I’m going to start introducing my own work in this “Media Reviews” blog, in order to build up to my future plans, and to supplement the “footnotes blog” for my new “Do Ask Do Tell III” book.
On February 25, 1998, I gave a lecture on my first book to undergraduate students at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Students took notes, like they were going to turn in themes to professors. The lecture was arranged by a graduating senior from Hamline whom I had met through the Libertarian Party of Minnesota after moving to Minneapolis on September 1, 1997 – actually at a reception (and informal booksigning party) somewhere around one of the lakes in town in late October (it was still mild that Sunday night, which I remember well).
The 56-minute talk was carried on Channel 6 on Minneapolis Cable in March, 1998. I have made a DVD of it. Using older technology of over a decade ago. I extracted some videos from it. I’m not sure yet how easy it would be to get this onto YouTube or copied onto this site, so I will give the link to the first file on the “doaskdotell” site. There are 34 such files, each well less than a minute. I do think I talk constructively about the “Relationship Paradox” (file 30) and that there is tension between independence as a virtue for the individual and interdependence as necessary for society,
The MPG link to the first file is this:
I would be accompanied at some libertarian book fairs by Edmund Contoski, who published under the imprint “American Liberty Publishers”, link here.
One of these is “Makers and Takers”, the title of which is self-explanatory. Yes, it does remind us of Ayn Rand. The other is a novel “The Trojan Project”, where the author imagines a telephone virus. I thought it was fanciful at the time, but then Stephen King came up with “Cell” in 2006. And now, smart phone malware is a big security issue, and certainly fits well into the NSA spying scandal revealed by Edward Snowden.
I would later give a similar speech at the University of Minnesota March 31, 1999, and a related talk to the Dakota Unitarian Fellowship in Rosemount, MN in February 2002.
(Published at 11 PM EST Sunday, Februrary 16, 2014).
Update: Oct. 20, 2014
Thumbnails for DVD of the Hamline lecture. I’ll start working on YouTube transcription soon. See Nov. 30, 2015 post.