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  # 2341378 21-Oct-2019 14:17
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Lias:

 

No, I just simply wish for those who want that content to pay for it, without a taxpayer handout. Where there is sufficient demand and sufficient profit, someone will produce the content. 

 

 

Can I suggest that someone of your beliefs may be much more comfortable living in a place like Von Ormy, Texas rather than NZ? It'll give you a chance to live your libertarian dreams (aka my nightmares)...

 

The latest Planet Money episode is on the development of this 'city' of around 1,000 people, which it describes as such:

 

Art Martinez de Vara had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, one with as few taxes and regulations as possible. That city is Von Ormy—a one-exit kind of place on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. On today's show, how Von Ormy went from being an unincorporated stretch of land, to a so-called "Liberty City."

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/18/771371881/episode-945-the-liberty-city

 

Really worth a listen, if just to see how far some are willing to push it.

 

 


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Lias:

 

No, I just simply wish for those who want that content to pay for it, without a taxpayer handout. Where there is sufficient demand and sufficient profit, someone will produce the content. 

 

 

Can I suggest that someone of your beliefs may be much more comfortable living in a place like Von Ormy, Texas rather than NZ? It'll give you a chance to live your libertarian dreams (aka my nightmares)...

 

The latest Planet Money episode is on the development of this 'city' of around 1,000 people, which it describes as such:

 

Art Martinez de Vara had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, one with as few taxes and regulations as possible. That city is Von Ormy—a one-exit kind of place on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas. On today's show, how Von Ormy went from being an unincorporated stretch of land, to a so-called "Liberty City."

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/18/771371881/episode-945-the-liberty-city

 

Really worth a listen, if just to see how far some are willing to push it.

 

 

 

 

Looks like Utopia from here!   

 

For the last few years, Von Ormy has been in near-constant turmoil over basic issues of governance: what form of municipal government to adopt, whether to tax its residents, and how to pay for services such as sewer, police, firefighters and animal control. Along the way, three City Council members were arrested for allegedly violating the Open Meetings Act, and the volunteer fire department collapsed for lack of funds. Nearly everyone in town has an opinion on who's to blame. But it's probably safe to say that the vision of the city's founder, a libertarian lawyer whose family traces its roots in Von Ormy back six generations, has curdled into something that is part comedy, part tragedy.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2341433 21-Oct-2019 16:22
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There is a serious flaw to your thinking. The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift. As our media vividly demonstrate, the more commercialised things get, the lower the quality. 'Sufficient profit' comes from dumbing down to the lowest possible common denominator. Quality is always a minority demand and it comes at a cost. A civilised society understands and accepts that healthy democracy requires an informed populace, and there are essential services that cannot pay for themselves and must be funded from the public purse, like roads, sewerage, and good journalism. In today's world, quality newspapers funded by static ads can no longer compete. We live in a television age and taxpayer 'handouts' are essential to ensure that we continue to have a functioning democracy. 

 

 

I have no issue with road and sewerage being publicly funded. It's exactly the sort of thing government SHOULD be funding, instead of wasting it on garbage... Now _maybe_ funding journalism should be something they do, but if you go browse the NZ on Air funding decisions it's pretty clear that it's is not where all the money is going. Instead the big ticket items on the first page are 400k for a coming of age story, a million a pop for 2 kids shows, and another million for a sitcom about school mums! Quality journalism this is not...





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  # 2341437 21-Oct-2019 16:30
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Lias:

 

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There is a serious flaw to your thinking. The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift. As our media vividly demonstrate, the more commercialised things get, the lower the quality. 'Sufficient profit' comes from dumbing down to the lowest possible common denominator. Quality is always a minority demand and it comes at a cost. A civilised society understands and accepts that healthy democracy requires an informed populace, and there are essential services that cannot pay for themselves and must be funded from the public purse, like roads, sewerage, and good journalism. In today's world, quality newspapers funded by static ads can no longer compete. We live in a television age and taxpayer 'handouts' are essential to ensure that we continue to have a functioning democracy. 

