...if BroadWave is mainly run by minority groups, is it still going to cater to the non-minorities?
This is irrelevant and impertinent, but did anyone else get a cheap laugh out of the fact that a cable company run by women is called BroadWave?
Anyway, if it's supposed to be a comptetitor to the established cable companies I imagine it would offer the same line-up of channels they do. As far as your notion that
...catering to minorities is only going to piss off non-minorities...
that's a little hard to buy. I, for example, being very-pale-white and all, tend to skip past the BET channel on those rare occasions when I can stomach watching TV at all, but I can't say I am particularly offended by the fact that it's there in the line-up to be skipped over. If these BroadWave folks present the Caucasian majority with, say, three or four BETs to skip over, I hardly think that will be too great an imposition for anyone saner than Klansmen to tolerate.
The mere fact that there may be new competition is this seller's market is almost certainly good from the price aspect. That means it's good for us, the consumers. However, if it were just another company dominated by rich white investors, then we would have no reason to believe that it would significantly expand the range of topics which are acceptable to broadcast.
For one example, check out the big news agencies's coverage of the ersatz power shortage in California. Why, to listen to the big four news agencies go on, you'd think the primary cause was that those profligate Californian consumers simply use too much electricity! Do you seriously expect, for example, CBS (I mean, Westinghouse) or NBC (that is, General Electric) to provide you with the viewpoint of the opponents to the power generating firms which have so carefully orchestrated that "crisis"? That's why it's makes it even more interesting that this potential new player might have a built-in institutional bias which diverges from the bias of the existing mass media corporations. It could mean that in addition to all the mainstream pap that comes in over the standard cable channels, there will also be a market for investigative TV reporting that the big four currently simply refuse to broadcast.
Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net
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