For the next few weeks, I'm going to change up formats a bit. As Veracity appears on shelves this coming Tuesday - and there are all sorts of things to be done for that - I'm switching from the written word to the spoken one. So, after a definition of some ubiquitous word from which we've strayed, you'll find a link to a youtube page. That page will contain a five minute radio program called Sound Bite that me and a girlfriend created years ago for local media. Here's a little back story to set the mood.
It was 2004. The Patriot Act had come and passed, taking with it a few of our constitutional rights. I'd just had twin daughters and my friend Christy, a singleton (also a girl). We were tired, frazzled, and feeling the need to do have some kind of immediate effect on the world so we marched down to our local Independent Media Center and learned how to use the recording and editing equipment. We then went out and bought a copy of The Idiot's Guide to the American Government and created seventeen episodes of Sound Bite, a five-minute program designed to inspire educated citizenship. We originally created seventeen but only fourteen Sound Bites made it from Illinois to Virginia. The production quality is grassroots at best and our children often appear on the soundtrack to provide unintentional color. But it's one of my proudest accomplishments and I hope it's something you'll not just learn from, but enjoy.
1 : the quality or state of being free, as in the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
2: a political right.
(and if I may add a 3...)
3: something you can't safeguard if you're not aware of having.