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THIS IS NOT A TEST - books, music, movies, art, culture and truth

THIS IS NOT A TEST is Los Angeles author and musician Michael Phillips talking about books, music, movies, art, culture and truth.
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Now displaying: February, 2015
Feb 28, 2015

This is it, the only Oscar ceremony wrap-up you need.

Forget the big networks, and even the tiny networks that no one watches, like E! You don’t need them. I cover all the bases, every category, every wonderful minute of the Hollywood’s greatest night! You don’t want to miss it.

Feb 21, 2015

The strange and terrible world of unboxing videos, Facebook, the Book of Revelations, Heaven’s Gate, Marketing, Betamax recorders, Internet communities, the discomfort of silence and more.

Feb 14, 2015

How does one live simply when there is so much junk everywhere?

It’s a first world problem, having too much stuff, I know. But here I am talking about it anyway.

On the way to that subject you’ll also get to hear about how to be an awesome podcaster, landlords, eBay, yard sales, people in the 1920s, credit cards, and a teaser about a pretty cool upcoming episode.

Feb 7, 2015

According to Wikipedia (my favorite source for quasi-truth and hamfisted misinformation) an Internet troll is: a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

I suppose that’s as good a definition as any. But did you know you can be trolled in real life too? It’s true. Let me tell you about it.

By the way, why do we say “in real life” when we talk about things that happen away from the computer? Am I not participating in real life when I do things online? Am I in some kind of suspended life or pseudo life? I don’t like that term, but it’s better than meat world.

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