lets make a point here, ok?
heads up: some NSFW language, but you won’t get to this at work, right?
taken from an email sent by 170millionamericans.org:
If H.R. 1076 becomes law, many local public radio stations, particularly those in rural areas, would have difficulty continuing to provide the news, public affairs, and other high-quality programming millions of Americans rely on every day.
ok, the bold part…this is a missed little gem of a case point to make in an argument to keep public media on the air but its wasted by not enforcing a plain fact. Rural America does not have the digital infrastructure that allows for free information consumption and sharing as in other parts of the nation.
this little gem is often overlooked by those charged with making this very point.
That a teen in Norman, OK has an IPhone who can listen to any NPR affiliated station via an application, can watch PBS shows on it, hell, can even make calls on it, does not equal free information for all of the United States. Nor does it mean that rural areas of America are better off without ‘wasting’ their tax dollars ($1.30 a year per citizen, but i doubt its really that much) on federal support of Public Media.
I know the nation has “tried” to increase its broadband technologies in the last few years but like any industrial trend the growth is being dictated by the market. some folks just dont need to be able to watch snl via hulu on sundays.
and if you look into the recent past, even tech writers recognized the lack of strength in the work that had already been done. Countries much smaller, and yes, poorer, have much stronger broadband systems in place that make Comcast, AT&T, BrightHouse, & other ISPs look like, well, shit.
know where we rank in the OECD’s excel sheet of developed nations with broadband systems? Here, I’ll tell you who we’re behind:
- United Kingdom
Yea. we come after Germany. we fucking paid to have that country rebuilt after bombing the shit out of it. We had some good reasons for it at the time but the USA had a jump on ‘em for a while. And who’s that way above Germany? Korea.
Korea has their junk together and will provide incredible service to their citizens while we wait for 30 second clips to load on youtube.
So to get back to the point - when some guy in DC decides to let (if you’re a member of an active affiliate) YOU pick up the tab to support what is budgeted at FRACTION OF THE MONEY WE SPEND ON OTHER THINGS…
so no. its not just about serving those in rural areas… its about a lot more. its about still hearing about the war, still hearing that teachers deserve decent pay, still hearing that people read books, still hearing that people need help, still hearing criticism of the president, still hearing honest reporting, not hear commercials every fucking 4 minutes, still hear a voice that keeps them in their car an extra five minutes when they’re on their way home from a hard day of work, still hear good advice about new music, or old music, still hear about other Americans.
i can see how that would get annoying after a while, keeping in touch with what the hell is going on. but we wouldnt want those in rural areas to hear it. right?