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August 31st, 2007

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12:58 pm - Otherkin Radio Play
I few weeks ago, I learned that the BBC would be broadcasting a radio play involving otherkin. Being both a fan of radio plays (a vastly underused media), and with an obvious interest in otherkin, I hoped that I would have a chance to hear it. Thankfully, the BBC made it available, the 45 minute long play is Looking for Angels: Otherkin, by Laura Wade. You can find the play on this site by clicking on the link for Thursday. It's both written and acted and impressively accurate. I have no idea how the British otherkin community differs from the US one, but this definitely had the feel of something written by some exceedingly familiar with the overall otherkin community, and is vastly better than any portrayal that I expected in the mass media, since otherkin community is just barely beginning to gain the attention of the mass media, and so I was expecting far more of a Stage 1: "Freakshow" approach. I'm certain there will be plenty of those to come, but I liked this piece. It wasn't perfect, but it was interesting and thoughtful, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys radio drama or who has an interest in otherkin.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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Date:September 1st, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'd be more likely to listen to it if I could find a downloadable version - I'm on the road more than at home, and wouldn't mind putting it on my iPod.
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Date:September 1st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Agreed. If you find one, let me know, I'd love a copy of the play
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Date:September 1st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I'd love to have a copy, but I think the BBC specifically didn't want anyone to have them, so I'm guessing the only option is some greymarket source like limewire.
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Date:September 1st, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
I am doing something about this. E-mail me.

--The Doctor
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Date:September 4th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
It was a good play, considering its limitations....the whole vampire thing was way off reality, I thought, and could have been demonstrated far more effectively than having someone managing a forum (and therefore with some arguable experience?) take the blood-garlic-crucifixes as literal canon.

I think it generally could have been edgier, sharper insofar as the mental pitfalls of the phenomenon (though that itself wasn't the announced theme) -- afterall, there is a good-size generation and more of alternative cyberhermits of all types (greatly varying in their family backgrounds and emotional stresses), otherkin are hugely prone to indigenous and intrusive online wankerage, and "having a life", due to many factors, can't always be defined as having a work and social life that's primarily offline -- though I can understand parents' concerns on this particular count.

[Personally, I think that there ought to be approved online counselors within the community/ies, not to mention a move for "kin-friendly" (or at least non-kneejerk) mental health professionals offline.]

Though, one thing that it did do, which many otherkin themselves refuse to do when speaking technically, is show a little objective carry-over into "real life" of the traits people claim, and not simply take refuge in the "subjective reality escape clause" that states that no one's reality is allowed to be any more real than another person's everyday assumptions, and that conflicting otherkin accounts and memories must perpetually orbit a diplomatic no-man's land without any attempt at "factual" resolution of history/cosmology. It still makes no claim as to how true anyone's identity or memory-log is, but at least it doesn't go to either possible extreme of mandated hypercredulity vs. material skepticism.

[Imho, neither transsexuality nor otherkinship exist without some reasons and evidences, and anyone who attempts to reduce either to a personal belief system is chickening out even if they claim to "respect" that identity.]

But hey, that's me.... I have no use for any kind of identity that doesn't have some constructive implications for my everyday life, no matter whether it's non-human or not.

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