February 15th, 2009

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No Longer At MAP

As of Friday, I am no longer employed by Media Access Project.

My new contact info is haroldjfeld at gmail

For those wondering about the rest of my life:

1) I have a book I still need to write.

2) I have a number of consulting projects to keep me occupied -- too many to do on my own. I have therefore formed a partnership with my younger brother, Strength to Strength Devolp-Ed, LLC.

3) In March, I will begin part time with Public Knowledge to train their attorneys.

It is a very busy and very exciting time. I have not given up on the hope of working with the Obama Administration if something suitable arises. But, at the same time, I am not going to sit by the phone and wiat for it to ring. I am moving increaisngly from the role of "doing" to the role of teaching and training what I hope will be the next generation of effective progressive activists (or, as I like to think of it, moving from being the samurai to the sensei). I feel extremely blessed that at a time when many people are struggling, I have a number of fulfilling choices.

It is also very gratifying for those who insist I do not know what I am talking about to be able to command prices in excess of $400/hr. Apparently, my delusions pay very well.
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Good Op Ed By Frank Rich

This piece by Frank Rich captures a number of points I had planned to blog on but probably won't bother. Briefly, he discusses the incredible disconnect between the perceptions of the pundits and what is actually happening, and how the GOP's superior connections with the cable pundits (not just on Fox) and with the few remaining Washington beat reporters that allows them to make their narrative dominant has now become a trap. although Rich does not compare them with Talosians, I think there is a parallel, particularly the line about "But they found it's a trap...
like a narcotic, because when dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating. You even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought record."