Again, a self-indulgent post of things I need to check out - although enjoy if you're also interested in thinking about public service media, the BBC etc..
From OpenDemocracy's series on Public service futures. All the hits and more, including:
"A leading British economist takes on the free market argument, and insists public service broadcasters are as necessary for a healthy society as fresh air."
"Andrew Graham?s argument is seductive but wrong. The British experience shows public service broadcasting is wasteful, patronising and too close to power. A diverse, efficient future is coming ? thanks to the market."
"Social purpose is indeed essential to broadcasting ? something ignored in the recent ?market farces? of the UK sector. But funding sources and methods are still crucial in judging performance and value when the public?s money is being spent. The emotional preference for the public over the commercial sector inhibits the rational assessment of either."
"Democracy needs probing and accessible broadcasting news sources which commercial stations are unlikely to provide. David Elstein?s strong case for marketplace virtue remains at the level of potential. But, concludes the media co-editor, the shadow of audience tune-out threatens us all."
"McKinsey's report on public service funding is an useful read and very supportive of the BBC - I wonder who paid for it?"
"The debate about public service broadcasting has been conducted in a pre-web frame. The whole argument is being altered by the experiences of new forms of public information as we go digital, says the British Film Institute?s head of education."
"The core arguments against the way public sector broadcasting operates in the UK are restated by the media section co-editor: excessive cost, inefficiency, and (in the context of a fragmenting audience) anachronism. By the valid criterion of good value for public money, BBC and Channel 4 simply do not cut the mustard."
"The old David Elstein understood what the new one has seemingly forgotten, that an obsession with cost leads to the worst of both worlds ? inefficiency as well as an erosion of the creative spirit. It is time to rethink."