Although I still agree with much of Mark Pesce’s take on the Future of Television, Stephen Fry neatly sums up the worth of the BBC in an interesting speech he gave:
You know when you visit another country and you see that it spends more money on flowers for its roundabouts than we do, and you think … coo, why don’t we do that? How pretty. How pleasing. What a difference it makes. To spend money for the public good in a way that enriches, gives pleasure, improves the quality of life, that is something. That is a real achievement. It’s only flowers in a roundabout, but how wonderful. Well, we have the equivalent of flowers in the roundabout times a million: the BBC enriches the country in ways we will only discover when it has gone and it is too late to build it up again. We actually can afford the BBC, because we can’t afford not to.
(Photo: Povoa_de_Varzim on Flickr)
I don’t really blog about advertising or marketing, though it seems to be one the most popular blogging subjects. I usually read Iain’s Crackunit for witty insights into the digital arena too.
But Seth Stevenson’s There Are 12 Kinds of Ads in the World is a great analysis of TV advertising genres along with some classic spots (mainly courtesy of the world’s video archive, YouTube). You’ll end up playing spot-the-format from now on.
It reminded me a great deal of George Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations, which still remains a classic foundation of many a plotline, which is as good a place as any to start if you’re thinking of writing fiction, by the way.
Via Social Design Notes
So, I’ve been playing with Joost a bit and it looks like it’s going to become something pretty near to an alternative to television. At the moment it’s still a bit too cable channel for me – it’s somewhere not quite as weird and wonderful as YouTube and of course not the level of normal TV production. But it’s getting there…
In any case, I’ve got invites – as many as I want apparently. So if you want to try it out, let me know.
If you’ve no idea what Joost is, check their (pretty nice) promo video below, or visit the Joost site: