Nmherman on 1 Oct 2000 19:10:29 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Closing comments for the Genius 2000 Conference 2000


Today is the last day of the Conference; thanks to all who participated and 
contributed.  The judges are set to begin deliberating and will award the 
prizes on or before October 15.  


My last contribution to the Conference will be to screen the Genius 2000 
Video First Edition on the public sidewalk in front of the Governor's Mansion 
here in Minnesota, where Jesse Ventura lives.  The Mansion is located 1 1/2 
blocks east of Lexington on Summit Ave. in St. Paul.  The video will be shown 
on the street between 2 pm and 4 pm CST in an effort to get the Governor to 
comment on the following email, first posted December 18, 1998.

The screening will be taped and photographed and included in my own 
submission to the Conference, the Genius 2000 Archive 2000.

Any media coverage produced before midnight tonight will also be included in 
the Archive as a submission.  If you want to discuss coverage, join the 
listserv by sending a blank email to 

My goals in this screening are as follows:

To demand better media access and use by the general U.S. population;
More media access and discussion among people of different nations and 
To initialize a better public sphere of information exchange outside of the 
narrowly corporate media environment.

If any of these goals point toward a better system of global information, 
then it has all been worthwhile.

Or to quote William Blake: 
 Isaiah answer'd: "I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical 
perception; but my senses discover'd the infinite in every thing, and as I 
was then perswaded, & and remain confirm'd, that the voice of honest 
indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences, but wrote."

Peace to all,

Max Herman
The Genius 2000 Network



Subj:   Open Letter to Governor-Elect Jesse Ventura
Date:   12/18/98 5:46:41 AM Pacific Standard Time
From:   <A HREF="mailto:Nmherman">Nmherman</A>
To: , <A HREF="mailto:letters@latimes.com">letters@latimes.com</A>
CC: <A HREF="mailto:edtrib@angnewspapers.com">edtrib@angnewspapers.com</A>, 
<A HREF="mailto:charlierose@pbs.org">charlierose@pbs.org</A>

(The following is an open letter to the Governor-Elect of the State of 
Minnesota, Jesse Ventura.)

Dear Recipients of this Genius 2000 Media Action Update:

Here at the project we are planning to try to increase public, non-profit 
discussion of the year 2000 by demanding official acknowledgment of the 
Genius 2000 Project by Governor-Elect Jesse Ventura.

Our request is that the Governor-Elect sign a letter in which he states or 
reacts to the following text:

"Whereas the upcoming year 2000 is of vast importance to the people of 
Minnesota on many levels;
Whereas I will be Governor of the State at that time;
And acknowledging the need for sustained public discussion of this event, in 
venues and forums offering the widest possible access to the people of this 

"I support the following resolution presented to me by the Genius 2000 
Project, a non-profit association of concerned Minnesotans.  (This group is 
not connected to any religious denomination, political party, or corporation.)

'Be it resolved:

'Discussion and open debate, conducted with civility and mutual respect, must 
be the norm as we begin to contemplate the major historical, technological, 
and cultural milestone we are approaching in the year 2000.  I pledge to 
support a public sphere of communication, via the internet and other media, 
which is as inclusive and open as possible.  I will support this both in my 
own actions and by advocating media access for all concerned members of our 

"This media action will involve a significant demonstration at the State 
Capitol, governor's mansion, or other highly visible location.  We will 
simultaneously e-mail or regular mail the above remarks in an open letter to 
Governor-elect Ventura, and ask that he offer a public response via some 
widely accessible news media outlet.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, send e-mail to 


The Genius 2000 Project

ps--If you received this message via e-mail, and do not want to receive 
e-mail updates on the Ventura Media Action, reply to sender.  If you know any 
interested parties, you may forward this message but AVOID indiscriminate 
mass forwarding.  We recommend you send single-copy forwards to the news 
organizations who are listed as cabon-copy recipients of this message.  Also 
try other media outlets in your local area.

pps--The demonstration will take place between December 22 and 28.  Visit the 
Genius 2000 Project website for updated information.

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