Tanaka-Johnson, 2016 VS Voight-Kampff, 1982


I re-watched parts of the interview Greg Tanaka, then a Palo Alto planning commissioner, did as a candidate for City Council with Bill Johnson of the Palo Alto Weekly, in 2016. What I remembered was that Greg kept avoiding Bill’s question. I went back to the interview after reading a bit about the lack of a grocery store in the office complex that replaced JJ & F Market. (Actually the most dramatic or bizarre part of the 2016 interview was over whether or not candidate Tanaka supported “the Downtown Cap” — a message in a bottle from years ago policy makers to today’s leadership reminding us that the Residents are primary over the Developers — which was basicially gutted and undermined when the Comp Plan was revised, rebuked — it was actually my own interview with Johnson during the 2014 elections when I whiffed at a chance to critique the project, when asked. I knew it was fishy, but did not grasp or could not recall the details).
The Voigt-Krampff test is to tell whether a subject was human or replicant — Android — robot. I guess I’m sort of a racist or playing to a trope to suggest that a Japanese guy is not very emotional (Cf, Jessica Yu, Inscrutable Films, reclaiming the slur). But it is also true, and I circulated my complaint privately, that Greg Tanaka more recently taped my interview with him, during his office hours — about public art — and cut me off just as I was explaining that my mother’s entering hospice is why I withdrew from the 2018 council race; then he edited the tape to conceal that fact; then, when I brought it up again recently, he had a high school kid reply on his behalf, to take down the tape. He has tapes of 100 such interviews. Not that he didn’t inform the subjects — his neighbors and constituents, just that its apriori creepy. The edit calls to mind both “deep fakes” a current topic and The Watergate Tapes.
Tanaka should not run for re-election.

Note: there is a discrepancy in the spelling of the test between the novel and the movie. Also, the term Bladerunner is not from the Dick book, it is from a 1974 novel about underground surgeons. It is also a pun on the German word for “remain calm”. And1: I used the term “Total Recall” a few cycles ago to suggest that Palo Altans could or should replace its elected leaders by off year petition. I think council has improved slighly in terms of represenation and response.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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