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I'm on a mission. A mission to restore sane television in America and a mission to revive America's public television system, PBS. And I need your help to begin doing it.

I'm launching the nations (world's?) first people-powered, people-funded, member-driven television production studio. This collaborative non-profit organization will be made up of thousands (millions?) of regular everyday people like me and you who want to have a say about television programming - a real, actual, collaborative say.

Together, we're going to find, discuss, suggest, review and vote on the new programming we most want to see on America’s public television network. Collectively, these thousands (millions?) of ordinary people will fully fund the production of these programs of social, cultural, artistic and educational value, one small dollar at a time.

But I don't need your money right now. I just need your vote.

See, this dream of mine is launching right around the time of Netroots Nation. In June. I'd actually LOVE the official pre-launch to happen at NN. I've never been and I've been promising myself for three years (at least) that I would go.

And now, it seems I've got myself into the contest for the free booth.

I'd love to be there meeting those of you with whom I've laughed and cried and argued and fussed over the years. And I'd love to tell you more about this dream, my dream of opening this studio and reviving PBS for the 21st century by finding, funding and producing exceptional, high-quality and entertaining programs that could compete with the best of cable and broadcast television.

This is my dream. This is my passion. It'll be a long hard slog. I know I will face skepticism and opposition (and possibly even hostility) within the public broadcasting landscape. Change isn't easy. But I'm ready. I'm passionate. I've thought it through. I've made critical connections. I've planned as smartly as I could. I know this can work and be a win-win-win for everyone: for the American public, for PBS (and its local stations), and for creatives and other content/programming producers.

I'm ready. And I'm asking for your help.

Simply vote for me at http://netrootsnation.org/...

And if you're so inclined, come check out the (still developing) PPPTV.org website and give us a like if you're up on facebook. Or check out some of the shows we're already considering for production (hint: the book review show is just about greenlit. We're hoping to go into production on that this summer/early fall). And leave me a note about what you'd like to see produced. I'd LOVE that.

Thanks in advance.

I hope to see you at Netroots Nation. And I hope I wind up having a booth there. I'd love to tell you the whole story of how I wound up at this place. And more, I really really want to hear your ideas and feedback about what you'd like to see more of o television.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

    by mdmslle on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 04:24:59 AM PST

  •  I am so excited for you! (3+ / 0-)
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    What a great project idea you have - I will be sure to check out the website.

    I will be going to Netroots Nation this year and I look really forward to meeting you!

    •  Thanks angelajean. I have been wanting to go (3+ / 0-)
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      for years and it's always been one thing or another that prevented me.

      I'm hoping to win a booth and actually get to meet you and all the other kossaks that I literally spend SO MUCH time with. Its crazy, ain't it? Then also, yeah, the booth. LOL.

      Thanks for your kind words about the idea. I've just spoken to so many producers who have great ideas for shows but can't raise the money to produce them. They're not looking to get rich, just make programing that they love and that has value in some way. Our public television is woefully underfunded compared to other countries and producers are forced to beg money from corporations to produce shows. This makes funding sketchy and unpredictable at best. I think, ultimately, it means fewer great productions for PBS and less and less relevance for public television in the eyes of the general public (and new generations of much needed supporters).

      Production equipment and costs have gone down a lot in the last 6-8 years. It's possible to get broadcast- and cable-quality productions for far less than ever before.

      I want to see PBS airing shows that meet its mission but are also entertaining and produced with high quality. It can be done. The conduit for funding has just not been available. I'm on a mission to change that.

      And ultimately, my hope is that we get more diversity of programming on PBS, less dependence on corporate dollars, attract new audiences (and donors) to PBS and make PBS the benchmark and leader in television it was when it was created.

      Thanks for your support.

      I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

      by mdmslle on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 04:50:30 AM PST

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  •  I've thought for a while that broadcast tv (3+ / 0-)
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    was a dinosaur just waiting for extinction.

    Why should scripted media be subject to a prescribed length, with commercials strategically placed? The story should be as long as it takes to tell, and the consumer should determine the viewing time. The Internet provices that freedom.

    How to pay for it? The advertising possibilities are golden. Let's say in order to watch something, you add demographic information - the amount of info you supply filters your ads to your tastes and needs. Start with zip code. Then, the advertisers can be local. A local restaurant or dry cleaners can provide you with advertising that previously they could only get, maybe, over radio.

    Or, the product could be provided pay-per-view like iTunes does.

    The point is, networks are just an unnecessary middleman between product providers and the consumer.

    Your idea's time has come.

    My new favorite RIGHT WING website: NewtCantWin.com It's what the RIGHT thinks of Newt! Enjoy!

    by pucklady on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 04:46:49 AM PST

    •  Thanks for your support, Pucklady. (3+ / 0-)
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      We'll be producing programs that will be broadcasting on PBS, which is the nation's ultimate Broadcast Network. And, yes, for some shows, we'll do internet broadcasting.

      Internet broadcasting is a great opportunity but the ability earn enough money to cover the cost of production is just not there yet.

      My mission with PPPTV is to fund production for PBS. It reached 99% of U.S. homes. So there's great reach there  - equal to the broadcast stations. So the question is, why isn't PBS getting the same viewership as other broadcast stations?

      There are lots of barriers that prevent inventive, well-produced shows from getting made. This biggest barrier is that show producers must raise their own money to fund production of they shows  they want to make. PBS is underfunding in America and there just not any money to fund actually programs being produced. (expect the big ones you are already familiar with).

      So the challenge is: how to make PBS relevant to entire generations of people who aren't currently watching (but who, eventually, PBS will need for financial support) and how do we get those shows out there?

