“I have a stream” (DE)
In a free-flowing ad hoc monologue Mr. Seliger will be introducing his 2nd bull’s eye «I HAVE A STREAM. Für die Abschaffung des gebührenfinanzierten Staatsfernsehen» (In favor of the elimination of fee-financed state television) tonight. Although his thoroughly informed and passionate plea reflects on the situation as it relates to our next-door neighbor, it nevertheless hits a pretty inflamed nerve here as well. In brief, the conclusion is that conventional television programming has long ceased to provide the democratic, social and cultural content as mandated by law. And it keeps digging its own grave because somewhat duplicitous the mass medium now emphasizes consumption over culture, diversion over education, propaganda over information. In his dead-on observation and analysis, Mr. Seliger concludes that today’s TV wants to make a buck by feeding nothing but Valium to stressed-out viewers. Because of that shallow concept and other aspects all indications point to the conclusion that conventional linear TV will soon be nothing more than a blurred memory in many an abused brain. However, remember Peter Finch in the satirical movie about the TV industry «Network»: «I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!»? That was 40 years ago…
What’s next and is future TV programming going to be any better, Mr. Seliger For one thing we got exiting new technologies. The title of his new book «I HAVE A STREAM» might be an indication of what tonight’s informal - and entertaining we might add - reading is leading to. Stream on, dreamer.
Berthold Seliger is an author and owner of a well-respected concert and artist representation agency. He lives and works in Berlin.