Your Obligatory CBC Post for September 2008

I’m still for some reason listening to CBC Radio One.  Mind you, I’m not as hung up on that particular Crown Corporation as I was a few years ago.  Years of the company having no damn clue what to do with its many parts can do that to a company’s reputation.  You may have heard about the relaunching of CBC Radio 2, which is just swapping middle-of-the-road presentations of classical music for, uh, middle-of-the-road presentations of Ron Sexsmith.  Oh, Buck 65 has a weekday show.  I’ll stick to Carbonized, thanks.

Somehow 2’s relaunch and the elimination of the CBC Radio Orchestra caused outrage among classical music fans.  Blah blah dumbing down blah blah right-winger thinks the CBC should be eliminated yada yada Air Farce is cancelled and CTV owns the rights to the Hockey Night in Canada theme, so nothing new in MotherCorpLand.

I decided to check out Search Engine‘s blog for shits and giggles.  I was surprised by the fact that the show was still on, albeit as a podcast.  Two things I noticed while listening to Search Engine:

1) Jesse Brown talked about the 2008 Canadian federal election – largely an ineffectual popularity contest between a boring Albertan, a boring Francophone and a boring man with a moustache – by saying that Canada is retarded.  Granted, he qualified that statement by saying that the political parties’ sense of Internet savvy was current for 1999.  Why he didn’t just say that is beyond me.  The segment came across as Jesse Brown wanting to be edgy, but finding something to backtrack on if someone objected to the use of the word “retarded.”

2) All the problems that Search Engine had in its first season exist this season – some pieces being basically non-stories (Gabe Carini runs for Prime Minister through MySpace, a PRWeb story if there ever was one), Brown’s forced-seeming attitude, and CBC shows using CBC as a topic.  Granted, Brown’s only put out two shows this season, but this show needs to be more gonzo, less self-absorption.

Also, The Tea Makers is back under the control of blogger/accessibility expert Joe Clark.  Being one of the most vocal CBC-related blogs, there’s the requisite bitching about CBC management, discussion about Search Engine, those fucking Allan posts et cetera.  I guess some people are giving Clark shit for not being as witty as “Ouimet,” the previous anonymous packet of data running that blog, but I dunno.  I don’t notice the difference.  It’s still whiny in spots and has always come across as people complaining about CBC not adhering to high ethical standards/mandate/what have you.  Sometimes The Tea Makers is good, and other times it’s navel-gazing shit.  It’s still far more entertaining than Shelagh Rogers or DNTO.

Cameron Archer

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Cameron Archer runs this site, and is a freelance arts writer. He has contributed to Canadian Screenwriter since 2011. He is a CMG Freelance member.
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