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Kit
- 847 days ago - truth-out.org
The descendants of those pathfinders are the independent filmmakers whose works have not only re-energized the motion picture industry but also have vastly expanded the realm of the documentary -- in both the scope of its storytelling and the size and->



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Kit B. (277)
Monday March 26, 2012, 12:19 pm

Neither of us is old enough to have been fooled by the Trojan Horse (see Wikipedia). But we each have been working in public television decades enough to remember the days when distribution was handled by physically transporting bulky 2-inch videotapes from station to station — “bicycled” was the word — and much of the broadcast day and night was devoted to blackboard lectures, string quartets and lessons in Japanese brush painting: The old educational television versions of reality TV.

Yet it also was a time of innovation and creativity. As the system evolved we saw bold experiments like PBL — the Public Broadcasting Laboratory and Al Perlmutter’s The Great American Dream Machine, each a predecessor to the commercial TV magazine shows 60 Minutes and 20/20. The TV Lab, jointly run by David Loxton at WNET in New York and Fred Barzyk at WGBH in Boston, nurtured and encouraged the first generation of video artists — Nam June Paik, Bill Viola and William Wegman among others — and the early documentary work of such video pioneers as Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno of the Downtown Community Television Center, Alan and Susan Raymond, and the wild and woolly, guerrilla camera crews of TVTV.

The descendants of those pathfinders are the independent filmmakers whose works have not only re-energized the motion picture industry but also have vastly expanded the realm of the documentary — in both the scope of its storytelling and the size and diversity of its audience. Public television has faithfully provided an enormous national stage where nonfiction films can be seen by far more people than could ever buy tickets at the handful of movie houses willing to put documentaries up on their theater screens.
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By Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | Op-Ed | Truthout |

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Anna L. (81)
Monday March 26, 2012, 12:28 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

Val R. (230)
Monday March 26, 2012, 1:25 pm
PBS is important and needs to be kept "clean" and "true".
 

. (2)
Monday March 26, 2012, 4:02 pm
I dont' have time for PBS or any other television programs except the news which I watch at McDonalds.

I'm too busy doing important things, Care2, my studies, working on me to become a better human being, spiritual exercises, etc.

Hey, I'm 69 going on 70. I dont' have time to squander.

If I knew this was my last day on Earth, how would I spend it?

 

Kit B. (277)
Monday March 26, 2012, 5:16 pm

If it's news you want Zee then PBS is your best source, through the many documentaries and programs like Frontline, people can accurately learn some facts.
 

Patricia N. (8)
Monday March 26, 2012, 11:11 pm
When finding what's on TV I always check my two PBS stations first. It t has the only decent programming on TV. The rest has so many commercials
 

Mary L. (138)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 1:16 pm
Thanks Kit. I've gotten increasingly concerned about the corporatization of PBS.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 3:11 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Nicole Gorman (38)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 3:54 pm
Did I miss something or does this whole article boil down to trying to keep two television shows on the air?
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 4:10 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Michael T. (82)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 5:43 pm
IMHO These are two very worthy pieces of television to spend time with. Thanks Kit. Still can't figure out if I can somehow sign the open letter. I tried though.
 

Diane Piecara (14)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 5:46 pm
I love PBS...as far a TV goes, it's all I need.
 

Anne F. (17)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 7:01 pm
A ready place for independent documentaries is an important part of our society. Thanks for posting.
 

Ray M. (0)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 8:57 pm
NPR has the best news of all. Their Morning News is excellent along with other news programming/commentary throughout the day/evening. Just happy we still have it available to us even though the despicable republicans are trying as hard as they might to get rid of it. They hate the truth.
 

june t. (63)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 10:12 pm
I enjoy a fair number of PBS shows.
 
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