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The Earth Day Edition

Robert Hunziker“How many people wait with bated breath for Earth Day to arrive in April of each year? Who knows, but taking a wild guess, probably nobody. Earth Day kinda died out along with the fade-out of the counter-culture of the sixties and seventies. Today, they’re all grandparents and Earth Day has dissipated”. Wrote freelance writer and environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker in a recent edition of Dissident Voice. Mr. Hunziker goes onto say, “Imagine what could of / would have been if only global warming had been the issue of the day in 1968. The likely answer is: Major legislation, including a national directive to convert to renewable energy sources ASAP, setting a D-Day for rejection of fossil fuels. Back then, the streets of Washington, D.C. would have been so filled with so much outrage that Congressional members would have required hours to wade through the mass of people to their offices”. His thought-provoking article, prompted Norman B to invite Robert Hunziker onto Life Elsewhere to explain why he believes we should Ban Earth Day”.


“Greening the Media”
 
a book by Toby Miller and Richard Maxwellexamines important questions such as the media’s complicity in environmental pollution, illustrating how information technology contributes to the global ecological crisis and hot-button issues such as global warming, cellphone safety, and technological waste. Miller and Maxwell like Robert Hunziker are also concerned about what Earth Day means, so they co-authored an article for Psychology Today, titled “The Toby MillerProblem With Earth Day”. Professor Toby Miller is an interdisciplinary social scientist, the author and editor of over 30 books who has published essays in more than 100 journals. He joins the Life Elsewhere conversation to discuss his original and for some, controversial ideas.

As always at Life Elsewhere, we format the incidental music to align with the topics. This week we included music specifically fitting for Earth Day, including: The YardbirdsThe Shape Of ThingsDeep ForestForest HymnRadioheadIdioteque and Marvin GayeMercy Mercy Me (The Ecology). This week’s Hit That Never Was also has an Earth Day reference with Rise by Samantha James.

     

The Word Of The Year 2013

Dangerous Selfie

Selfie!

Oxford Dictionaries announced Selfie as their international Word of the Year, 2013! The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Research by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since 2012. Selfie can be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an online forum. The word gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013 as it evolved from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph. Its linguistic productivity is already evident in the creation of numerous related spin-off terms showcasing particular parts of the body like helfie (a picture of one’s hair) and belfie (a picture of one’s posterior); a particular activity – welfie (workout selfie) and drelfie (drunken selfie), and even items of furniture – shelfie and bookshelfie. For Life Elsewhere‘s selfie edition, we talk with psychoanalyst, Dr Kenneth Eisold, who has written about the word and what it means in Psychology Today. Jessica Misener, a writer at BuzzFeed explains the “23 Most Important Selfies of 2013” and talented young graphic designer, Kyle Warfield discusses his amazing gif made from shooting daily selfies for a year. All this plus the Hit That Never Was featuring Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen.

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