If I started kvetching about that, I’d never be able to stop. (I wish I could retrieve all my posts on kvetch over the years and see if I still feel the same.)
But…. who IS Joey Lawrence??
Buried in work. My employer is not going commercial/private after all. Too bad. It would have been an awfully big adventure. Not that I would have gone along for the ride. It’s official. Well, in an almost sort of way. Prol has a new job. ‘s Funny, but on the day I said ‘yes’, I’m going to my ex-ex-employer for the 200th broadcast of Roughly Speaking, the global youth radio show I used to work for.
All week people have been asking me what I think of my company’s intentions to leave the Dutch public broadcasting system (VARA reaches its final decision this Friday), and become ‘private’ (commercial). And my answer has been: ‘The discussion is futile. It’s laughable how some Dutch broadcasters are arguing and bickering about being public or going private and on which TV frequency they should be allowed to air their programmes, and how they should stick together. What they should be planning is their future in the wired world. Cop on or go under. The Time Warners and AOLs of the world will take over, and Dutch public broadcasters won’t know what hit them.’ Today, SBS and Endemol Entertainment announced they are going in business with Planet Internet. So am I a visionary? No. Anyone without blinkers on would have realised.
To be honest, I think the public system is quaint, always has been. Rooted deeply in this country’s pillared society. It’s time we thought global rather than parochial. Try to explain it to anyone not Dutch and they’ll run in despair, covering their ears, shouting: ‘I’m not listening, I’m not listening!’
Prol saw Canadian Beauty…
How arrogant can ya get? What a load of bollocks. I don’t have a life at all. And neither do all the other Dutch loggers. E-commerce doesn’t take off in Europe that quickly because 1. we’re not used to buying things mail order (there’s no need, distances are short, shops are round the corner) 2. we don’t all have credit cards 3. telephone costs are too high.