What does this question have to do with a quiet Sunday afternoon? Well I just tried to find some viewing to chill out to on a lazy Sunday afternoon, that’s what! And here is what I found:
A political Hollywood movie about 1950’s entertainment. It is a movie within a movie where males dominate. It tries to portray these “poor suffering communists” – well, they were labelled that, and where women play an accessory role. Men were the ones with all the power, and that continues until now “ever thus”. Hence, the continuing emesis that spews out from that location.
Do you know that there are so many examples of TV shows on our Australian TV channels to this day, that were abundant when I was a child, adolescent or young adult! And I am 67 years old now! It is all recycled American trash! You want some examples – well here goes!
“Two and a Half Men” – a misogynistic series which popularised Charlie Sheen and ran in the early 2000’s still defiles our TV as well as the bucolic “Friends”, “Seinfeld”, the “Simpsons”, “M.A.S.H.” and “Frasier”. It makes me physically ill to even mention “Cheers” – the star of that show is now in his 70s! Now, I’m not saying they were completely inane – I loved some of them – but how relevant to us here in Australia? Zilch! Nada! Zero! And even more so now, Australia has become more defined and developed in our identity and culture. And they differ vastly to that of the Americans!
It’s not as if we don’t have quality Australian series that we could recycle as effectively!
Television commenced in the United States and in the United Kingdom before World War II. The two countries developed radically different industry models, which were based on the models each used for radio broadcasting. British broadcasting was entirely controlled by the government-created broadcasting corporation, the BBC, which derived its revenue from compulsory viewer licence fees. The United States adopted a commercial model, based on privately owned stations and networks that earned revenue by charging for advertising time, with public broadcasting forming only a minor component of the larger system.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_in_Australia
Yes, Australia did also receive much TV from the UK – primarily the BBC. Shows such as:
The world has been “dumbed down” over the past 50 years and it has taken its toll! Thankfully there is still the ABC (only just!!) and offerings from the BBC and other UK outlets. Otherwise Australian TV consists of commercial drivel and imported effluent from the US! Oh, we do have SBS – thankfully – and SBS Movies which does provide a selection of European and Asian offerings such as:
Now with cuts to the ABC, television is indeed in dire straits! Particularly local content.
But then I’m just a Barmy Boomer reflecting on what seemed to be “better times”.
Thank God we have Tim Tams and Penguins!
Cover photo “Operation Buffalo” ABC TV.