This week Russell gives part one of an overview of pop culture mediums and processes, including the news media, the music industry, technology and delivery systems and our consumption patterns. There’s also a righteous rant against the Murdoch media, and Rupert himself in particular, and Russell talks up Rutger Bregman’s Utopia For Realists and the Asianpop genre, with special love for local radio station SBS Popasia. When will retail chain J&B Hifi ever stock more Asianpop than just a couple of BTS singles, is our consumption of virtual media taking over from hard media, and in the future will we get our pop culture via a digital chip in our heads?
Russell’s Best Albums of the Decade:
- Black Star, David Bowie
- Here, Teenage Fanclub
- Hydra, Within Temptation
- Songs To Play, Robert Forster
- Not Music, Stereolab
- Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes
- Head First, Goldfrapp
- Brothers (Turn Blue?), The Black Keys
- Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
- Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stoneage
- Future Pop, Perfume
- 50 Words For Snow, Kate Bush
- Native Invader, Tori Amos
- Camp Cope, Camp Cope
- Americana – Ray Davies
- Spirits of the Western Sky – Justin Hayward
- Man Out of Time – Broderick Smith
- Sacred – The Obsessed
This podcast includes reading from the following books:
Utopia For Realists, by Rutger Bregman, Bloomsbury Paperback, Great Britain, 2018
Sociology, by Robert van Krieken et al, Pearson Australia Group, Australia, 2015
Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu, John H McDonald (translator), Arcturus Publishing Limited, London, 2019
Here are some quotes featured in the podcast:
- One way we may be consuming our future pop culture will be directly through a digital chip in our heads.
- The way we experience news it’s almost always MSM first, because they’re the ones with the finances and resources to throw it at you.
- It’s difficult to be bipartisan about news media because it tends to split into various factions, various ideologies. MSM leans towards the conservative side of thought and ideology. Favours corporate vision of society.
- We should do our news media consciously rather then unconsciously, be active rather than passive.
- Take note when people behind the media decide to control our language, because the language is important. So many buzz words, so many weasel words, and it’s good to call them out.
- Does Rupert Murdoch actually believe he’s doing the world some good the way he disseminates his News Corp rubbish? Does he really believe that the free market system is the best way to go and that everything will trickle down to our benefit? Or is he much more cynical than that, does he not care, just as long as he’s making more money and getting more powerful, because we’re too lazy and shiftless to be bothered with?
- Music is life, and therefore we should all be enjoying it until our deaths. It’s not just a hobby we only play with when family responsibilities don’t get in the way, but an obsession. It gives so much, it’s like literature and art, it will keep you in good steed for years and years.
- Go beyond what you usually listen to. Try out new genres, new styles, new artists. Don’t reject them on first listen, because you need to work at music to gain appreciation of the qualities that are there.