Archive: The Barefoot Broadcast website spiel for Carl, circa 2010

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Self-confessed 80's one-hit-wonder pop star (only the most dedicated dance-music fan would remember DJ Ping Pong who played Bill the Flower-pot Man in the video), Carl left the music industry a little hurt, thinking: "there must be more to life".

What effectively turned out to be a post-Top-of-the-Pops mid-life crisis caused him to look deep within and take a twenty-year tour of anything and everything to do with spirituality, the environment and wellbeing.

Now in his 40's, and having struck a happy medium (who - as a believer in karma - has decided not to press charges), Carl is the self-proclaimed daddy of 'Pop Spirituality' - a movement that unites New Age prophecy, a global sense of un-ease and the fact that yesterday's weird is today's slightly difficult and tomorrow's normal...

Here's BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Janey Lee Grace talking about Carl's LoLi-Boomer idea

And here's his Hedolist Manifesto

Community Builder and 'Town Crier' at OurNet

Facebook Launch Fake News Crackdown Site - 'Factbook' - "The Check to End All Checks"

TechRaunch News Release - Silicon Valley, 1st April, 2018 - For Immediate Use

Facebook Launch Fake News Crackdown Site - 'Factbook'

STAFF WRITER: As public trust and share values over at Facebook continue to plummet, the social media number one has decided to "soft launch" a new sister site 'Factbook' with the tagline "the check to end all checks"...


The Groucho Conundrum (Why Facebook will Probably Be OK)

​​Events at Facebook over last few days have exposed a gross and uncomfortable mis-match between community trust and corporate behaviour.

The alleged sell-out of data believed to be safe in the hands of the people who aim to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together" has caused much shock and alarm, prompting threats of account deletion and/or consideration of other options.

We've grown used to sharing our inner-most thoughts, photographs, videos and mostly every other kind of personal and precious information, that to the ever-growing Internet giants, is seemingly just 'data' to be traded, and even used against us in a disgusting, 'psychographic' battle for our thoughts.

But what are the alternatives?

The first of these might share the dynamics of staying with an abusive partner; you stay with someone who doesn't respect you, but build your own defences within an admission of defeat scenario. In this option we might compromise some of our values in exchange for a continued benefit. This, to me, is a malnourishing and unsustainable option, yet entirely understandable within the entire spectrum of compromises made in fast-moving, modern life.

The second option is not for the feint-hearted, a harsh kind of cutting-your-nose-off-to-spite-your-face response to betrayal. It's in many ways noble and clean, but would also show a remarkable level of detachment in relation to the amount of sentimental posts and uploads over your years of membership. You can download your 'data', which Guardian writer Arwa Mahdawi called a "mausoleum of old photos", in this piece describing her experience of that process:

Personally, I favour the last option: find or create an alternative - the transitionary approach. This, in some way, not only punishes the betrayer and teaches them a long, slow lesson as members move to a new base, but also shows the self-care of more respect and security for precious shares. I'm involved in the creation of what might be considered an option and am aware - because of my role at and personal obsession with such sociological phenomena - of several others including Miramir, MeWe and Sociall. There are also many new - often ICO and blockchain-based - social media component offerings like chat, messaging, publishing and trading, that are emerging to meet the new needs of 'socmed2.0' and inherited terrors of our first decade in this 'space'.

That said, the big objection that will need handling, is what I'm calling the 'Groucho Conundrum'. The trouble with new platforms is that they face a catch-22 whereby people won't join because the site is not sufficiently populated or featured; and if they won't join, the site remains insufficiently populated and under-developed. The sad and worst case scenario perhaps being a well-intentioned network, about which one cynical, yet wise acquaintance on Facebook remarked: " We just know that if we switch to an open source, ethical alternative we'll have tumbleweed for company."

On one level, they may well be right. The queue for change is a long, popular, slow-moving one; the queue for taking action for change is usually shorter and a lot less popular!

At some point though, we'll have to get over this. Our unwillingness to 'be the change' and not embrace that other sobering cliche: 'we are the ones we've been waiting for', is really our surrender to all that's worst in how society is now run. We allowed, and continue to allow Facebook and other to trade our personal lives and privacy, if we maintain the 'us and them' glass wall. Big data and big profits for the few, at the expense of the many, will prevail if we don't create (and regulate for ourselves) a club we'd want to belong to.

In my recent pre-Cambridge Analytica Facebook purge, I was moved to cull by the realisation that I only interacted with a wonderful minority of my 1,800 so-called friends. Perhaps we don't need to perpetuate the superficial security of strength (and assumed popularity) in numbers? Maybe in the new iterations of social media there'll be a shift from large scale to small community for the most fruitful and authentic sense of connection. A virtual downsizing is certainly supported by Mark Maslin in his article - Why Humans Are So Smart—And So Stressed Out. This article suggests "Homo sapiens evolved big brains not so that we could make tools but so that we could keep track of 150 friends and competitors."

​More at:

As 'Town Crier' and Community Builder at OurNet, I favour the 'virtual village' over the Big Database. We recently moved to Portugal to develop the idea and moth-balled our 'alpha' version of the site as it didn't adequately reflect the scale of our intentions. In light of recent events, we're considering re-publishing the site, but will need a developer/programmer who's primarily inline with all I've articulated above, as well as 150 people committed to helping social media make the change from toddler to teenager. Might you be the parent or guardian of 'socmed2.0'?!

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'Why Humans Are So Smart—And So Stressed Out' by Mark Maslin was originally published at, republished in part here under Creative Commons.

The Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music - Interview with Co-Author Adam Reeves.

Some say "the Devil has all the best tunes". So how is it a Roman Catholic nun was the founding force behind a brass band that helped shape some the world's most beloved musical forms and generations of Reggae superstars? Take it easy, sit back, and allow yourself twenty minutes to get a mere taste of the remarkable story that is the 'Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music' by Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves.

Hear how a strict disciplinarian regime for 'wayward boys,’ many of whom were orphaned or from deeply troubled backgrounds and hailing from some of the toughest streets in the world, created the very foundations of Jamaican jazz, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and dub.

I'm not sure Satan has ever run a bass-heavy sound system, spinning a collection of the hippest jazz, R’n’B and ska 45s, but Sister Mary Ignatius did, for an incredible 64 years, inspiring generations of young men to make music their occupation.

The book features a foreword by world-renowned reggae DJ and broadcaster David Rodigan and stunning cover art by French oil painter Jean-Christophe Molineris.
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The authors are available for press and further radio interviews: Heather Augustyn (USA): // Adam Reeves (UK):

To hear a brand new mix of Alpha music by author Adam Reeves, go to: