What does this Indy do?

Posted: September 1, 2019 in Environmental articles

Pre-foot: I humbly and respectfully acknowledge Coast Salish, Á,LEṈENEȻ ȽTE (W̱SÁNEĆ) Lekwungen/Songhees First Nations peoples on whose territories I live and work. #LandBack

It is virtually common knowledge that what we used to think of as real journalists have been wiped out, or at least we’ve been involuntarily shape-shifted by corporate-media norms. Some might say this might be overstating it. But working journalists do have to conform to corporate conglomerates which do fundamentally mold and constrain our speech freedoms, as expressed by way of example here.

There’s always marketing and catchy media outreach to stay relevant — “We understand the difficulties of editorial independence in these days of Big Media conglomeration especially what its effect is on the control of information. We possess a thoughtful cognizance of the impact that large corporate syndicates and bipartisan groups have on characteristically sound byte-oriented media product” — seen right here in this blog. To those of you who might not know, this is Mediageode’s actual signature marketing outreach spiel.

Independent journalists exist — “I exist” — as some famous philosopher once said, but for the most part it’s always been on the margins of the literary media landscape. This isn’t bad thing it is just fact.

Blogging is a contribution — as well. A contribution to the things that have happened by way of remembering them in writing. Blogs are archives, historical records. Hence this site, carefully preserved over more than 15 years. So enjoy!

Basically I am about analysis. My writing which is essentially blogging now is intended to give my view and perspective of observed events which are of interest to me.

I am a reader of people and defender of all that is aesthetic and uplifting to the human spirit. I classify myself as a curious thinker with an investigative bent and tendency toward being a bit of a policy wonk. I fault that to a background in political science. My subsequent journeys and travel took me toward opportunities for learning research methodologies on the subject of human pain, stigma and ruling or ‘power-etymology’. Etymology is the study of the history of words. And so — the etymology of-power —loosely defined in this instance — means observing at its origin and its development throughout history. Observing at historical points later I gravitated towards an interest in studying the tenets of symbolic-interactionism and out of this research-journey came a more pronounced commitment to anthropology beginning to emerge in animal welfare research.

The simplest way of putting it is I am geared toward analyses relating to or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature.

My fascination is in ‘interpreting the Anthropocene’, a somewhat loaded thing to think about perhaps. But in simple terms it’s usually presented as a concept or anthropological lens — an agreed or defined geological epoch dating from the start of intense human impact on the Earth’s ecological order, including but not limited to, intrusive mechanized, scientific *anthropogenic changes to our world and its animal habitats*. See more about this vast and wonderful subject here.

I warn you — There is a lot of ‘eclectic stuff’ on this site. It is presented as a smorgasbord of writing observations which hopefully draws some of your interest. I am a creative sort, you could say even artsy. I paint, I make things, I am into arts & crafts. I am all about hobbies, my favourite being gardening (botany) and ethnographic research in anthropology which looks at the relationships between human and animal kingdoms and how we’ve encroached on the four-legged and winged creatures of our ever evolving and fascinating world.

Happy reading!

Deeper definition for those interested…What do I mean by *anthropogenic changes to our world and its animal habitats*…observing both human and animal habitats and the conflicts for space which have arisen in a more pronounced way in the last century. Specifically research which looks at how humans have waded into [historically] animal territories and how this may inform on who ultimately has or will have rightful territoriality of Earth itself. Of course bringing up for the discussion here, the study of ‘Survival of the fittest’, a term associated with British naturalist Charles Darwin and his epic work On the Origin of Species fifth edition (1869) which argues that species best adapted to their surroundings are the most successful in surviving and carrying on their DNA and RNA.

Will humans be able to adapt to their changing world or will the viruses destroy them and the infernos burn them up?

This is the question of our time.

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