If you heard IP Podcast Season 2 / Episode 7 you heard me talk about the Pro Set MusiCards I found at my local record store. Inside each package is an insert card that encourages you to send in your name and address and in return they’ll send you the “Pro Set Gazette” — a catalog featuring checklists, merchandise, and other great contests. The date on the back of this card is 1991, so we’ll see if I can get my free catalog 23 years later.
Also as you can see, I didn’t win the Rock ‘N Roll Trip to London.
If you’re like me, you enjoy hanging out at thrift stores, junk stores, and other off-beat places of business not because you want to re-create all your Macklemore clothing fantasies, but because you love old weird history and junk and thrift stores are about as close as you’re ever going to get to an archeological dig.
One of the things I like the most at these kinds of stores is old magazines. Anything 20+ years old is usually a treasure trove of weird advertising, dated references, and of course, awful tacky fashion. Speaking of advertising, in many magazines there are often ads that say something along the lines of, “Simply send in this form with $1.00 and we’ll send you your beginners guide to selling shoes from home!” I’ve often wondered–what happens if I sent in that form dollar 20, 30, 40+ years later? Would the company still be in business? Would I get a response? Would I get my beginners guide? Let’s find out.
1) Advertisement must be at least 20-years old (older is better)
2) No companies I know are still in business and doing fine (for instance, I wouldn’t send anything to Microsoft)
2a) Unless it’s particularly funny–for example a mail in ad for a demo disk for Microsoft Windows 2.1
3) Must comply with all stated requirements of the ad. Sending money, SASE, filling out a form, etc.
4) I will start every letter with, “I know I’m a little late, but…”
On October 15, 2004 Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, appeared on the CNN television show Crossfire and proceeded to berate the two hosts, CNN as a network, and the 24-hour news cycle in general. He critiqued that shouting talking points at each other under the guise of “discussion” was hurting America and how the network has a responsibility to the viewership to promote a more civil and lofty discourse. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. It’s awesome.
Three months later Crossfire was canceled and Jon Stewart’s appearance on the show was cited by both CNN network execs and other industry insiders one of, if not the only, reason for ending the show. The show stayed dead until earlier this year when it returned with new hosts, but predictably with the same mindless horseshit.
If you missed it, the other night featured guest Bill Nye the Science Guy discussing climate change in light of a new government report on climate change and its current and past impacts on America. Instead of asking Nye about the report or even bringing up a counterpoint form climate change deniers, Crossfire host S.E. Cupp started yelling a straw-man proposition about how a recent poll says the American people don’t believe in climate change and how the government “scare tactics” (which other panelists and Nye simply call education) over the last X amount of years haven’t worked. You can view it here:
Nye, to his usual credit, did a good job of staying calm and addressing her points to the best of his abilities, but Nye clearly seemed perplexed about why he needed to address a poll of American citizens on which had no direct control. Nye then gets jumped by another loud yelling conservative economist Nicholas Loris who much like Cupp, simply yells over Nye until Nye gets frustrated, attempts to yell a few points back but oops, look at that, we’re out of time. Sorry Bill, we’ll have to table the “discussion” until next time.
And now all over Facebook and the Internet we get headlines like this: “Bill Nye Gets SLAYED in Debate” and: “Bill Nye Gets BULLIED in Debate” but of course the real headline should be,
“Harpies Yell at a Guy Until He Gets Exasperated and Attempts to Yell Back, Everyone Loses.”
Nothing about that CNN segment was a debate, a discussion, or even an exchange of ideas. It doesn’t matter what side of the climate change aisle you’re on—if all it takes for someone to “win” a debate is for them to yell louder and longer than the other person then we’re truly in a sad state of affairs. Debates should be civil and rational discussions that certainly can and should include facts and opposing points of views, but what makes that discussion interesting should not be the decibel reading of the person’s voice.
Yes, that’s right. Like a psychedelic mushroom blossoming from a festering pile of cow shit, Intensive Purposes rises from the grave. We’re back!
Unfortunately it’s not all magic mushrooms and tie-dye tees. In the process of rising from our three-year long slumber we lost all our content, including the last eight podcasts of season one and dozens of articles. (Back up your data, friends.)
That being said, we’ve got a lot of exciting new stuff in the works. The site has been redesigned, the podcast is back rolling, and I’m working on writing new articles and finding other contributors to bring you the most interesting, funny, and thought provoking writing we can muster with a zero dollar budget and the work ethic to match.