Monday, July 4, 2011

Independent and United: Denton

       All over Denton great music is made, great venues exist, great local businesses serve the community, video production teams work, food services provide better sustenance, artists create and artisans abound.  While each of these entities is doing its own thing, it is becoming evident that there exists opportunity to bring  these individual entities together so that the greater sum of these parts becomes self-evident.  The manner which this cohesion has been achieved throughout much of history is the media used as a forum and local for ideas prevalent in a local community.   It is the current situation in which we find ourselves our immediate past, TV, newspapers and radio, is predominantly run by large companies searching for broad appeal in order to place advertising, all the while cost and manpower to operate in the these media has become prohibitive and impractical for a local presence to maintain. Yet television programming is being rendered obsolete by the internet, and by the time broadband connections are established in the majority of vehicles the influence of traditional radio as taste-maker will be diminished even further than it's current dwindling state.  Past, still being sometimes present, we move through the present the future unfolding before us, where access to a voice is as easy as any time in recorded history.  If isn't already apparent, it will soon become glaringly obvious, the internet will shape the next era of media.
       Each age that has seen vast improvements in modes of  mass communication has also seen vast improvements in the conditions surrounding them.  Beginning with cave drawings, the idea that information shared improves the lives of those around them is one major step forward in human evolution.  It is no surprise the great developments of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution coincide and are quite pragmatically impossible without a profusion of reading materials and a pursuant class of self-educated populace resultant from it.  Revolutionary ideas like our own Declaration of Independence are made real by the propagation of these ideas through media.  In our age, the internet has provided the unprecedented opportunity to give a voice to ideas inane, provocative or revolutionary.  For each of these ideas there is  space and the chance to gain audience so that those ideas may take root.  
        And we do hear the voices, infinite blogs, websites, podcasts, etc. exist for our edification or amusements, the best achieve both.  Yet for those seeking to be heard with so many voices shouting, attempting to shout louder ultimately achieves a sore throat.  It is for this reason that people come together to speak in one voice.  An avenue available to us now so that the collective voice of this artistic community may be heard is an internet based community radio station.   A public forum for Denton, independent of the major outlets and united together to give  opportunity for the varied and related artistic and business interests of our community.
     One group laying the ground work for this opportunity is  A project still in its infancy; ideas, support and just good old money are required to get this off and running.  For ways that you can be part of this change in the way that radio and community interact go to


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