File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 181

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 09:15:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Puptcrit] PBS- history and future

Regarding PBS I came across this recently.  Politics aside, I recommend
reading it- it's a first hand account of how and why PBS came to be, and
some thoughts on it's future.

To me the best thing about PBS is that it 'lives' outside of commerce.  I
feel this way not out of some personal anti-money sentiment (Heck, I enjoy
a dose of The Home and Garden Channel now and then ;-) ), but rather
because I agree with Moyers that some things that are worthy don't
necessarily have commercial value, but should still be shared and
experienced (anyone remember Alive From Off Center?) in order to enrich
our society as a whole.

Again, I do recommend reading the article this links to- lots of food for
thought on trying to balance aesthetic and cultural value with commerce. 
Also again, I think each (Commerce vs. Culture/Aesthetic) has it's
contributions to make and it's place to be in the world- this isn't meant
to be an economic or governmental rant or anything like that.

Eric L.

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