What does this Indy do?

Posted: September 1, 2019 in Environmental articles

It is virtually common knowledge, that, what we used to think of as real journalists have been wiped out. 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.

There’s the catchy media outreach — “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.

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. And so 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 ‘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. Later I gravitated towards an interest in, studying the tenants 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 major human impact on Earth’s ecosystems, including but not limited to, mechanical and 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!

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