 

 

I have no issue with road and sewerage being publicly funded. It's exactly the sort of thing government SHOULD be funding, instead of wasting it on garbage... Now _maybe_ funding journalism should be something they do, but if you go browse the NZ on Air funding decisions it's pretty clear that it's is not where all the money is going. Instead the big ticket items on the first page are 400k for a coming of age story, a million a pop for 2 kids shows, and another million for a sitcom about school mums! Quality journalism this is not...

 

 

Art is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Your views on these programs are noted, however others probably disagree. I regularly watch programming no one else in my household enjoys.

 

Journalism is another contentious item, what you would view as being balanced, others will says is biased.

 

Either way, we don't need our culture dominated by US centric programming and government funding is the only way to preserve it.


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Lias:

 

Rikkitic:

 

There is a serious flaw to your thinking. The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift. As our media vividly demonstrate, the more commercialised things get, the lower the quality. 'Sufficient profit' comes from dumbing down to the lowest possible common denominator. Quality is always a minority demand and it comes at a cost. A civilised society understands and accepts that healthy democracy requires an informed populace, and there are essential services that cannot pay for themselves and must be funded from the public purse, like roads, sewerage, and good journalism. In today's world, quality newspapers funded by static ads can no longer compete. We live in a television age and taxpayer 'handouts' are essential to ensure that we continue to have a functioning democracy. 

 

 

I have no issue with road and sewerage being publicly funded. It's exactly the sort of thing government SHOULD be funding, instead of wasting it on garbage... Now _maybe_ funding journalism should be something they do, but if you go browse the NZ on Air funding decisions it's pretty clear that it's is not where all the money is going. Instead the big ticket items on the first page are 400k for a coming of age story, a million a pop for 2 kids shows, and another million for a sitcom about school mums! Quality journalism this is not...

 

 

Art is in the eye of the beholder.

 

Your views on these programs are noted, however others probably disagree. I regularly watch programming no one else in my household enjoys.

 

Journalism is another contentious item, what you would view as being balanced, others will says is biased.

 

Either way, we don't need our culture dominated by US centric programming and government funding is the only way to preserve it.

 

 

Thats what grinds my wheels. Im not aware that THREE is 100% Kardashians but thats the impression I get. FTA has a range of genres. Nobody watches 1, or 2 or 3 or the others, they watch a mix. But here,  all 3 has is rubbish. Im surprised they didnt go broke in 1986 if that was the case. 


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  # 2341481 21-Oct-2019 18:35
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Yeah there might be alot of duds(ie alot of the money that gets pumped into NZ Music that returns nothing or childrens programming) but putting 150-200M into it every year has obviously worked when the local screen industry now does 3.3B revenue a year and the Government has increased it's rebate incentives to the point where projects are being made here vs in the US typically. 

 

 


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  # 2341535 21-Oct-2019 23:28
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Rikkitic: The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift.

Not sure I can agree with this statement, this is certainly what the general public gets force fed and told they want.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2341553 22-Oct-2019 07:16
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I tend to find myself watching Australian SBS a lot now. I've always been a news junkie and I'd always been a fan of 3News until Weldon screwed the whole newsroom.

 

SBS World News in particular is fanastic hour of news that isn't focused on the trash we now have here. The problem however is like many other things that a product doesn't scale well to the smaller NZ market which is one of the major problems with living in a small country.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2341555 22-Oct-2019 07:23
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Rikkitic: The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift.

Not sure I can agree with this statement, this is certainly what the general public gets force fed and told they want.

 

If every program is KK and cooking shows then yes, but its not. Some love KK shows some love cooking shows (what's wrong with that?), some love a doco on the mating habits of the yellow crested gecko. Every channel offers a choice, you can choose.


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  # 2341671 22-Oct-2019 09:54
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sbiddle:

 

I tend to find myself watching Australian SBS a lot now. I've always been a news junkie and I'd always been a fan of 3News until Weldon screwed the whole newsroom.

 

SBS World News in particular is fanastic hour of news that isn't focused on the trash we now have here. The problem however is like many other things that a product doesn't scale well to the smaller NZ market which is one of the major problems with living in a small country.

