched to 3 Breakfast for a much better start to the day - however recent changes are really undermining its value and destroying the distinctive character of the station.

  • The News

    The News is all about focusing on the trees and not seeing the wood, and usually focusing on the bark and being unaware of the root, stem, shoot, leaf, bud, flower, fruit who all have a different story to tell.

    The News supports the line of progress, focuses on a small section of time - the instant now - and places it only in a narrative of continuous progress and growth. It does this because it can only see a linear and small scale context.

    The News works to prevent the consumer from seeing that this fragment is a part of a larger narrative arc that is itself merely a segment in an historical cycle.

  • To the Amazon

    I want to buy a book. Its published by the Aurum press and its retail price is £9.99. The author recommends getting it from Word Power Books, an independent online bookstore set up in 1994 as an alternative to the then growing Amazon behemoth. They have the book discounted to £8.49.

    There is also a Kindle edition available which, of course, has to come from Amazon at £4.29, also linked from the author's site. I don't like reading non-fiction, which this book is, on Kindle but whilst considering I notice that Amazon have the physical book for £6.99 - hmmmm. Postage is £2.75, but if I were to spend another £3.01, which I easily could do, then postage would be free - hmmmmm.