"We don’t expect the government to subsidise beer or Nepalese cuisine, so whycinema?"# Cinema is cultural. I'd expect the Nepalese government to ensure that there is always a school of Nepalese Cuisine in existence. The Nepalese are a good example of a culture being overrun deliberately. The difference between forced migration of Han chinese into Nepal and US culture squeezing Aussie culture out is not much. The effects are the same. The motivations are just a sinister.
"There’s nothing wrong with being elitist and bourgeois. There issomething wrong with being elitist, bourgeois and socialist."
# Ahh, but what about being an elitist, bourgeois, nationalist?!(What's wrong with being E, B and socialist anyway?)
"I don’t care what peasants want to watch,"
# Well I do because they are MY peasants! How do you turn peasants into something better? Education. I am suggestink zer Kultural Education, mein herr.
"as long as I don’t have to pay for crap that bureaucrats think will be good forthem."
# This is a specious argument. The commercial networks make their revenue from ads. The cost of ads is passed onto the consumers. Either you pay for government funded stations by taxes or you pay for the commercial stuff when you buy the product. Either way it is you who ends up paying. You end up paying for stuff that someone whose concern is for profit chooses for you.
"Nah. You mean much good stuff that you like - but nobody else does - getsburied."
# There's plenty of stuff that I don't like, yet feel a warm glow over knowing it exists. If other specialists can get their niche then it means I get mine. Quid pro quo and all that.
"However, if enough people are like you, there is a market."
# Not if they never actually see the market. Most stuff never gets to the market. The drek is far too over represented. Face it: the movie studios and commercial networks are not about the free market: they are financially incredibly conservative. The established market never delivers the next 'best thing'.
"and some bold capitalist movie executive player *coughs*at Universal Studios put his balls on the line *coughs* and greenlighted themovie. "
# No. Some guy actually did his freaking job, you mean!
But that just proves my point. He put his balls on the line to get something good out, ergo the current market doesn't support this sort of quality. It rewards non-quality.
TripleJ has done more for Australian music than all the other stations combined. Sure, the local community stations play their part, but in terms of bringing the goodies to the masses the only station that does it is JJJ. Where is the commercial equivalent? There isn't. Despite the fact that JJJ repeatedly promotes bands who can then stand by themselves in the market. This is the model I'm talking about: a state funded program that introduces quality to the market. The 'Unearthed' program has been astoundingly successful. This is not because mindless beaurocrats are running it but dedicated people who actually care.ABC television would also be a great example. How come the ABC consistently has good quality australian comedy, yet the commercial networks fail again and again? Because the commercial networks aren't interested in quality. if it doesn't work in two weeks, it's dead - and even then they are using an established formula with the same people: nothing new! Australian drama too.
Yes, I am worried that we have very little new Australian culture. We need to turn away from that mythical past of dusty bushrangers and Anzacs, and look forward. There is no reason why Australia shouldn't be the number one producer of all forms of research and technology. We need to change our culture to being this bastion of all things good rather thanhaving all our best and brightest decamp to overseas. The first step in this is remaking our artistic culture because that is how the vast bulk of people relate. Australian stories for Australian people to make the Australian future.The pay off in [horribly unfair :-)] govenrment funded comes in 20 years time when we are the world pioneer of alternative energy technology.The studios and networks have no grand vision. That is why we can't rely on them.
If 14 year old girls want to listen to shithouse RnB then at least let them listen to Australian RnB.