Audio Post on Digitization and Veganism

» August 15th, 2012



Today I have to ask you to be listeners. I spent the entire day in my car, on a road trip, alone–mostly staring out the window at burnt corn crops and weed infested soy plants. Instead of cranking out a post in a state of road–weary fatigue, I chose instead to dump my ideas into my i-phone and upload the files while hopped on caffeine. Dump being the operative word in that sentence. This approach will not, I promise, be a normal option for me. But thanks for your flexibility. If anything, you’ll see why I prefer to write out my ideas rather than speak them. Please listen in the order the files are presented. I apologize if this format causes havoc of one sort or another to your machine, which something tells me it might. In any case, here we go.







11 Responses to Audio Post on Digitization and Veganism

  1. I LOVE it, James. And, you have a wonderful speaking voice. This brings YOU into my computer/animal-rights house space in a whole new and very personal way. Thank you for this very personal and intimate format. :)

  2. Thank you so much for your efforts James, this is indeed a very original and intimate way to communicate with your followers. Please drive safely, the world needs humans like you!

  3. Loved the personal touch, especially for the subject matter. Your charm and modesty really add dimension. Well done. Thank you. More audio on occasion would be very welcome.

  4. Angela Glasser says:

    Thanks James, you became more real (approachable) for me today. I guess this was what you were getting at in your audio post e-mail vs. in-person. This is a good middle ground you may want to explore. I have to admit, it was kind of a relief to hear you stumble a bit and search for words.

  5. CQ says:

    I echo what my fellow commenters have said thus far. It was fun being one of the guinea humans in your experiment, and I hope for more of the same on occasion. LOL!

    Agree with Angela that it was “a relief” to hear that words don’t come tripping off your tongue quite as magically and perfectly as they do your typing fingers. And it was a delight to hear your droll humor when you made a slight muff. For instance, when you said to “strike” the word “simply” and when you told us to “forget it” at the end, I burst out laughing. Am still :-) -ing.

    For those who haven’t heard/seen this, here’s not only the voice of Prof. McWilliams, but also the appearance he made at the first annual “Conscious Eating” conference held last February:

  6. Keith Akers says:

    Digitization does indeed tend to diminish our ability to empathize, but we need to examine both the reasons for this and how to approach these issues.

    (1) Digital communication is new. It took society hundreds of years to adjust to Gutenberg. For our society, it introduces zillions of problems not all of which are immediately apparent.
    (2) The problems digitization introduces are more apparent to the digital immigrants than to the natives. Because the immigrants are sometimes not as adept at the latest bleeding edge technology, this sometimes comes across as technical ineptness, but this isn’t always the case.
    (3) Not only are the effects of digitization unknown, but the medium itself is constantly changing. I haven’t changed my basic digital needs, but I constantly need to upgrade. Increasing complexity in an already-new medium makes it doubly difficult to identify and deal with problems.
    (4) The digital age depends on a highly networked society which is itself in the first stages of collapse due to resource issues. (Veganism needed!) This is bound to affect the grid at some point. In India this happened a while back and huge sections of the country were taken off line. People need to pay more attention to this issue.


  7. Nadine says:

    I liked the audio format especially for this subject. It makes me feel like I am in back in university with my favourite professor.
    I believe digitization does interfere with the ability of humans to connect in a more deep and meaningful way; however, it has also created more avenues of connection. I can connect with family across the country, friends across the ocean and strangers around the world. When I post a link to one of your blog posts or a link to an article about the reality of egg production, I am reaching a wide audience and introducing a vegan perspective to their consciousness. Veganism’s success depends on the elevation of human consciousness and such elevation tends to happen incrementally through the permeation of ideas into an individual’s conscious field.
    The digital format also gives us exposure as we are now reaching many people who previously never heard of veganism or would ever be exposed to it.
    Perhaps the failing though is the message ending up watered down or lost in the chaos of the internet.

    • Angela Glasser says:

      Nadine, I LOVE that sentence. “Veganism’s success depends on the elevation of human consciousness and such elevation tends to happen incrementally through the permeation of ideas into an individual’s conscious field”. I totally agree with your comments. Thank you!

  8. Bea Elliott says:

    This audio format works great for me… I often do more listening than reading while at my pc — Dividing my attention with something else that might be more mundane but necessary to do.

    As far as adding digitized methods and new technology to animal advocacy – It’s inevitable! I also have a theory that at least 75% of us are here (and vegan) because of something we saw or read on the web. In a way it should revolutionize outreach efforts. But as you said on your audio… Animal ag also uses these methods as well. Although having to lie between their teeth (ha, ha) I don’t think they sound as sincere or as convincing as our champions do!

    Thanks for sharing your voice and thoughts in a more personal way – The listening was very easy.

  9. Ellie Maldonado says:

    Audio works great for me too, James!

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