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"Jim Terr occupies a unique place in citizen activism. In both his brilliant satire work, and his more serious essays and outreach, he has a peculiar gift for focusing on the people who need to be reached and who might be reached, instead of just “preaching to the converted.”
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Terr's work has aired on the ABC, CBS, NBC/Mutual,
Westwood One, BBC (British) and National Public Radio networks,
Voice of America, the Larry King, Jim Bohannon, Paul Harvey,
G. Gordon Liddy, Jim Hightower, Thom Hartmann, Peter Werbe, Mike
Malloy, Sam Seder, Jon Elliott, Dr. Demento, "Mountain Stage," "This
Way Out" and "Whaddya Know?" radio shows, NBC- and
CBS-TV News, in film, and has been broadcast in over 20 countries.
He wrote and performed the national jingle favorite, "Sing a
Song of Snapple" and the YouTube hit, "Please Impeach Me."
"In his letters
and articles, Jim Terr makes too much sense. In any other country he
would have long since been locked up."
- Jonathan Alter, Senior Editor,
"Jim Terr's spirit shows through consistently
in the essays, songs and other projects he creates. It's the droll,
sardonic, 'cut the B.S.' outlook that is known around the world as 'American.'
His tone is especially valuable in an election year. "
- James Fallows, National Editor, Atlantic Monthly
"A gentle agitator...who's
come up with a way to lower the country's political temperature."
-Paul Greenberg, syndicated
Terr’s creativity and versatility are unmatched. Well, almost
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of any or all Jim Terr projects or pronouncements)
HAD IT RIGHT
He was a funny writer, with a . . . taste
for pseudonymous pranks; he hid his most ascerbic opinions
behind the masks of made-up characters. But he had world-class
ambitions, and he understood that these ambitions were probably
best served by achievement . . .
...he understood that he would inevitably be viewed as a provincial, and
that it paid to play the clown a little . . .The metropolis, while it mistrusts
an upstart, forgives a lovable provincial eccentric.
Franklin liked to write letters claiming to be from other people . . . in
order to dramatize some political point through obvious
last thing he wrote was a letter purportedly from a Muslim slaver . . . whose
lust for slavery was intended to hold a mirror up to the American slaveholder's
own, and shame him.
Franklin was an instinctive ironist . . . it was his natural mode . .
. the whole thing depended on being reported with an absolutely straight
face. It was not that he did not value honesty . . . He would have beem
reluctant to to say something that he believed to be a lie. But, as a
businessman and a writer and a diplomat, he might very well be willing
to dramatize, or even overdramatize, something he believed to be essentially
Franklin's essentially ironic, distancing turn of mind . . . gave him a kind
of second sight into the minds of his hosts. There is little sham in French
life, but a lot of show, a lot of rhetorical gesturing. Franklin understood
this style instantly. He was pretending to be a naif . . ., which the French
knew to be faux, and they were pretending to be worldly, which he knew to
be an illusion.
But the logic of power depends largely on the perceptions, the feelings,
of the people who have it. Franklin understood that, above all, the good
opinion of the French mattered. It paid to be liked and admired, and he made
sure that he was. He knew that he could not make his country, and its needs,
inescapable if he did not make himself, and his cause, irresistable.
-- Adam Gopnik, "American Electric", The New Yorker June 30, 2003