 

 

I also watch a lot of SBS and ABC. Fundamentally we are not much more different from NSW than Western Australia is, yet somehow we magically find ourselves in a different 'region' when it comes to broadcasting rights. The archaic and pointless dividing up the world into different rights areas is purely greed-driven and serves no useful purpose in the modern age of instant world-wide communications. It is massively discriminatory against small 'regions' like New Zealand. Geographic-based distribution rights are nonsense but if we have to have them, at the very least small regions like ours should be able to join their larger neighbours. If we were part of a larger Australasian rights area, we would also be part of their economy of scale. Why shouldn't SBS and ABC also have an NZ news section? They do it for the Australian states.

 

  





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  # 2341673 22-Oct-2019 10:00
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Dratsab:
Rikkitic: The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift.

Not sure I can agree with this statement, this is certainly what the general public gets force fed and told they want.

 

If every program is KK and cooking shows then yes, but its not. Some love KK shows some love cooking shows (what's wrong with that?), some love a doco on the mating habits of the yellow crested gecko. Every channel offers a choice, you can choose.

 

 

My point is not that people shouldn't be able to watch crap if they want to, but that commercialism reduces the range of choice. What is the point of having different channels if they all cater to the lowest common denominator? Sure, there are exceptions, but they are exceptions, not the rule. That is why public service broadcasting exists. Oh wait, it doesn't exist here.

 

 





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Rikkitic:

 

tdgeek:

 

Dratsab:
Rikkitic: The demand is for Australian cooking competitions and Kim Kardashian's latest butt lift.

Not sure I can agree with this statement, this is certainly what the general public gets force fed and told they want.

 

If every program is KK and cooking shows then yes, but its not. Some love KK shows some love cooking shows (what's wrong with that?), some love a doco on the mating habits of the yellow crested gecko. Every channel offers a choice, you can choose.

 

 

My point is not that people shouldn't be able to watch crap if they want to, but that commercialism reduces the range of choice. What is the point of having different channels if they all cater to the lowest common denominator? Sure, there are exceptions, but they are exceptions, not the rule. That is why public service broadcasting exists. Oh wait, it doesn't exist here.

 

 

 

 

Yes, but what is crap to you is treasure to another. If we rated all shows 1- 10 then all channels have ranges that cater to those. Some may cater for certain demographics, which may suit you or not. There are a lot of genres, we can'r say the tdgeek is he standard we only show what he wants or this is only the Rikkitic channel. I hear what you say but we are all different. Reality shows must be popular, so they get made. Arguably, thats a correct decision if they do happen to be popular. Happily, there are many other channels/services to choose from that suit each of us better


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  # 2341712 22-Oct-2019 11:37
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JaseNZ:

 

Two words IMO

 

About time.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/116651709/jesse-mulligan-says-mediaworks-could-close-down-entire-station#comments

 

 

 

 

Agreed. I haven't watched TV3 / Newshub other than occasionally since John Key's mate, Mark Weldon, got rid of John Campbell.

The bits I've seen since are stomach churning garbage: Duncan Garner, Paul Richardson.......real dross.

Good riddance.

 

 





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  # 2341734 22-Oct-2019 12:26
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I am surprised anyone watches any of it.

 

 

 

We actually have no access to live broadcast type tv in the house other than watching it on a desktop computer or phone (and I don't think live tv is available that way, but might be wrong).

 

 

 

We have Netflix and Prime Video and that is it. It's been that way for about 2 years now and I really can't say I feel I have missed a single thing. I have not seen a TV ad in 2 years either which is an added benefit!






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  # 2341758 22-Oct-2019 13:24
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Geektastic:

 

I am surprised anyone watches any of it.

 

 

 

We actually have no access to live broadcast type tv in the house other than watching it on a desktop computer or phone (and I don't think live tv is available that way, but might be wrong).

 

 

 

We have Netflix and Prime Video and that is it. It's been that way for about 2 years now and I really can't say I feel I have missed a single thing. I have not seen a TV ad in 2 years either which is an added benefit!

 

 

 

 

I'm in the same boat, Netflix, Lightbox and YouTube Red. No other kind of TV at all. I do like Jesse on RNZ though. In fact I look forward to it most days when I have a long haul in the car!


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