      Why do all PBS' scripted programs (masterpiece theater and downton abbey) come from UK? We can be producing great scripted shows as well as excellent shows of social, cultural, artistic or educational bent. I hope you'll check out the show ideas we already have in catalogue. But the idea is for there to be TONS of great ideas in catalogue and for the people to decide what they most want to see.

      Thanks again for your support.

      I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

      by mdmslle on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 05:01:34 AM PST

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  •  I was going to say shoot the TV. But your idea is (3+ / 0-)
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    good too. ;-)
    I do like Free Speech TV and Current TV. They both have a way to go before they achieve mass appeal.

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. G.B. Shaw

    by baghavadgita on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 05:46:50 AM PST

    •  Indeed. We're focusing on entertainment (1+ / 0-)
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      not news. But we believe learning and enrichment can happen if people are entertained.

      People who want well balanced news and information have lots of sources: Democracy Now, LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV, Current, BBC (sort of), etc etc.

      But linking learning and enrichment with entertainment is how we reach the masses.

      So, for example, how many books and documentaries and programs have been produced about the Tuskeegee Airmen? A million. But it was George Lucas who created Red Tails that made it a mainstream discussion and exposed millions of people to a story they'd never have otherwise sought out.

      So what about a dramatic series about the greek myths? Or what about a dramatic series about  the french revolution? Or the inquisition? Or reconstruction? What about a cooking show  that celebrates sustainable cooking, responsible husbandry? what about a book review show that highlights the joys of reading and even, gasp, reintroduces poetry to the masses? What about a travel and culture show that highlights France or Holland or Chile or Turkey or Jordan or Egypt?

      We're focusing on entertainment programming because people watch TV to be entertained. There's no reason we can't deliver programming that fulfills the PBS mission without sacrificing ENJOYMENT and ENTERTAINMENT.

      Thanks for your vote.

      I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

      by mdmslle on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 06:30:57 AM PST

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      •  How about a show called "This Old Cave"? (1+ / 0-)
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        Way back before Wikipedia was invented, my teen-age brother and I were flipping through the Worldbook encyclopedia and saw a device called an atlatl. It's like a big wooden spoon that helps you throw a spear with much more power. We went down the hill, looked at the different trees available to us and settled on paw paw trees for our spears. We had a lot of fun. Would have had more if we could have found some mammoths.
        I read that a contemporary man would have great difficulty trying to figure out how to build something as basic as a bowstring from raw materials. I wouldn't know how to begin to make a string. So I would be interested in a DIY type show that really, really covers the fundamentals. Strings, bows, blowguns, fish hooks, fire-starting, boomerangs, lariats, pottery from raw clay, tent-making, stone tools, bronze tools, and a bunch of stuff that I haven't thought of. And mix it up: some episodes just experts showing how to do it; other episodes in which the experts show show some newbies how to do it then then the newbies go into the forest and camp and try to use what they've learned.

        •  Sounds like an interesting concept for a series! (0+ / 0-)

          The beauty of ppptv is that your idea for a show would be heard and considered by all the members! We could discuss ideas, tweak it, find a potential producer for it and actually consider using our collective pool of funds to fund it.

          I hope you'll stay tuned about ppptv. If you're on FB, like us there otherwise, I hope to see you at NN. And of course, if not, I'll announce the launch here.

          I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

          by mdmslle on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 02:35:04 AM PST

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  •  You need to join Facebook to vote? (0+ / 0-)

    Looks wonderful. BookManiaTV! (Unexposed looks v. fun, too. And dramatic greek myths? Yow! Gotta keep my kid hooked as he moves on from the Percy Jackson books ...)

    You should paste your comments here into the blog on your website! (My only other comment about the website is, I want to know who the people are behind the idea, but can't find anything like that.)

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 07:03:08 AM PST

    •  Hi Gussie! (0+ / 0-)

      It seems like NN is only accepting votes via FB likes.  :(

      Yea, the websites still in development. There'll be major changes to it over the next couple months.

      As far as who is the idea behind it, that'd be little old me. And my husband. On The updated site, I'll share my story and my motivation for doing this. And why I'm so passionate about seeing it through.

      It really is a grassroots style broadcast production studio. At least that's my vision for it. Our goal is just to get a few thousand (or tens of thousands or more) people contributing as little as a dollar a month or as much as 30. Or any amount they choose. So we can make collective decisions about great show ideas to fund for PBS.

      Thanks for the kind words about BookManiaTV and unexposed. I'm excited about those two shows, myself.

      I promise to keep my kos family informed as we progress.

      I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

      by mdmslle on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 02:42:40 AM PST

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  •  Sorry I don't do facebook and that's the only (1+ / 0-)
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    way to vote...

    Apologies.

    But good luck anyways.

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 07:30:33 AM PST

  •  I solved that problem nearly 50 years ago (0+ / 0-)

    Threw my TV away.  I have never paid a fucking dime for TV or cable or any of it.  

    Don't like TV?  Don't have one.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 07:41:07 AM PST

    •  Did you even read my diary? Take 3 minutes (0+ / 0-)

      and try reading it. That would've been a good thing to do. I'd be interested in your feedback about my idea to return quality programming to television through this ppptv.org effort, which will create great tv for the (free) public broadcast system.

      Realistically, most people arent going to throw away their tv.  And what's on it has the power to shape society and perception and attitudes. My mission is to use that power to create a better world, not to ignore the medium itself.

      I challenge you to actually read the diary, not just the headline.

      I need your help for the NN booth for People-Powered Public Television (ppptv.org). Please help me out with your vote! CLICK HERE

      by mdmslle on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 02:47:38 AM PST

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