Letters to the Editor

Week of Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Driven to Condemn

Were we really guilty of killer journalism?:Tiny cable cars reaching halfway to the stars no longer; these days it's foot-to-the-floor drivers shaving minutes off their commute, cutting off pedestrians along their busy way. Zero-to-60 cabdrivers racing through neighborhoods, one stop sign at a time. A city that is suffocating in cars, and your contributor thinks bike lanes are a nuisance ["Driving San Francisco Sane," June 29]? And DPT really cares about pedestrian safety. Do you remember the freewheeling circles that replaced the four-way stops in the Lower Haight?

Curt Sanburn wants us to believe San Francisco is nirvana behind the wheel, but it is not. His article validates a fact: San Francisco is no longer a city for pedestrians; it is a city for cars.

Curt, I want you to think for a minute, next time you read the news, and someone's grandmother is killed by a hit-and-run driver on 19th Avenue, or someone's child is run down on a quiet residential street: Will you feel at all responsible?

Matthew Thayer
Cathedral Hill

We Like You, Too, Techno Kat

But if Barcelona's so great, how come Sherburne keeps coming back?:Hey, I just wanted to let you know I liked your article on techno in this week's SF Weekly[OK Then, June 29]. I'm a bit of a techno fiend myself (have been to Detroit for the last five Fuse-In/Movement/DEMFs [Detroit Electronic Music Festivals] and actually made it out to Sonar last year) and am always glad to see someone knowledgeable writing about techno and promoting it. Sad to hear that a Mini-Mutek here appears to be on hold since Philip Sherburne is moving on, but I can't blame him -- I'd move to Barcelona in a second myself if I had the means.

That said, I feel like San Francisco is having a bit of a techno renaissance these days. I manage to go out dancing quite often lately (Galoppierende Zuversicht were amazing!), and I'm glad to see a few good events coming up. Looking forward to Shawn Rudiman at Concept on the 9th.

M. Kat
West Berkeley

I, Pod

Manifesto from the Outer Sunset:I think the concept of podcasting as an artistic medium to express dissent is largely an economic issue, but a peculiar one at that ["Rise of the Pod People," Music, June 29]. The iPod and all of its accompanying paraphernalia, while to some extent inexpensive, is still a luxury commodity to a majority of Americans. Here in San Francisco, we see them all over the place, but I believe that the technology involved in an iPod is still something primarily of the upper classes. In this way, the iPod becomes an instrument of dissent only for the upper class (much like academic educations). The iPod places itself in the peculiar spot as dissent for the upper-middle to upper classes to dissent against the ultimate upper, that of the Corporation.

What medium is available to lower classes? I believe that print forms will still dominate as the principal medium for dissent until free and/or inexpensive Internet broadband access is available to the common man.

Jeanette Lehn
Outer Sunset

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