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radio everywhere

not to mention springsteen references. i have been doing a passel of radio lately, including The Book Show on Radio National, a delightful long interview on The Guestroom in the NT where i got to pick the songs, being squeezed into a spunky all-female panel on ABC VIC’s Conversation Hour, and a quick spot on Aural Text on 3RRR (look for their podcast).

I like radio. I like the headphones and the intimacy of it and the little red button marked “cough.” I also like the sound of my own voice, which in most other jobs is annoying but in this one really helps. oddly enough i have never liked talking on the phone and will go out of my way to avoid it. maybe i need a fake old-timey radio setup – a studio-sized iphone dock (that’s the phone i have on order to replace the stickytapephone, a squealy, echoey shell of its former advanced technological self). then i could just walk into the booth and plug myself in*.

yes, some part of me wishes i was sherwin sleeves.

speaking of wonderful radio, i was recently listening to the interesting (though flippantly named) Mike Daisey talking about Chinese working conditions including the building of my soon-to-be-new phone – was shocked by the fact that LEDs are handmade, often by child labour. How ubiquitous the screen has become. The monologue brought home for me the way that the West’s fear of China’s development is really a fear of losing our cheap manufacturing. and by cheap, i mean life.

something to think about while you’re drooling over the latest ithing. i am lucky that i get to be interested in such political absurdities with a view to writing about them, rather than throwing up my hands and feeling helpless.

*my next post will be a new podcast. promise.

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5 Comments

  1. genevieve wrote:

    Amen to comments on iphonia. There was quite a good article in Wired recently – have read most of it, posted it a day ago I think.
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_joelinchina/all/1

    Still not sure if I want a recycled Mac though.
    The scary thing about this article is that most of the motherboards in teh world come from Foxconn. I tend to feel helpless when watching the crowds in suburban electrical stores…circling, circling for best deals.

    What was the stickytapephone? – sounds delightful.
    And congrats on the newie – it is engrossing. May get some friend-reader notes (can’t ‘review’ because I talk to you too much!) up at some time on mah blog.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  2. jenjen wrote:

    ta for the link. you should have seen the apple store in Sanlitun in Beijing when the ipad came out there – there was so much demand in china that most of the products were getting bought out by resellers. they had to hire extra security to monitor. tech inequality could incite some serious social problems.

    glad to hear you’re enjoying Gone!

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  3. genevieve wrote:

    I am pleased to report that I was in SHoppo (sorry that’s Doncaster Shoppingtown to people out of town) the other morning and passed the Apple shop and all the hip young salespeeps had little to do at 9.30ish.
    However that is not the case later in the day, oh no no no.

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  4. jenjen wrote:

    i am imagining them all grooming their fringes in the reflective surfaces of their ipads 2

    Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  5. isabel wrote:

    Jen……good luck with the launch on Friday
    Still don’t have the book but will do soon.
    writing this note here as I don’t think my
    little twitter message thingo worked earlier

    Ciao Isa

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink


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