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  •  Negative consequences were merely (2+ / 0-)
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    Quequeg, Agathena

    hinted at. I wasn't the only person to have this reaction. Comments on the "America Revealed" page at PBS.org were in accord with my reaction.

    I hope you show your class "The Story of Stuff" as well. That's a great illustration of how things work.

    I may tend to see politics because I majored on Politics.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 09:02:21 PM PDT

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    •  I think many people today are aware of the (0+ / 0-)

      threat associated with industrial food and the environmental threat associated with the cattle industry particularly the feed lots.

      "The Story of Stuff" is a great documentary.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 04:09:17 AM PDT

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      •  Which is why I wondered about the (0+ / 0-)

        necessity to show how feed lots work if many people already know about them. When I visited Epcot Center, I felt the presentations ended just when I thougt they were getting started. "America Revealed" seemed kinda Epcot to me. I expect more depth from PBS.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 06:34:06 AM PDT

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    •  PBS is honestly stuck between a rock and a hard (2+ / 0-)
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      Place. Relying on big corporations for production funding has its cost. And I agree that it's not only sad, but dangerous that our public television system is so at the mercy of big business for its sustainability.

      If you think the show was bad, google America's Heartland whose sponsor is Monsanto.

      I encourage you to check out my soon-to-launched non-profit http://ppptv.org, formed because many many producers cannot find funding to produce great shows. This hurts PBS in many ways but hurts the American public exponentially.

      You'll notice that we have a show in our "under consideration" line up that is all about fresh, local, sustainable cooking and agriculture. It's called Let's Eat Freshand had a great line up of guests for the discussion part of the show. But the show lacked the funding necessary to get produced.

      Hopefully, ppptv can change that. It's long overdue and unless something changes, America will lose its public television network. Viewers just have so many options for eduction and entertainment now. If PBS cannot begin to attract the under 40 set with any regularity, and give them programming they like and value enough to contribute financially to stations to support, they're toast.

      •  Wow! Thanks for doing something to help (2+ / 0-)
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        Public Television! Agree that PBS is between a rock and a hard place--just where Republicans and coporate America want it. So Democrats need to work to get more public funding for Public TV. If my tax dollars can pay for faith-based abstence only sex ed in schools, why can't go to public TV?

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 08:43:03 AM PDT

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