The Alabaster Sock

We Will Fight the Threat with Fighting

Posted by Matt on February 1, 2011

Hey, I mentioned the CRTC yesterday morning, so why not again today?

Basically, the CRTC has spent the last month or so making every possible wrong decision.

My take on the CRTC: for every complaint I hear about Canadian content from my friends (and really, if the local rock station weren’t mandated to play mediocre Canadian music, do you think the quality would suddenly shoot up? Fuck no, there’s plenty of mediocre music from all over the place to fill the void), there’s a real, legitimate complaint about the CRTC, mostly about how they are obviously compromised to the nth degree and are enthralled to the industries they’re supposed to regulate. I mean, they aren’t stopping consolidation, even when it’s pretty obvious that all of these corporate buyouts are what made the idiots like local rich jackasses the Aspers lose all their money and be forced to sell or close down all of their smaller markets, leading to things like my dad losing his job (by the way, the Shaw purchase of Global only reminds me of how not long ago the two were at each other’s throats over how much money everyone should be getting for must-carry TV. I guess the cable guys have figured out a way to get around that problem). They barely make sure the television and movie industries keep up on their end of the bargain by actually, you know, funding Canadian-made movies and television shows. I’m sure there’s more, but I’m not feeling like digging it up.

So, yeah, this comes as no surprise. The cable companies (who now conveniently own the major TV broadcasters) want more money and get the CRTC to let them go about limiting and charging people in a most ass-backwards approach to providing the Internet. And while they’re at it, don’t hold their news shows up to any journalistic standards, either.

Fuck ’em. Burn it down and put some people in charge who won’t kowtow to the corporate tyrants.


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