Patrik Kilpatrick's blog

Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

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Words can be used to communicate ideas between people, to describe things we can't point to.  Words can also be used to separate and manipulate.  This happens in our media all the time.  Remember when the prior administration talked about "spreading democracy"?  

This was a divisive choice of words - some of us think - hooray! spreading democracy! pass the popcorn!  to others, sounds a little like cultural imperialism.

Implicit in this phrase is the assumption that we own democracy.  in a way, in a global sense, we do - the US has the ability to more or less define who has it, who does it, what does it mean.  

In remembrance of independence day, We the People questions our right to use this term - by co-opting it, molding it, dissecting it, refining it, perhaps obliterating it.

Why? because one use for mass media is to help us understand our world.  And some think that an informed populace required for a functioning democracy.  So if you and I can't even agree on the terms, how are we supposed to build this thing together? and maybe when we look at "mob rule" "one man one vote"  who knows, maybe we won't even want it.

We are inviting listeners to write a two paragraph mini-essay answering the following questions:  

What is the definition of democracy?

Does the US measure up?  

We'll read them on the air, and discuss it with our listeners on June 25th for We the People's Independence Day show.

Who's Got A Secret?

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The Bush administration hid behind the state secrets privilege to spy on the American people.

President Obama promised change but recent court battles suggest the threats to our civil liberties will continue.  Will the Obama administration continue to use the privilege of the presidency to hide unconstitutional actions from the public?  

War Crimes & Impunity

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The Rule of Law. 

The idea that the will of the Rulers can be bound by laws. Since the Magna Carta, It's seemed like a pretty good idea.

On Thursday, February 26th at 6pm, We The People will address War Crimes and Impunity. Should the Bush administration be held accountable for possible war crimes?  What is the obligation of the Obama administration to restore the rule of law? 

Jan 22 - From the Inaguration forward - Community Conversation

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Joanne Zuhl interviews Helen Thomas, legendary White House Press Corps bulldog about the responsibility of the Press in the new administration.

And we invite you to call in to join the discussion on how we move forward after the inauguration buzz wears off.

We open a discussion on the most urgent civil liberties issues of the moment.

Shape the discussion beforehand by emailing wtpkboo@gmail.com or join the public discussion on the KBOO website:

www.kboo.fm/wethepeople

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become our fan on Facebook!  We'll update you about upcoming shows and invite you to join the discussion.

 

wisdumb

 

to create is to resist!!! hooray!

Training Materials

I do a bunch of trainings at KBOO.  KBOO's like a school, except it's real and fun.

here's the syllabus for the Basic Digital Editing and File Management skillshare:

 

Beginning Digital Editing (w File Management)

File Management

Login - Open explorer window – locate network resources – find “digital training” folder
View Details -- file types – file size  - make a new folder -associated applications – Open with – Open a sound file in audition

The Audition Screen (no clicking!)

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