The Future of TV

October 31, 2005

Foreign Dispatches:

The future of television is clear to see – ours is going to be a one-world, one time-zone planet, with the market segmentation and foreign syndication schemes of the past relegated to the dustbin…Contrary to the gloomy imaginings of the instinctively protectionist
and culturally insecure elites of nations like France, the advent of
this new paradigm will not lead to a homogenization and Americanization
(which is, by definition, "evil") of global culture, but an
unprecedented and breathtaking increase in the diversity of viewing
material that will be available to audiences which have formerly had to
make do with sheltered and unimaginative local fare…

And the sooner the better, as far as I’m concerned.


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