wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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All by itself, this justifies the $8.95 a month.

Hugh Hewitt declares, The Revolution Is Upon Us. Fortunately, I don't have to run home and grab Masha and a box of ammo. The article refers to AOL launching online video of the following shows:

Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Alice, Babylon 5, Beetlejuice, Chico and the Man, Dark Justice, Eight is Enough, F Troop, The F.B.I., Falcon Crest, Freakazoid, Freddy's Nightmares, The Fugitive, Growing Pains, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Head of the Class, Histeria!, Kung Fu, La Femme Nikita, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Maverick, The New Adventures of Batman, Perfect Strangers, Pinky and the Brain, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Sisters, Spenser: For Hire, V, Welcome Back, Kotter, and Wonder Woman.

Hugh is amazed that they've got F Troop on there, considering it "the most politically incorrect show ever made." Me, I'm just grateful that I'm getting a shot at catching up on a bunch of shows whose DVD sets I can't afford for the foreseeable future. Anyway, Hugh goes on to cite this as the beginning of the end for the networks as people become more and more able to download whatever they want to watch from the Internet whenever they want to watch it. It'll work the other way, too: people can also upload stuff, and will do so more than they already do. Podcasts and internet radio are just the beginning. As Ed Driscoll comments,
the idea of New York and Hollywood dominating pop culture may begin to fade with a speed that will only grow expontentially.

There are a lot of us, not all in the ranks of the social conservative movement, who will see this as a feature, not a bug.

EDIT: On the other hand, as Gnat's Dad reminds us, we've heard this song before about a different medium, and it wasn't true then, either.

In any case, newspapers are dead, the experts assure us. Pity, but these things happen. Media rise and fall. People move on. Why, once upon a time, millions of Americans got their news and opinions by listening to the AM band of the radio. AM radio! Really.

Who could imagine such a thing today?
Tags: culture & politics
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