ABC Nightline Coverage of Twin Oaks

It was with quite some anticipation and fear that today approached.  Almost a month ago ABC Nightline came and filmed at Twin Oaks and several members were unhappy about the high impact of their visit.  For me, even more worrying was the prospect of them doing a slash piece on us, as the NY Times did some years back (after the NY Times photographer had spent a bunch of time telling us how wonderful and important we were – but it is editors, not photographers who determine what is news).

Link to ABC Nightline Video Coverage of Twin Oaks

Gryphon and i making a hammock - Credit ABC Nightline News

Gryphon and i making a hammock – Credit ABC Nightline News

In the end, I was mostly relieved by the piece.  I don’t need them to depict Twin Oaks as paradise. I certainly don’t see it that way and almost always tell people about the down sides of the commune (including minimal access to resources including money and thus general inability to travel personally, labyrinth decision making process and reduced privacy).  And it is still a better place than almost any other i have visited.

And it seems this time, the mainstream media mostly agreed with me.

no privacy street sign

Well, there is some privacy

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2 responses to “ABC Nightline Coverage of Twin Oaks”

  1. Nexus says :

    Regarding the 1997 New York Times Magazine article written by Daniel Pinchbeck, I’d characterize it more as “unflattering” (when we were hoping for some very flattering recruitment propaganda) rather than a slash piece. A true slash piece would have been so much worse. In 2012, I asked Daniel Pinchbeck in person about that article, and he said that the New York Times would not have allowed him to write a purely positive article, because the mainstream media doesn’t work like that.

  2. dbmamaz says :

    Thats not bad at all. Ok, yeah, ‘lost in the woods’ is silly. But it seemed reasonable. I was really thrilled to see Amani, who I hadnt seen in probably 15 years?

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