The BBC is saturated with advertising. Only it is free advertising. In
this respect the BBC is exquisitely corrupt. Civilization was a good series
but that was more than thirty years ago. Today BBC television is much
worse than its commercial rivals. It ought to be abolished. John Birt
should be lynched. I really mean that too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Half-vast wasteland--was: Slides and inconvenient
media (was spin it again)
> On 07/04/07, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Robert Hodge" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Well, with the current state of television programming as it is,
>>> you could only improve it if you were !
>>> The technology improves while the content disintegrates. Except for
>>> rare occations and on PBS it is a "vast wasteland".
>>> And how could anyone watch anything worthwhile on a 2 inch or smaller
>>> screen ? Some do, so I hear.
>> Well...I shall vehemently disagree/comment here!
>> Television exists...and has ALWAYS existed...as a medium on which
>> advertising can be sold at maximum profit!
> That is only true in the USA.
> BBC TV carries advertising only for BBC products, and many countries
> have only a state TV service whose function is to carry government
> For many years the TV channels in Britain also carried the Open
> University programs during the night.
>> The creators of the
>> medium enthusiastically forecast all sorts of programming which
>> would "bring culture to the masses"...ignoring the reality that
>> "the masses" have absolutely NO desire for "culture!"
> I believe the audiences for some of the BBC cultural and scientific
> series were quite large. At least the educated middle-class masses watch
> (For example, Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation", or "Walking with
>> The all-too
>> inevitable result was/is that television programming quickly
>> drifted toward a "lowest common denominator"...which, in turn,
>> lowered the cultural level of the masses...which then lowered
>> the cultural/intellectual quality of TV programming (and life
>> in general...?!) even further...and on and on in a downward
>> spiral. Even PBS (and other "serious" programming) inevitably
>> skews its content toward that "LCD" demographic (since there
>> wouldn't be much of an audience otherwise...?!).
>> The applicable question actually is: how much serious thinking
>> is going on?! I suspect this variable is in constant-decrease
>> mode, since it doesn't pay very well or lead to fame and/or
>> fortune! After all, it is much easier to sit mindlessly in
>> front of one's TV set (or, for students, to regurgitate on
>> demand a few memorized answers to complete a multiple-choice
>> examination...!) than it is to actually SERIOUSLY think about
>> a question more complicated than "For whom should I vote in
>> the 'American Idol' competition...?"
>> Steven C. Barr
>> (With increased vehemence, he expostulates "FEH!!"...)
> Don Cox
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