NSP022 – Stories the Media Tell Us

Angus McAlpine recently ran as a Greens candidate for the seat of Footscray, using the campaign slogan “Put a Plumber in Parliament”.

His campaign was derailed when the media discovered he had been a rapper in a past incarnation and had created some hip-hop tracks featuring lyrics that contained potential references to date rape and violence against women.

Now, we all know the media has a tendency to sensationalise stories for ratings, but this was a rare opportunity to investigate a real-life example of media duplicity, and find out exactly how far from the truth the media is willing to stray.

Today I sit down with Angus and get his side of the story, and discuss the real-life impacts of stories the mainstream media tells.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmM8rE_LdFA
Grhyme Productions on Bandcamp: https://grhymeproductions.bandcamp.com/

News stories on Angus’ campaign:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-14/more-video-of-rapping-greens-candidate-emerges/10496640
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/greens-candidate-exposed-as-rapper-called-fatgut-who-wrote-about-date-raping-women-and-hurting-his-girlfriend/ar-BBPE15z
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-13/victorian-greens-stand-by-footscray-and-sandringham-candidates/10494022
http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/footscray-greens-candidate-apologises-sexist-hip-hop-past/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-12/victorian-election-greens-woes-not-due-to-preference-deals-alone/10612276
https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/9wxh02/greens_defend_rapping_candidate_angus_mcalpine/

NSP021 – Telling Stories Through Character

Adem Koci is host of the Podasta Non Grata podcast, which got my attention when he did an entire episode in the style of an elaborate old fashioned “radio hour” programme, performing the entire show in the character of an elderly gentleman called Gerald Twint.

In this episode, I speak to Adem about why we tell stories as characters, how they can function as shields against criticism, and whether it’s possible to create so many characters, you lose track of yourself in the process.

You can find Adem’s amazing podcast at: https://www.spreaker.com/show/podcasta-non-grata_1

Links to the episodes we discuss on the show:

The Gerald Twint Radio Style Programme: https://www.spreaker.com/user/ademk/the-gerald-twint-radio-style-programme
52_A dog named “Voldemort”?: https://www.spreaker.com/user/ademk/52-a-dog-named-voldemort
The Truth About Harv – A Channel Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-L4uSgCvxc
Watchmen – A Popcorn Lobotomy Scathing Reveiw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Qksvp2C7Y

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBRlxs0q2QY

NSP020 – Why We Must Share Our Stories

Doug Wilson is an international marathon runner, Kundalini Yoga practitioner, brain tumour survivor, and now author of the book “Kundalini Running”.

He has overcome substance abuse and severe health issues to achieve feats of physical fitness that most of us can barely imagine.

Today, we welcome Doug to the podcast to share his incredible story.

You can find Doug’s work at: kundalinirunning.com

NSP018-2 – Christmas is just a story

Christmas can be a difficult time for many.

In this bonus episode we put our eggnog glasses down for a moment to reflect on the stories that lead such a supposedly joyous occasion to be a depressing nightmare for many.

Experts warn of Christmas suicide risk: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-12-18/experts-warn-of-christmas-suicide-risk/1183336
Is Suicide More Common At Christmas Time? https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/hide-and-seek/201212/is-suicide-more-common-christmas-time
Snopes – Christmas Suicides: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/unhappy-holidays/
Suicidal Ideation: 19 Words to Watch out For: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/lifetime-connections/201806/suicidal-ideation-19-words-watch-out

NSP018 – Story is the Meaning of Life

The intention of this episode was to review and reflect upon the topics we’ve discussed on Narratively Speaking, and perhaps revisit our central premise.

I had it all planned out, but then story happened, and life made different decisions. The best laid plans and all that.

So fuck it. No clips, no research, no plan. Are you up for a story?

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX-Ec6Tmh-s

NSP017 – The Story Jim Carrey is Telling Us

Jim Carrey has been in the media in the past few years seemingly wavering between depressed, confused and completely insane. But is he crazy, or is he undergoing a spiritual transformation that we just don’t yet understand?

Today is the first in a new series on Narratively Speaking where we examine public figures and the stories they tell.

Intro clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4AmLcBLZWY
Jim Carrey speaks about autism on Larry King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-SCdjDOrA
Jim Carrey on the red carpet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JmNKGfFj7w
Jim Carrey’s message to Emma Stone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNrkcY-I0RA
Jim Carrey Is An Asshole Method Actor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82rKQXEG7bQ
Jim Carrey exposing the Luminutty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG9i7d8yfKQ
What really exists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TucyzpHDNlE
Jim Carrey explains red carpet comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEm1TFfRCUE
Jim Carrey on his dad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8XJenmURY


NSP016 – The Stories They Tell Us About Big Brother

Years ago conspiracy theorists told us we were being watched, monitored and spied on, with all our communication being catalogued into a massive surveillance database.

Then Edward Snowden came along and told us the conspiracy theorists were right! Who would have thunk it?

But, true or not, how does this story of the Orwellian “Surveillance State” affect us, and how does it function to modify our behaviour as a society?

Let’s dig in!

Scene from Cat’s Eye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxy3lP-mH3Y
Before There Was Snowden: https://www.whistleblowersecurity.com/before-there-was-snowden-the-other-whistleblowers-who-came-forward/
Global surveillance whistleblowers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_surveillance_whistleblowers
Bentham, Foucault and the Penopticon | Philosophy Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHRPzp09Kqc
Veritassium on Learned Helplessness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMPzDiraNnA
Learned Optimism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hHNq45rEnU

NSP015 – Stories That Sustain The Empire

Western civilisation exhibits many characteristics of your average, garden variety evil empire.

But how did we get here? And what stories keep us complicit in a system that we would probably find abhorrent if we truly faced its underlying reality? Is it all a big inter-generational conspiracy or something more systemic? Perhaps plain old human nature?

Let’s muddle our way through some unqualified and ill-conceived thoughts on the topic, shall we?

God Bless America – Frank’s Rant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJaLrINeZPc
Parallels between Rome and the US: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCvyg679bsg
Russel Brand and Yuval Noah Harari on Power: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta4U8G03q98
Johan Galtung on the end of the US Empire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfcoNlhxRow
Richard Wolff on the coming collapse of the US Economic System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60FrsWm9OAc
7 Stages of an Empire in Decline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Gc1bv-Mj4

NSP014 – The Stories We’re Told As Children

The younger we are, the more the stories we are told affect us. So the stories we are told as children are the ones we’ll repeat and propagate in later life.

It seems like these inter-generational cycles of violence and abuse are everywhere, but what of the more subtle traumas we’re subjected to in childhood?

In this episode, let’s discuss the various ways families inevitably fuck each other up!

Good Will Hunting clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQht2yOX9Js
Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk on the far-reaching effects of trauma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk
Why you can’t remember childhood trauma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFqj-2HjUDI
The Mind of Jake Paul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bpkr91p2xY&list=PLDs0tNoNYTz1P3dO8m5Wdv0WE2lPTQSJm
Self Esteem in Children: https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/behaviour/understanding-behaviour/about-self-esteem