Title: The [BLEEP] and the CEO
Producer: Larisa Naples Productions
Type: Audio Drama
Genre: Horror – Humor
Availability: Free – Larisa Naples Productions
Greetings, Audionauts – Captain Radio here with a review of …
As the daughter of an international airport architect, Larisa Naples grew up a “Global Nomad” in touch with diverse landscapes and peoples. As an adult, she realized many Americans tend to digest their culture in chunks during down times at such places as airport lounges or rush hour “parking lots.” So, she recently launched Larisa Naples Productions to create “original audio-dramatic ear candy for people on the go.”
As her first “go” at “ear candy”, Larisa wrote, directed, and produced a low-key, tongue-in-cheek horror tale entitled …
In this macabre tale, Jun-Li, a professional [BLEEP], shows CEO “Mr. Bruce” an exceptionally fine and suspiciously cheap waterfront office condo. Asked why it’s still available, the [BLEEP] laughs and obliquely mentions silly ghost tales. As if cued, Dave, a homeless bon vivant and disenchanted sidewalk squatter outside the structure, confronts Bruce and urges him to pass on this one.
Good advice, but not taken.
Once his company occupies the space, Bruce’s entire staff deserts him rapidly after glancing his face. Dave re-appears, a fallen former CEO himself, to help sort out Bruce’s plight:
Bruce discovers a mini-mob of infected CEO’s, who previously leased the condo, now surrounds it with a cardboard ghetto. They believe that Jun-Li uses the “ghosts” therein to make them public pariah, while she uses the computers inside slowly to empty their bank accounts.
Bruce and Ajeet, the callous CEO who apparently jump-started the morbid cycle, determine that one ghost engineer with a chilling, disembodied computer voice maintains a special “latchkey” computer program that keeps them all trapped:
After more, sometimes fatal, plot twists, interspersed with not a little social parody, Bruce hits on an outrageous and desperate scheme that will either free them all from the demonic presence … or kill them all, one-by-one.
Despite being a first effort, Larisa strives diligently for good production values. Both the plot and the acting in this necessarily slightly over-the-top “ear candy” chunk trilogy prove to be entertaining.
While Larisa acknowledges she plans to do some technical things differently after her first outing, she swears on a swarm of [BLEEP] locking boxes never ever again to use any trademarked keywords in her production titles, something done inadvertently here.
Shortly after her free-to-listen drama episodes appeared online, a very high-profile national association suddenly bore elephant-gun-to-fly pressure on Larisa. She was ordered to remove the [BLEEP] term from her drama title, her web site and domain, and any other associated materials.
Perhaps more troubling than this, two equally high-profile organizations outspokenly committed in public to defend civil/Constitutional or Internet freedoms both passed on helping Larisa.
Apparently deeply concerned about the impact of aggressive trademark litigation practices on small business, in March, 2010, Congress directed the Secretary of Commerce to canvass the public for anecdotal reports of such and thereafter recommend how to deal with them. To learn more about this recent government initiative, please visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office study web site.
You can listen to all three episodes of …
Until next time, Audionauts, this is Captain Radio, signing off!