Do you live in a nation that has disinformed citizens since it’s start? Dr. bird’s eye view is a short podcast series where Dr. Bernadette “bird” Bowen discusses how people have been and continue to be miseducated, causing us to hurt ourselves (and each other) in confusion. She explores how dominant ideas of who and what is “normal” have always been narrow and harmful. You don’t have to have any degrees to do what they do. Everyone has a perspective to tell that can enhance and/or reveal our understanding of the world. On one hand, more people have started righteously challenging the many inequities that (mostly) old dead White cismen deliberately built into foundations as features. To this day, their founding logics and practices poison our livelihoods. On the other, we have gained skepticism and lost significant faith in "expert" knowledge and recommendations, instead favoring the most charismatic sounding — anybody — found online. Everything is connected. We only know what we know. Anything becomes normal in repetition.
What Makes Someone an Authority?
Dr. bird (she/they/Dr.) continues thought threads from E1: "How We Learn" and E2: "Humans as Media," discussing their critical media ecological view on why the definition and practice of "Authority" was flawed (by design) from the start.
An info dump on how concepts of "authority" have been colonially-founded and capitalist-funded, sickening, disabling, and killing us -- Long -- before the post Roe v Wade, present-COVID U.S. envirusment.
The first Triple A of the COVID-19 Era
Academic: Kendi Stamped from the Beginning; Haskins The Rise of Universities; Aristotle Whatever LOL / Plato The Phaedrus; Sharma In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (https://www.dukeupress.edu/in-the-meantime); Sharma Exit and the Extensions of Man (https://archive.transmediale.de/content/exit-and-the-extensions-of-man); Hochchild work on the "second shift"; Noble Algorithms of Oppression; Benjamin Race After Technology [for more, See Also: Bowen That's Miss[ed] Diagnosis to You, Sir (http://mediacommons.org/imr/content/thats-missed-diagnosis-you-sir-mediated-grieving-over-neurodivergent-gender-gap); Bowen Mother as Calendar (https://bbirdbphd.substack.com/p/mother-as-calendar); Christian The Most Human Human; Sharma & Singh's editted collection ReUnderstanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan]
Activism: Spender Invisible Women: The Schooling Scandal, arguably every form of activism that has ever challenged pre-existed authorities but were, at best, overshadowed, erased completely, or at worst systematically eliminated (assassinations etc.) [See Also: Bowers, Ochs, and Jensens Rhetoric of Agitation and Control]
Art: any and all face threatingly mediated revelations about authority revealed through the bot written script trend; Chat GPT; AI art generators (DALLE2) etc.
Humans as Media
Dr. bird (she/they/Dr.) begins discussing their critical media ecological work on "humans as media".
Unpacking some basics of the colonially-founded, capitalist-funded, ongoing-Present-COVID-19 denying, anti-intellectual, U.S. envirusment as a Christmas Eve gift.
The first Triple A of the COVID-19 Era
Academic: Bowen humans as media; Weber rationality into irrationality; Ritzer McDonaldization; Artz neoliberalism; Dr. Sharma & Singh ReUnderstanding Media; Towns Black Media Philosophy
Activism: standpoint theory, arguably every form of activism that has ever existed arguing that our lived experiences inform us as embodied forms of knowledge
Art: forthcoming poetic inquiry article entitled "Requirement Politics" (open access)
(Google also: Dowd's suggestion in Educational Ecologies for a critical media ecology)
How Do We Learn?
Unpacking: “Do you live in a nation that has disinformed citizens since it’s start?”
Reminders: You don’t have to have any degrees to do what I do. Everyone has a perspective to tell that can enhance and/or reveal our understanding of the world. Everything is connected. We only know what we know. Everything becomes normal in repetition.
Breakdown: In this episode I will be describing some communication basics from my Dr. bird’s eye view. Specifically, the ways I’ve learned about how we all come to learn about ourselves, each other, and everything else. While you listen, I invite you to recollect on your own lived experiences. Consider how and where you learned about how the world is, what you’re capable of, and potentials of what can (or cannot) happen in the future...
There is no shame in admitting we have been miseducated. And when we learn better, we can begin to do better. Everyone deserves better than this harmful world that was built long before any of us were born. After this discussion, I introduce the basic format for remaining episodes: the critical media ecological AAA of the present-COVID-19 and monkeypox context.
Dr. bird’s eye view explains how everything is connected, we only know what we know, and anything becomes normal in repetition. Full episodes coming very soon.
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