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Passion beats Money

August 19, 2004 11:01 AM

David Colker tells the story of U.S. sports enthusiasts getting their satellite television from Canada in today's LA Times.

Elliott Chang: "You get a much more balanced perspective on the world, without all the flag-waving."

Yeah, and the news anchors don't talk over Bjork either.

The article goes on to explain how to actually do it: you need a Canadian address, a special tuner box, etc. The lengths people like Chang are going to to get better television is a damning indictment of the U.S. media.

As the technologies for distributing television on the internet get more advanced, media outlets will see an erosion in viewers, audiences will get more fragmented, and political discourse will get even more polarized as a new class system emerges -- the information haves and have nots. Those who have the internet-connected TiVo-like device sucking in content from around the world, from those with a hundred cable channels controlled by a handful of corporations.

A tipping point will emerge, where the middle class -- in the aggregate, empowered with more information, and taking advantage of the right tools -- will be more powerful than the large corporations. Little flashes of that have been happening lately -- the explosion in online campaign fund-raising being a very crude form.

Fundamentally, the people with passion for what they do will win over those in it for the money. It's not profitable to spend five, six, seven years investigating a story; the existing profit-motivated news organizations simply won't do it. They'll just throw another talking head on the screen. The people who will do it, are the ones with a higher calling than just money.

These are the stories people really want to see.

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Read the 1 comments.

N.Roizman:

and Canadians can't get TiVo either... so i'll trade you a Bell Satellite account for a TiVo account and we'll call it even, k?

Fri Aug 20 2004 1:20 PM


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