Viewer Doesn’t Appreciate USTV Humor

February 20th, 2006 by Andy in Viewer Commentary & Response

A viewer writes to comment on UnCommon Sense TV’s take on George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address (see the USTV List of Programs for more details).

Is this just some bizarre attempt to grasp at the success MST3K had — but with political footage? I’m not altogether amused, but then again.. I detest politics.

Give me little robots and B-movies anyday.

Dear Viewer,

Gotta love those geeky robots! The point here was to use the MST3K format to comment on the 2005 “State of the Union” speech by George W. Bush. This was not a completely stand-alone production, but a special created by the producers of the UnCommon Sense TV show, which airs on public access in the Dayton, Ohio region on Sundays at 6pm. Our usual format is more conventional: We sit at a desk and talk about issues with some additional sound and images to reinforce the points we are making.

I also hate politics, (and would rather spend my time listening to DEVO, Sufjan Stevens, Theivery Corporation, and the Dresden Dolls or reading Robert Anton Wilson novels) but experience has taught me that I cannot run from politics. NEVER FORGET: You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you. If you don’t use your rights, someone else will be happy to use them for you.

Culture, music, food, business, media, entertainment, sports, education, and money in this country are all intertwined with politics. For instance, the channel where you saw Uncommon Sense TV exists because in 1976 the FCC required that cable television companies provide public, educational, and government (PEG) access broadcasting services to the communities where they do business.

Also, programming like the SciFi Channel, MTV, Food Network, ESPN, CNN, and all the other special interest channels exist because of ‘bundling’ of cable packages provided through the cable distributor. It used to be that most of what cable services provided were local channels from other cities. All the Turner channels and CNN grew out of this background. The original appeal of cable was to provide TV to communities that only had zero to two channels. Cable was discouraged from even operating in the big urban markets. So if you care about what you have the chance to see on TV, hear on the radio, or access on the internet, pay attention to politics. They regulate the media, and often they do it in ways that help their friends make money, NOT in ways that make it better for you.

Are you going to college or planning to? If you are intending to get student loans, know that they only exist because of politics. Do you like safe tap water? Know that it only exists because of politics. Do you like getting breaks at work? Know that employers are only required to give them to you because of politics. I could go on, but you get the point. You SO need to pay attention to politics.

Ed Lacy
USTV Media

PS: Speaking of Science fiction, did you see Dark City?

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