> But in many communities, it is the only TV channel that actually shows
> people like them talking...and expresses their opinions and ideas.
> As many of you know, I worked at a public access TV in Manhattan until
> I brought many of the philophies I learned at this community TV
> station to videoblogging.
> "Get everyone involved in the conversation".
Interesting that you bring this up at this time. I got my taste for video
production working as a producer for a community access TV show called Sex
Life Live (http://www.sexlifelive.org). In some ways, my vlog is an
attempt at staying in a medium and hobby I've grown to enjoy working with.
On top of that, though, is that my local NPR radio station is doing a
membership drive, and I had a long, hard talk with myself about why I
didn't feel the need to donate to NPR even though I do listen to NPR for
something like 30-60 minutes every day while I'm in my car. The reason,
ultimately, came down to two things:
(1) NPR might serve the public interest, but only by serving a majority of
the public at the expense of certain groups. My choices in lifestyle
cause me to fall into several of those groups, and so I feel unrepresented
by NPR. If NPR went away, my car's radio would play podcasts like
Polyamory Weekly and Thelema Coast to Coast, which are produced by, and
for, people more like me than NPR.
(2) It's public radio, but AFAIK, it's the copyright of NPR. If I pay
membership donations to NPR, and it's really serving the public interest,
then I would think the public should be able to reuse and rebroadcast that
material as it wishes. By comparison, while podcasts and vlogs sare still
copyrighted, there's a culture of sharing and distribution that just isn't
Sans the digital divide, I'm starting to think podcasting and vlogging are
poised to serve public interests at the expense of things like public
access TV, NPR, and PBS.
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