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Public Television - 2017/01/19
Way back when I wrote a post on the TV, and my loathing for the box that resides in every person's home. However, it is a reality that the TV forms a part of people's daily lives, and that there is not much that can be done in that regard to stop people from watching it. However, this does not stop public institutions from using them as a medium by which to promote culture, education, and quality content.

In Spain there are public television channels (along with private ones), however they are filled with what is mostly garbage. The Spanish public television is divided into multiple channels for multiple regions, and practically everything that is available on them is trash. This is what happens with the Spanish public television competes over views with the private entertainment industry, all the content turns into absolute garbage.

Therefore, in order to use the TV as a tool to educate people and enrich their culture, I would argue that the public TV channels need to stop competing with the private channels. To do this, first they must unify in order to save resources, Spain in a poor country that should not be wasting so much money on entertainment as it is, so unifying all the channels into perhaps a couple national channels would be ideal to ensure that we are not needlessly wasting resources. The objective should then be to completely change the content of the channels so that they only show quality and educational content. This means lots of documentaries on a wide variety of subjects, quality films (not shit that comes form the sausage factory of the entertainment industry), and if foreign films are displayed then make sure they are subtitled and not dubbed (in order to promote language learning among the population).

Another very important element is the promotion of these public channels, and the best way to do that is via a price tariff of all private channels. Such a tariff could then also be used to fund the public channels. The key part of putting a price tariff on the private channels is that some major channels can simply take a hit if you tax them as a company and will continue to provide their service for free (since they mostly earn their profits from ad revenue anyways), however with a price tariff these private channels will always have a price that the consumer must pay directly (and monthly). This would then remove incentives that people have to watch the lower-quality and garbage content that they're used to since now they will have to pay a price for it as opposed to the public channels which give high-quality, educational content.

This is by no means going to make the world change, however if everyone is going to have one of these cretin boxes in their house the least that could be done is to incentivize quality educational content.


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