Ownership Society

I’ve been listening to KCRW today, and more importantly to their fund drive. The last pitch they delivered was to “take control” of “your station” which entails, of course, giving them money and then not paying attention to what they do with it.

Oh yeah I feel the power of ownership there, baby!

Public radio personalities will say anything and everything during fund drives, so one oughtn’t read too much into this… but they’ve repeated variations on the same argument all morning. KCRW is member-supported, not member-run. I gave them money last year and it most certainly did not bring me the chance to vote for an additional transmitter in Altadena or a statutory limit on the amount of Air that can be played in a week (I like Air, but really!) or even station board members a la the Pacifica model.

I hate seeing people innocently suggest that opening one’s wallet is the same thing as being active and creative and in control of the universe. Stupid capitalism.


  1. denisdekat wrote:

    Ownership society benefits those who own most.
    That said, try to not get too upset at the Public Stations, they are the only Bastions of culture left ont he air waves really. The Classical stations Ihear on radio tend to be valium like and iuntended for stressed out workers. I like to listen to interesting music, and public stations are the only hope…

  2. yami wrote:

    Hey, I likes me my classical valium on the drive home! If only they wouldn’t play so much Mozart… but all the other public stations do news then so there’s not much choice.

  3. des von bladet wrote:

    (D’oh! Now that there are comments I have discovered that it is only Konqueror (my browser of choice or preference) which 500s every time.)
    The BBC’s radio output is funded by the TV license feee, which I do not pay. Bargain!

  4. yami wrote:

    Oh dear! I certainly don’t wish to meddle with your browser preference. Are there settings on it to change, so it starts sending a referrer instead of a blank string? I have a complete software overhaul in the offing, including better (or at least different) anti-comment-spam measures, but its onning is still a ways off.
    It’s looking less likely that I’ll move far enough north to mooch off Canadian taxpayers’ radio, sigh.

  5. des von bladet wrote:

    No relevant ones that I’m aware of. Not only did it used to work at the Gabbro, though, it also works everywhere else…
    Did you change a something?

  6. yami wrote:

    For what length of “used to”? I ordered Apache not to allow anyone to access the comment script without a referrer in November. AFAIK this isn’t a widely-adopted trick; it was superbly effective for a couple months but is becoming less so.
    Your referrer shows up as “unknown” on th’ sitemeter so this is almost certainly the problem. Hmm.

  7. denisdekat wrote:

    I love Mozart, he was brilliant I guess that is ok, classical valium. I listen to classical because with out it, as someone once said, life would be a mistake. Try Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, with Richter. There are little recordings like this…

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