Sunday, April 15, 2007

Start the Revolution

It wouldn’t be all that hard to convert this blog into a small TV show. A DV camera, Final Cut Pro, Quick Time and I would be in business. And if enough of you click on those ads at the side and bottom of this page, I just might do it. It would be extreme narrowcasting, the audience would be only people who cared about me, but it would be computer television. I could call it Narcissus TV.

This is yet another version of the future of film and TV. Why can’t we have all have our own TV stations? I could link to all the TV shows I like- I have watched Lost on my computer- legally and for free at ABC.com. I can watch live baseball games at MLB.com. Budweiser has Bud.tv and GE has GE Imagination Theater on its website. A former student of mine has Godcam.tv http://www.godcam.tv/ an episodic show. I am not talking You Tube here, these are legitimate original programming. Who needs the networks or cable?

In 1961 Newton Minnow, FCC Chairman said this, “But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and-loss sheet or rating book to distract you--and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.”

Has anything changed, except we have more channels of nothing?

In honor of Patriot’s Day, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriots_Day let’s start the Narcissus TV revolution. Are you with me or agin' me?

PeterH

9 comments:

Wonder Woman said...

Narcissus TV- very appropriate, I think.

PeterH said...

It can be a great thing when you catch your own reflection. I am glad you like the title- now click on those ads!

PeterH

The Imaginary Diva said...

So, true, because of podcasting, we are now able to produce our own "radio stations". Wouldn't that be a real trip to have your own tv station....

Star Trek would live on forever..... :)

PeterH said...

Diva,

Thanks for stopping by. I think we are there. As a challenge to myself sometime before June 1 I will blog a TV station.

Stay tuned.

PeterH

Wonder Woman said...

Yeah, I heard you like looking in the mirror. (I know I'm good looking, but I wouldn't consider myself a narcissist.)
It really will be awesome to have blogged TV stations. I look forward to seeing yours.

PeterH said...

WW,

Just click on those ads and your wish will come true.

PeterH

mrliteral said...

The sign of a true independent: self-promotion.

Seriously, though; a plethora of legitimate, original programming, made possible by expedient technology, may actually be a major improvement, in one way, on modern broadcast television...because the end of the line is the discretion of the individual viewer, or lack thereof.

TV relies on large numbers; sometimes good shows get cancelled because no one's watching. One person with a video blog may have zero viewers, yet keep posting. It's up to the individual viewer to separate the wheat from the chaff, just as it's up to the individual creator what is created. Everyone enjoys themselves, no one gets hurt, and we all spend just as much time fooling around instead of working.

Which reminds me...

PeterH said...

Mr. Literal,

Very good comment. One of my only blogging rules is to keep doing it. If I do it well and consistently someone will show up.

I will post some TV soon.

Until then click on those ads! (My new mantra).

PeterH

Maria & Stefano said...

I think it's a great idea...go for it...I will be watching;)

Thanks for stopping by at my "place";)

Maria