Sometimes it feels like our technical knowledge has smeared us, like a palette knife, across an unfortunate expanse of time.
When broadcast radio first arrived in people's homes in the early 1920s, astonished listeners, we are told, exclaimed: "Well what do you think of that, Martha! It's just like the orchestra is right here in the parlour!" Or, words to that effect.
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Amid the current abundance of watchable, nay addictive, TV series, there's Mozart in the Jungle. Très, très amusant. It's about love, hate, humour, misery -- and music -- in a fictional New York symphony orchestra.
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Gloria Allred, the Hollywood lawyer for some of Bill Cosby's sexual assault victims, told a press conference that he isn't Dr. Huxtable, as if it would've been OK if he was. I'm afraid I differ. Huxtable, who Cosby played on the hugely successful Cosby Show from 1984-92, was also a manipulative fraud and imposter.
Flipping channels Monday night, I was amazed at what caught and held me. I stopped flipping for -- the Emmys! What the %&$#?@! I hate awards shows. I totally concede to the mavens who dismissed this year's Emmys compared to the Video Music Awards the night before on grounds of red carpet, performances and a dazzling ending with Beyoncé en famille.
What gripped me in the Emmys was the list of nominees (excluding categories like Outstanding Hairstyling in a Single Camera Miniseries). I don't even care who won. Winning is usually a lottery based on criteria like vote-splitting among other contenders and sentiment. (Breaking Bad was an inevitable winner because it ended this year.)
A a not-for-profit organization is proposing to the CRTC that it, instead of Videotron, should manage community TV in Montreal. Videotron is one of Canada's four big cable and telecommunications companies. The Steering Committee for an Independent Community TV Channel (ICTV) for Montreal says that Videotron’s existing MAtv-branded 'community channel' fails to meet the conditions of its CRTC licence to "reflect the official languages, ethnic and Aboriginal composition of the community." The group’s complaint also argues that MAtv airs no programs made by the general public, and offers virtually no training in media production skills to the public.