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Offline Queefer Sutherland

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Re: Public Broadcasting (in America though)
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:40:40 am »
The thing I found interesting about it, though, was the fact that something that was ostensibly designed for "the" public actually became an entertainment tool for the elite, by focusing on publics that had money to donate.  "The" public was thereby ignored, as poor people can't afford to donate to NPR, basically. 

Interesting topic.  Do we really see PBS (I don't know anything about NPR as a Canadian) as an entertainment tool for the elite?  Is there programming espousing neoliberalism or the Iraq War etc?  I see the opposite: http://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-dark-side/

Poor people (or the urban working class and immigrants), as the article states, are the main characters & set locations of Sesame Street.  There's no mindless-yet-entertaining shows like Spongebob on PBS that I know. PBS creates probably the best newscasts and news series (Frontline etc) in America today.  There's no glam, just news, in all its bland glory.

Poor people can't afford to donate, but a lot of everyday working folks do, as we see on the televised fundraisers with a lot of $50 & $100 donations, but I have no idea about the large private donations from the wealthy.  Can we see where those donations have influenced the programming?

We also have to look at who is DESIGNING the programming.  Certainly not the poor, since they don't have that education & skill set.  So it's mainly middle and upper-middle class folks like you and I doing their best (I assume) to fulfill PBS's mission.
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