The CRTC and Dementia
Situations creep up on us when we’re goin’ about our business, not payin’ much attention to anythin’ in particular. Then all of a sudden we notice somethin’ we hadn’t seen before an’ say, ‘HOLY CRACKERS, this ain’t right.’ Happens all the time.
One o’ them things is dementia; the gallopin’ affliction affectin’ people around the world, not just in Canada. Statistics about it vary accordin’ to who puts ‘em together, but no question, it’s fast becomin’ the number one hazard to our very existence.
That’s all well an’ good, an’ there’s plenty o’ people workin’ on ways to cope with the thing that robs people o’ their memories an’ cognitive skills. An’ there’s also lots o’ people workin’ tirelessly to give aid to these people in their dilemmas.
It’s a huge problem that I don’t wanna talk about except as it relates to the government. An’ it is leakin’ into our government too. They got this department called the CRTC that regulates everythin’ what goes on in radio, TV an’ everyone an’ everythin’ associated with it. Far as I know it’s a huge big department that got it’s eye on every move that anybody in the business makes. They’re like a giant police department what tells everybody what to do, how to do it, an’ how much they can charge for their services. So you’d think they’d have control over what gets shown on the TV.
Well they might have that control, but what they’re missin’ is the quantity of programs the stations got to offer. I mean, how many times can you watch Victor Borge before he ain’t funny anymore, or how often must you watch Stephen Segal arrest the same drug dealers? Even Peter Mansbridge’s interviews with celebrities bein’ played three times a day get pretty boring. It seems these stations have about three programs that they play over an’ over, sometimes a few times on the same day. What – do they figure we won’t remember from one minute to the next what we just seen – that we all got dementia so it just don’t matter? Or are they tryin’ to promote the condition?
What it appears to be is what each of the TV stations have done is to buy maybe ten programs an’ then fit ‘em in between equal amounts of time for advertisin’ an’ figure that’s good enough for the viewing public. Well even the advertisin’ has got stale. It’s about time in my mind, for this big department to do an assessment of itself to make sure it ain’t suffering from memory loss an’ make an effort to provide opportunities for the talent that is out there to display its wares if it wants to continue existing. At least that’s how it seems to me from up here on the top shelf.