Is Public Access TV Still Relevant?

Monday, August 25, 2008

In the era of YouTube and other citizen media like blogs, online social networks, and wikis, is public access television still relevant? Dan Gillmor is author of We the Media; Dee Dee Halleck is co-founder of Paper Tiger Television.

Do you watch public access TV? What changes would you like to see?


Dan Gillmor and Dee Dee Halleck

Comments [5]

albertine from Washington Heights

Love your post and citation from Universal Declaration. Right now in the US, clearly individuals 'opinions' in the US are mediated by a commercial interest system masquerading as a media system, that fills our minds with rubbish so we'll buy more junk at Walmart, follow along in the 'keeping up with the Jones'es' mentality, and also won't even question the system we live in or the politicos and cronies who run it and benefit the most from it. I definitely believe the private owners of these companies are tainting us and creating the divisive culture we find ourselves in now, by dominating the airwaves and newspaper pages with divisive unreflective speech. This is definitely not the fourth estate envisaged by the Founders, nor the practice described by the Universal Declaration. The FCC is the biggest fraud right now!

Aug. 26 2008 06:32 AM
Sean McLaughlin from Eureka, California

While we are actively creating the next generation for public, education and government access media - it is important to remember that most people are still watching TV over cable/satellite/broadcast services.

So, we need to underscore the fundamental principles of media access - broadcast/satellite/cable transmissions are utilizing public spectrum and public rights of way.

We cannot abandon the public interest and allow ONLY commercial interests (the "market") control all the access to our media. It is necessary to retain the public policy principles of public interest set asides of bandwidth/spectrum for public purposes.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 (UN, 1948)

Aug. 25 2008 09:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

With all this talk of the creative commons, I suddenly find myself thinking of the old rhyme, "The law will punish man or woman/Who steals the goose from off the common/But sets the greater felon loose/Who steals the common from the goose." (I'm pretty sure that's public domain by now!)

Aug. 25 2008 01:56 PM
Peter from Brooklyn

The NSA spends $$millions (billions) on determining our social networks - why do it for them for free?

Aug. 25 2008 01:45 PM
Chris Hall from Durango

Distribution via the access TV channel will soon become irrelevant as viewership moves to on demand via the internet. But access to the tools, training, and facility to produce video programming will always be relevant.

Content will always be king and even more so as we have more to choose from. There will be no reason to watch something just because it is on.

The are hundreds of channels of crap out there including access programs. The networks are going to loose big time and they know it. The small nitch producer will be the least affected because they will always keep their audience.


Aug. 23 2008 06:26 PM

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