Thursday, April 28, 2011

Peasant of the Dawn

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 18 -- April 28, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #165, May 3, 2011

Peasant of the Dawn

In brief

Nice audiocollage by Virtual Renderings, introduced & slightly condensed by me. It's a meditation on class warfare, the ruling elite's dislike of democracy, American exceptionalism, economic inequality, mind control, and the prescience of George Orwell.

Voices heard belong to Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Noam Chomsky, historian Morris Berman, and Ken Nordine (himself a master of audiocollage), among others. Includes dramatic readings from Orwell's 1984. Don't miss the mashup satiric duet featuring Harry Shearer and Barack H. Obama ("Yes, We Can ... But").

Above: Historian Morris Berman. Below: Harry Shearer. When he's not mashing up duets with Obama, he's supplying the voices of a dozen Simpsons characters, Among them Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner.

Notes, credits, & links

Thanks to Virtual Renderings/Chazk for a large body of very good audio.

You can download without charge (or listen online to) dozens of Virtual Rendering's audiocollages. Here is a listing: . Click on any listed item for more information & download links. The uncut version of "Peasant of the Dawn" is here:

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