Are the snowflakes melting into Gen-Zed?

FOR THOSE PEOPLE despairing of the millennial generation and their demands for safe spaces and trigger warnings, and their blue-haired, social justice snowflakery there are glimmers of hope that things are changing for the better. Behold Generation Z (zed to us in Blighty, zee to our friends across the Atlantic).

Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2010 (roughly), are, according to various sources, including Jeff Brauer of Keystone College, socially liberal but more conservative in terms of security and economics than their predecessors. They are also the first generation who are true digital natives, in that they have no experience of a time when there was no internet. The upshot of this is that they are wired (as us oldies still say) and used to getting their information from the net rather than from the mainstream media.

 

Read on at The Fortnightly Review.

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The Loop – a new edition is now playing at Radio Wildfire

There’s a new version of The Loop now playing on Radio Wildfire with another selection of tracks uploaded to the ‘Submit’ page of our website and sent to us on cd by writers, artists, musicians and listeners around the world.

Listen to tracks from:
Brendan Gallagher, Albarz, Dwane Reads, Michael Clifton, Jonathan Taylor, Bissecta de Kinsame, Ronald Jones, Kim Cayer, Superbard, Sara Clark, Bunbury Banter Theatre Co, Maneli Jamal, Ben Macnair, Stephen Mead, Christopher Templeton, and Chris Hoskins.
Spoken word, stories, excellent musical interludes and not a chocolate egg in sight.

So join us and listen by going to http://www.radiowildfire.com and clicking on The Loop – and see the full playlist on the website.

We’ll be transmitting our live show as usual at 8.00pm on Monday 4th April with a full programme of pre-recorded tracks, guest interviews and conversation and, as usual, we’ll be sending out details of the show in advance.

(And don’t forget, you can upload soundfiles of your own work to the ‘Submit’ page of the Radio Wildfire website. Mp3s are our preferred format. You can also ensure you always get reminders of upcoming shows on Radio Wildfire by following us on Twitter @radiowildfire or by visiting us at facebook.com/radiowildfire)

The Loop is curated by Vaughn Reeves and plays online continuously except during our live broadcasts.

We hope you enjoy it.
Best wishes from the folk at Radio Wildfire.

WHAT IS RADIO WILDFIRE?
Radio Wildfire is an independent online radio station which blends spoken word, poetry, performance literature, comedy, storytelling, short stories and more with a novel selection of word/music fusion and an eclectic mix of musical styles. http://www.radiowildfire.com currently broadcasts live 8.00-10.00pm (UK time) on the first Monday of every month.

Spain taxes Google News. Google say adios. Spain says, Oh no, come back!

Spanish newspapers are now asking Google News not to leave the country.

The Spanish Newspapers Publishers’ Association (AEDE) has called on the Spain government and European competition authorities to stop Google shutting its operation down there, the Spain Report says.

It’s a huge U-turn for AEDA because the media lobbying group was pivotal in getting a new law introduced in Spain that would have required Google to pay newspapers if it linked to them. That legislation caused Google to announce on Wednesday that it would be jumping ship.

Source: Business Insider UK.

This is what you get when idiot politicians combine with short-sighted big business.

Wasting Time on the Internet with Kenneth Goldsmith #kennethgoldsmith

I used to wake up at eight pm
I’ve slept thirty six hours straight before
I wake up I turn on the news
and it was Sunday and I was like
what the fuck this is fucking crazy
what the hell happened to Saturday
and I go downstairs and I’m like
hey dad is this Sunday and he goes
no shit it’s fucking Sunday
and I’m like wait and you didn’t
wake me up and he goes I thought
you were gonna get up by yourself
and I’m like oh fuck and I’ve just slept
thirty six hours

New Loop on Radio Wildfire (18 July 14).

There’s a brand new selection of tracks now playing in The Loop on Radio Wildfire – playing 24/7, a selection of stories, satires, poetry, spoken word, music and interview @ http://www.radiowildfire.com – another continuous Loop of live literature and chat.

There’s Words with music and soundscape from Lee Foust, Florence; Andrew Barnes, UK; Mark Goodwin, UK; and from David Michael Jackson, USA, and his Artvilla recording label featuring a poem by Janet Kuypers, vocals by Esteban Colon.

Unaccompanied poems packed with emotion and beautiful imagery from Sharon Ashton

An interview with Michael Myshack talking about his blog for all things connected with poetry and sound Poetry and Other Sounds, a place for the spoken word poetry community to gather and discuss.

This month the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company give us a haunting story of obsession, and the past coming back to confront us, in The Gentlemen’s Agreement by Jonathan Bridle.

… and there are tracks recorded live at this year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival, including an extract from J.O.Morgan’s contemporary riff on an epic Old English poem At Maldon, a superb feat of fireside storytelling weaving modern imagery with a historic tale of warfare;

… and the dawn reading which rounded off Ledbury Poetry Festival’s all-night Insomnia poetry workshop held outdoors in the grounds of Hellens manor.

… plus, from the Radio Wildfire Archive a song from Alex Vann and a satirical look at the Farming Diary from Tony Judge.

So join us and listen by going to http://www.radiowildfire.com and clicking on The Loop

(And don’t forget, you can upload soundfiles of your own work to the ‘Submit’ page of the Radio Wildfire website. Mp3s are our preferred format. You can also ensure you always get reminders of upcoming shows on Radio Wildfire by following us on Twitter.)

The Loop is curated by Vaughn Reeves and plays online continuously except during our live broadcast on Monday 4th August 2014 starting at 8.00pm UK time with a full programme of pre-recorded tracks, live studio guests and conversation.

We hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes from the folk at Radio Wildfire.

WHAT IS RADIO WILDFIRE?

Radio Wildfire is an independent online radio station which blends spoken word, poetry, performance literature, comedy, storytelling, short stories and more with a novel selection of word/music fusion and an eclectic mix of musical styles. http://www.radiowildfire.com currently broadcasts live 8.00-10.00pm (UK time) on the first Monday of every month.

Free online poetry course (How Writers Write Poetry).

The Course

How Writers Write Poetry, a six-week course beginning on June 28, 2014, is an interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips. The course will be taught by University of Iowa International Writing Program Director and poet/translator Christopher Merrill as well as Black Rainbow Editions Editor and poet Mary Hickman. Contributing poets’ video talks will be contextualized through online discussion and writing assignments. The Poetry Teaching Assistants (all Iowa Writers’ Workshop students or graduates with university level experience teaching creative writing) will join Mary Hickman in offering online poetry workshops to participants. (Please note: we can’t workshop everyone, but we will workshop a representative selection of participants’ work every week.) Poets who have contributed video craft talks for the course include former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Kwame Dawes, Marvin Bell, Kiki Petrosino, Kate Greenstreet, and many others. How Writers Write Poetry will offer a diversity of answers to the question of how a writer develops and refines the lifelong practice of his or her craft. Enrollment in How Writers Write Poetry is free and unlimited.

Source/go to: How Writers Write Poetry.