News and reflections as usual, and we near the end of our current topic; this week wrapping up our look at discriminatory language and its place in a Free Speech society.
We begin by detailing our recent exploits before reflecting upon and updating previous show’s news items. We then bid a hearty “In the Morning!” and welcome our new No Agenda listeners, and quickly recap who we are and what the show’s about. In news, we look at electronic ‘super shoes’ which help you navigate and ‘lead’ you to new places to visit, before looking at an entirely different form of navigation – a Kickstarter project in which children perform rudimentary surgery on live cockroaches and then remotely control their movements with a mobile phone. This apparent animal cruelty prompts a response from PETA, so we take a look at the numbers of animals ‘euthanized’ by their organisation.
Morgan receives a leaflet from the BNP promising to ban what they see as the “threatening and offensive” burkha, which prompts a discussion on what clothing items we’d like to see banned. Randomly, Morgan appears to reveal a penchant for cross-dressing. He claims it was for a friend’s hen party, any excuse ;) We then conclude our look at discriminatory language, again focussing on racism, and ask whether using racist language makes you a racist. We look at the Princes, Harry and Charles, and their comments, which unfortunately prompts NotMorgan to do another bad accent. We look at racist language being used to offend, or being used in a ‘70s managerial style’ way, by non-racists, and examine the not-so-wise declarations of football manager, Ron Atkinson. Morgan then looks at the 2011 riots in London, reporting on statistics that show a higher proportion of blacks rioting than whites. Under-reported by the media at the time, possibly for fear of encouraging racist attitudes, we look at the role of ‘good journalists’ who should report the truth – in doing so, they could have aired the genuine grievances of the black community and helped us get to the bottom of what was the real impetus behind that unrest.
Morgan closes with value for value and introduces our creative commons outtro track. Thank you for listening – please let us know your thoughts, we welcome any feedback.
The ‘RoboRoach’ Kickstarter campaign
WARNING: The following link contains a video which may upset some people:
Engadget: ‘Roboroach’ (beta) surgery instructions/video
BBC News: Row over ‘RoboRoach’
PETA’s reporting on ‘RoboRoach’
WARNING: The following link contains images of dead animals which may upset some people:
Huffington Post: Nathan J Winograd’s blog on PETA euthanizing animals
Books mentioned in the show:
‘Primary Perception – Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods and Human Cells’ by Cleve Backster.
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