The reddit Reaction
I recently posted a short observation piece on my llewblog about the awkward relationship that Red Dwarf had with the BBC.
It was a barely considered reaction to the fact that during the BBC 2’s current 50 year celebrations, poorly paid BBC researchers created lists of the top 100 shows from BBC2 history.
Obviously Red Dwarf never got a mention, I wasn’t surprised and it’s nothing new.
As is often the case when I mention anything about Red Dwarf I got a few extra hits on my blog. It averages around a thousand hits a day, it got 6,000 when I posted my short update.
Then reddit picked up the story and I got 38,000 hits yesterday and it looks like I’ll get close to that again today.
But this got me thinking.
It’s not about Red Dwarf as the reddit comments testify.
The virtual non-story of Red Dwarf and the BBC merely gives fuel to the fire for various groups and individuals who hate the BBC and what to see it destroyed.
These people are backed by some very powerful forces, the Murdoch empire and the current government to name but two, oh wait, maybe that is just one group.
Anyway, obviously it wasn’t my intention to have a pop at the BBC as an institution, merely highlight the odd and awkward, and indeed very English class based outlook of the management.
I’m a big supporter of the BBC, it’s a vitally important part of the fraying fabric of our society, it’s not market driven and that’s a huge blessing. It produces gigatons of programs every year, many amazing, some merely good and a few that are utter shite. It’s watched by billions around the world and everyone who has a telly in the UK pays for it.
The pressures on the BBC are growing, technology is changing, not everyone has a telly and I personally watch far more BBC shows on iPlayer than on conventional broadcast telly.
I’m sure it will change very dramatically over the next 20 years but I pray it won’t become just another commercial channel driven by ‘market forces.’
The ‘free’ market has shown us one thing above all others, wealth trickles upwards. That’s it. We currently have a genuine social and political crisis caused by the super wealthy taking everything and the rest of use scrabbling about trying to make ends meet.
The BBC and the NHS are the last remaining institutions that are not totally governed by the crude and increasingly failing nonsense we’ve been told to admire, the free market.
It’s not free and it’s not a market.
Yes, the BBC has a long and not always glowing history but what it represents is vitally important. It does have a collective inclusive spirit where we all pay for it and in return it will even pay for shows it doesn’t particularly like, such as Red Dwarf.