My spies in Memphis tell me that there is no longer news radio on FM during the day. Okay, I don’t actually have spies (though, wouldn’t it be cool if I did?). Shannon told me*.
We were talking about this at the progressive thing (the Tennessee Alliance for Progressives All Get Pissed at Mack For Shooting off His Big Mouth meeting or TAPAGPAMFSOHBM, for short), how we own the airwaves, as citizens of the United States, they’re part of our collective** holdings.
And yet, not only don’t we have the ability to access and use the airwaves how we’d like, we can’t count on anyone to provide us with stuff we need–like the news–if it doesn’t fit their profit expectations. And we can’t count on our public officials to act in our best interests and to protect our public property (see the AT&T debacle).
What options do we have, then?
America, I’m sorry to tell you this, but we must return to Pump Up the Volume. We must make peace with being a nation of hackers and pirates. There are worse things. But, I think, we must stop playing nice with giant corporations that don’t play nice with us.
That is why, I must say, I am deeply tickled to discover that one can can convert one’s iPod into a pirate radio station.
*Memphibians, you can write here to complain.
**Let us all pause and wait for someone to go check on Exador, who is probably horrified at the idea that he owns anything in common with anyone except his wife. Is he choking for real or just gasping in outrage?