I read with cautious optimism how six area town supervisors seek a reassessment of how our communities are served by cable TV franchises (March 4). Readers should take notice, however, of what this means, and pay close attention to developments, as this involves far more than use of public money.
Access to our media outlets was a hard-won victory. Since the dawn of cable TV, the people’s right and ability to be heard over the din of huge corporate interests has diminished greatly. At the same time, we are feeling increasingly detached and powerless from those who are meant to represent our interests at all levels of our government.
Any notion which seeks to "shift the focus" of public access TV to one that is a "government channel" is hardly a happy development, but since it comes as result of apparent disinterest by the public in the exercise of their rights (i.e. investing time and talent), our next best hope is necessarily that our leaders will keep in mind the history and purpose of the enterprise, and will seek ways to serve those interests.
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