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August 20th, 2005

Current TV

So the new channel Current launched recently, and I’m curious what Pingers think of the idea. The concept is that videos are created by viewers and sent in for airing on television. Every video is called a “pod”, and can run the gamut, but the idea is that people can report on what’s interesting to them.

Today’s schedule includes a segment on the life of a pizza delivery guy, the Challenger disaster, and genocide in Sudan.

I haven’t seen Current, but I’d definitely give it a try. Of course, it probably isn’t up to the high journalistic standards set by the Ping.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 10:39:18 pm
How is this different than public access?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 11:51:31 pm
It sounds like there may be some sort of editorial process in place, which public access generally doesn't have. It's also on a national level, rather than local.

FROM: Judy [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday August 23, 2005 -- 7:36:06 am
Current TV replaced the News World International channel, which was run by the CBC and showed newscasts from all over the world. It was an excellent way to get news without the American slant and I miss it terribly.

I can't watch Current TV for more than ten minutes (a pod and a half). Also, the pods repeat over and over and over. Japanese suicide? Seen it. Couple with new baby? Seen it. Homeless people in LA? Seen it. Challenger disaster? Seen it.

Although I'm older than the Current TV demographic, even I can tell it's a lame attempt to be hip and cool by people who are neither. Very much like Al Gore.

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