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  •  Revoke ABC's network license (9+ / 0-)

    I think the time has finally arrived. They no longer serve the American public.

    •  Pipe dream (4+ / 0-)
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      but I admire the sentiment.

      Essential funk: 'Indictment' by Antibalas

      by pontechango on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 08:25:20 AM PDT

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    •  Networks aren't licensed... (7+ / 0-)

      only individual stations.

      Networks own a number of stations, however.  There used to be a limit; but I'm not sure what the more-recent rules are. But there are way more stations that are "affiliates". There are actually surprisingly few federal regulations about networks.

      Be that as it may, I have the perfect solution to this whole thing. Don't watch TV. Advertisers hate irrelevancy.

      I can't begin to tell you the last time I watched a show from the old broadcast networks. I can't even tell you what TV shows are on ABC, CBS, NBC.  I know one network has a show about surviving something, and another one has a show about worshiping idols or something like that (Kelly somebody or other?). Oh, and Martin Sheen used to be a much-more competent President than the "real" one. I've never watched any of those shows, so I'm not sure.  

      TV just isn't interesting anymore. Maybe some HBO/Showtime shows (Rome; Band of Brothers) or the Discovery Channel (MythBusters-I love it when they blow up stuff). But mainly not.  

      Plus, life is just too short to spend 1/3 of every day lobotomized.

      The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

      by kmiddle on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 08:32:46 AM PDT

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      •  OK, now you're bumming me out... (0+ / 0-)

        ...but you're absolutely right about licenses. Man, the corporations really have their stranglehold going. I actually spend most of my time at the P.C. working. get-up work, go to bed. Repeat.

      •  small point: syndication (1+ / 0-)
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        license denotes limited or exclusive rights to reproduce (terms of modification to and application of the original property).

        scholastic is a licensee.

        syndication is reproduction or distribution of the property in toto to multiply buyer/renters. hence, we see a property (episodes, single articles) broadcast over and over again, often on different channels, different times within a weekly period.

        abc (parent co. disney) is a syndicator and licensor.

        if the property is popular/controversial/novel, everyone involved gets paid (royalty). over and over again.

        jess sayin. if we want to fight fire, gotta be conversant with the combustibles.

        Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

        by MarketTrustee on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 10:00:25 AM PDT

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