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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 29 August 2001 01:28 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just read that CBC Newsworld is running old episodes of This Hour Has Seven Days. Investigative TV journalism at its best, and not likely to be repeated any time soon.

I also wanna see Patrick Watson blowing cigarette smoke into the faces of his victims. Hehe.


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skdadl
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posted 29 August 2001 02:45 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, m'boy, it's been so much fun the second time around, except I've been afraid to mention it outside the senior's home -- didn't think you'd care ...

Some of it is jarring, by which I guess I mean I jar myself, because I'm looking at stuff I thought then was soooo outrageously cool but now looks more than just a bit awkward ... But the gems are there. Laurier Lapierre sheds a tear every once in a while. (That used to get him debated in Parliament!) They've started in on the Munsinger scandal, which might mean that this Sunday coming we'll get the famous, hilarious film of Larry Zolf at Pierre Sevigny's front door, failing to get an interview, but then pursued as he leaves by M Sevigny (in housecoat?) brandishing an umbrella ...

What I really hope is still to come is the night they set up a debate between Trudeau and Levesque, then both still pretty much unknown outside Quebec -- essence of tension -- surely they can't leave that one out. You've already missed the Hal Banks scandal and the KKK guys in full sheets to the wind.

One thing I remembered fondly was Dinah Christie singing the week's news to the tune of the Worried Man theme. First surprise of the repeats was how long it took them to develop that wrinkle -- wasn't in the first shows, which also had different hosts. Second surprise: how contrived that sometimes seems now -- she doesn't always look comfy, although Laurier and Patrick still look as though they're drooling over her. Check the hair. We used to look like that!!!


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rasmus
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posted 29 August 2001 02:58 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mediaboy --- nooooooooooooooooooo! Cable no! No program is worth the price of admission.


Geez I know I'm going to get flak for this.

[ August 29, 2001: Message edited by: rasmus_raven ]


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 29 August 2001 03:04 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No worries. I ain't giving Roger's $17 a month just to get the few shows I actually want to watch. I'll stick with my rabbit ears.
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skdadl
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posted 29 August 2001 03:08 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, so, ok you guys: tell me about this new satellite stuff. Would I be liberating myself if I cocked a snoot at Rogers and fell into the waiting arms of Bell Xpressvu?

(Kisses from my new laptop to yours, m'boy. -- Ew! girl laptop germs!)


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skdadl
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posted 29 August 2001 03:10 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PS: rasmus is a healthy young person. He does not know of the dark nights of the soul that some of us crickety persons enliven, however pathetically, with the shadows of American public broadcasting, available to us no other way but through cable, sob ...
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skdadl
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posted 29 August 2001 03:13 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PPS: OK -- youngish.
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rasmus
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posted 29 August 2001 03:15 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, skdadl. What would save you is to organize a therapeutic neighbourhood TV smashing day. Get everyone to come together in a park or parking lot and take crowbars to their TVs. If you have a dish, you can use it as a large frisbee. Well actually I sold my TV off last year and never have missed it since. What I hate about TV is the sound, and in particular the soundtracks. For that reason I hate being anywhere near a TV that's on, unless I happen to be watching something unusually absorbing. The one thing that is actually better about European TV is that it doesn't fill every microsecond with soundtrack. There is actually a fair amount of silence.


I really see very little redeeming in TV. Whatever is good in it can be gotten elsewhere.

Boy ain't I ridin' a high horse today.


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 29 August 2001 03:21 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There are advantages and disadvantages to both technologies. Satellites have a higher installation cost, and you need a separate receiver for each TV. You also don't necessarily get any local channels, but you do have greater freedom over what channels you'd like to buy. Also, is Bell really a better company to buy from than Rogers? I've heard nearly as many horror stories about Bell's customer service as I have about Rogers'.

Unfortunately the company went bankrupt, but for a while Look Communications had the best option. You put a little dish on your roof, but instead of pointing it at a satellite you'd point it at the nearest microwave tower. It was way cheaper than a satellite dish and you got a lot of the same freedom to choose your channels. The downside was that you had to be within line-of-site of a microwave tower. Microwaves don't go through buildings, hills, or trees. The other downside is that the company's bankrupt, and you can't get the service any more.

Being on the 24th floor of my building, I get plenty of channels with my rabbit ears. I only miss cable for a very small number of shows.

And yes, I think Rasmus is on a very high horse. All things in moderation. There are plenty of things that are better expressed via the moving picture than through the printed word. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

[ August 29, 2001: Message edited by: Kneel before MediaBoy ]


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free radical
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posted 29 August 2001 03:34 PM      Profile for free radical   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
skdadl:

If its PBS you want cable for, forget it. PBS is nowadays a near total loss, even since the first Bush administration took a lot of its funding away. Before that its programming justified its existence.

And I never watched its main news show (MacNeil/Lehrer) because I don't pay any attention to the daily news. Unlike Hegel, who read his morning paper daily because it was a kind of "realistic" morning prayer, I'm not very religious.

BTW the Knowledge Network (BC's PBS, as it were) has also gone downhill since 1995. I can't explain that.

Here's what I do. First I get a GOOD guide to weekly programming and then sit down and circle each program that MIGHT be interesting. And then sometimes I watch it when it comes on but most of the time I tape record it to watch as I see fit.

I follow Passionate Eye documentaries (three different series!) on Newsworld, Investigative Reports on A&E (only one in ten is worthwhile nowadays), Witness on CBC TV or Newsworld, the rare one on PBS, and the very best show on TV, Barrie Zwicker's Media Criticism on Vision TV Monday And Thursday evenings on its "Skylight" program.

I'm really looking forward to the September start of a whole network dedicated to documentaries.

I also watch the occasional classic film or play or even the rare poetry show. And Allan Gregg's 26 interviews with various thinkers, etc was excellent. Boy, does he know how to interview! (yes, I know he was a pollster for the Tories) And Bravo carries some good "arts" stuff.

What else? Hold on to your chairs! My "guilty pleasure" is "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." I love answering the million dollar question which I did three times in a row. So there.


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 29 August 2001 03:42 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I still like PBS. The quality of PBS totally depends on the individual PBS station though. The station I watch gets a LOT of membership money from Montreal, so it can afford to buy better shows.
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