Monday, July 17, 2006

Coming to a Public Access TV Station Near You

Somewhere between the ranting preachers.

City attorney Doug Jarman's legal opinion about the cable franchise agreement concerning PEG (Public access, Education, Government) Channel 99 cleared the way for the airing of the film, "Loose Change ."

The documentary did not air in May, as officials previously had promised Nick Pretnar of Taylor Springs.

Mayor Bill Baran made the decision to ban the program.

That prompted Pretnar, a college student, to seek an explanation at the council's June 27 meeting. The mayor then sought a legal opinion from the city attorney.

Jarman said the present use of Channel 99 for public access programs like church services, sporting events and community parades indicates the city should either abide by PEG rules in programming or air no public access programs at all.

8 Comments:

At 17 July, 2006 08:29, Blogger CHF said...

Sucks if you're one of the 7 or 8 people who watch Public Access TV.

 
At 17 July, 2006 09:35, Blogger Billythekid said...

Anyone noticed this movie: http://www.severevisibility.com?

Totally inspired by Pentagon conspiracy theories.

 
At 17 July, 2006 09:49, Blogger apathoid said...

Of course, all the replies in the comments section of the linked article are crying about opression and censorship(suprise, suprise). But, is it still a freedom of speech issue when the local government is picking up the tab on the programming?

I think they are taking the self-described "documentary" for its word that it is, in fact, a documentary.
Do they have any idea about the dozens(hundreds?) of factual inaccuracies of LC, and that they would be sponsoring a film that is accusing the government of slaughtering thousands of its own with no evidence?

That said, I basically agree with some of the commenters. Let everyone watch it and then decide for themsleves if theres something to it. If they are too stupid to realize its propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, etc.. then that's their problem and it's probably the least of their problems..

 
At 17 July, 2006 09:55, Blogger Avery Dylan said...

Like, Hey, man, I mean, I hope they don't ask a lot of questions about the copyright issues, cause like I mean, not everything is like legal footage, I mean, like that helicopter shot? Do you know how much it costs to rent a helicopter, and like a Tyler mount? I mean, you can't just stick your camera out the window and take pictures, so instead of renting we just took it, from like another movie, but it's ok, 'cause we are eductional, I mean we give the video away, so the guy that paid for it I mean, how can he ask for it back?

 
At 17 July, 2006 10:04, Blogger apathoid said...

avery dylan(lol) makes a good point and I noticed this tidbit in the article...

"There is very little you can't show on public access TV," said Jarman. "We don't have the authority to censor."

There are exceptions for copyright infringement, commercial use and obscenity, he explained.....

Baran said the film would be broadcast on Channel 99 for one week, as originally requested.


So they unaware of the fact that the movie has been pulled off "the shelves" and the internet for copyright violations??

Maybe they should be made aware of this....

 
At 17 July, 2006 10:21, Blogger Avery Dylan said...

avery dylan(lol) makes a good point

Like hey, man, I mean ,that's why I'm here for ya.

 
At 17 July, 2006 12:52, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

Here is what bothers me (among other things)...

If these guys were all about "the truth" then why don't they just give the DVDs away. I am sure all their friends at Scholars etc...could fork the money over for the cost of the DVDs and pressing...isn't it worth it, I mean its all about geting the TRUTH out there isn't it....ya right

 
At 18 July, 2006 02:47, Blogger JPSlovjanski said...

Well it is public access, but here's the problem with "free speech" in America or anywhere for that matter. While the limits of "speech" are near-infinite, the amount of "channels" for that "speech" to be distributed is limited. That means bullshit like this takes up space that could be used for legitimate programs.

As someone who had spent well over $1500 dollars at Borders alone before I left the US, I was constantly pissed at seeing shelf-space taken up by sensational, poorly-researched, non-academic bullshit where REAL books by qualified experts could exist.

Because free speech is involved, it's a sticky issue, but someone has to address the issue of what free speech gets priority for air time or shelf space. I would love to see someone say this one day:

"I am sorry but your sensational, non-academic blatant propaganda piece won't be on our shelves this week. As soon as some space frees up we'll see what we can do."

 

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