Monday, August 18, 2014

Episode 13: What's the Big Idea?

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Today's big idea, nicely described by Episode 13: What's the Big Idea?, is an idea of hope.

Instead of pulling the perpetual public media double deal—begging with one hand while the other works the commercial sector for ads to run, the same lack of adequate public-commercial separation I lamented in Episode 10: Defined by Absence—why not let the donors decide on how many ads they care to hear by allowing donations to offset ad revenue needs?

This hope is sadly dashed when one realizes how the plan could, well, succeed, which would pose an existential threat to those dependent upon selling ads. Still, it's a good starting plan, provided the public media currently locked into the ad contracts and/or obligations stop obfuscating the issue and address it head on . . . which, given On The Media's "Who's Gonna Pay For This Stuff?" episode ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

We hear in this episode some disco snippets, a bit of dialog from Ben Stein's most famous role, outtakes from the OTM episode listed above, and a bit of "Cyberstalker" from Psychadelik Pedestrian.

Oh, and lest I forget, a delicious selection from like-minded YouTube ranters, folks obviously completely in line with the main themes of this here podcast, graces and enhances your listening experience. There's (wait for it….) Thomas!, the dude calling himself doubleheader, a guy named douglas, The Angry Aussie, and . . . a notable other. Sadly, this other has been deleted (as far as I can tell) from the YT line-up. Perhaps the ranter deleted this himself. Given the content—the delicious, delicious content—I doubt it, but there seems to be no way to find out, sadly.

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