Posted by cshoelaces on April 24, 2000 at 09:31:45:
In Reply to: Politics posted by Jon on April 23, 2000 at 23:57:57:
: First of all, the United States is the Great Consumer of the world. It's the greatest collection of opulent people on earth - people who can't LIVE without three phone lines, a second car, a second TV, and (now)internet access. It imports EVERYTHING to satisfy the insatiable masses. The balance of trade is staggering. But there is probably ONE product/service - besides food, when we're not paying farmers to leave their fields empty - that the U.S. has traditionally exported. That's entertainment. THE Great American Export.
Excellent point! I agree that it is important for the entertainment industry to make their concerns known to the government. Doesn't the Animation union, SAG, etc. employ a lobbyist in Washington? Recently, I have written several letters to my representatives about this PBS/Nelvana issue. I have not recieved a single response. What do you think we need to do as a community of arteests to make our concerns known to the public? To get the positive media coverage we need? Is it possible to question the media machine without offending those in power? Every day comedians like George Carlin and Dennis Miller question the inconsistency's within our society through humor and entertainment. Why can't the "animation community" do the same? Or is that term a complete oxymoron?
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