It has taken us centuries of thought and mockery to shake the medieval system; thought and mockery here and now are required to prevent the mechanists [technocrats] from building another.

Dora Russell,* The Right to Be Happy (1927), preface. (*see sidebar)

Saturday, April 22, 2023

A Pictorial History of the CBC, et al.?

The Offending Twitter Bird

Recently the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was offended to the point of de-twittering itself because Twitter had labelled it as “government-funded media” — to the tune of $1.2 billion CDN$ or 69% of its budget.* CBC did not dispute the 69% funding, but cried foul (over the fowl label) because: 1) Canadian broadcast law ensures CBC's independence; and 2) a large gov't. appropriation committee votes on the (“public,” but not government!!!) funding.

But let us consider: 1) how much “law” has been totally ignored in the past three years (nay, centuries) in furtherance of power-plays and flawed narratives? 2) how often has public money funded government malfeasance worldwide without prolonged, intense, media scrutiny and exposure? and 3) how much history, human nature, and power-abuse do we pretend doesn't exist in order to deny the reality of this?
Cartoonist: Art Young | 1919***
Repurposed by SMS | 2022

Twitter has apparently, without explanation, now removed the offensive (yet true?) label. CBC is pondering its wounded options.**

SMS note: Yes, CBC does have some great national and local programming, but too often, especially in news and narrative, programming seems to be the operative word.

* CBC ‘pausing’ Twitter after ‘government-funded media’ label, By ROB GILLIES, April 18, 2023 |
Canada public broadcaster's Twitter account labeled '69% Government-funded Media,' By Steve Scherer, April 17, 2023 |
** Twitter removes 'government-funded media' tags, blue checks, The Canadian Press · Posted: Apr 21, 2023 |

***Art: Arthur Henry Young (January 14, 1866 – December 29, 1943) was an American cartoonist and writer. He is best known for his socialist cartoons, especially those drawn for the left-wing political magazine The Masses ;between 1911 and 1917. |
Repurposed by SMS 2022: 1) “CAPITALISM” replaced with “Deep Global”; 2) replaced country names on entire scroll except for crossed-out ones. (For those who may not know, JP x 3 is for the two+ JPs of AwakenWithJP (Sears) |; and the other is for Jordan Peterson |
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Attribution: Art Young, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Date: 1 May 1919
Permission: Public Domain
Author: Art Young | 1866 – 1943