|Writing a new book on 'Rights'?|
From what I've seen the American companies are those that are strongest in straight Capitalist enterprises and I anticipate with curiosity of how the entertainment giant Discovery (via Eurosport)will come to terms with the acquisition of Olympics rights -this will begin to affect much of Europe from 2018 onwards.
Much of the discussion around the BBC's future in the UK remains (it seems to me) ideological with those who wish to see more market forces in play but there's a danger that such manoeuvres favouring 'Free enterprise' will limit the ability of Great Britain PLC to have a distinctive voice and to be a World Player.
The idea that a diminished BBC will benefit UK viewers or native Media businesses seems to me a naïve and unsophisticated analysis of consumer behaviour with respect to 'liberalisation' - I am on such topics reminded of a truism from my University studies in Mass Media - the value laden use of the term, de-regulation should often be replaced by re-regulation and the forces promoting such changes should be critically judged.
The limits of the State
|You can learn more than just the aesthetic of 'Design' from the course|
Balancing the above I do recognise that for most of my life i.e. for more than 50 post war years the UK was a strange blend of Socialism and Freedom under governments of both Tory and Labour hues.
I'm enjoying learning about 20th Century Design - from what I would say is a deeply personal view by the Artist Nick Pearson at nearby OPEN Ealing.
Reading last weeks' always engaging notes the idea of how pervasive the state was immediately after WW II hostilities ended was summed up by the act of the eventually to be Prime-Minster Harold Wilson when at the Board of Trade.
Wilson effectively banned the then UK Vogue editor from mentioning Dior for fear of encouraging profligate use of fabric in the country.
This is the sort or rule one can imagine in North Korea or Iran but seems out of Kilter in a 'free Country'.
It's great to see that the History of Design encompasses so much and through finding out we are able to consider such diverse influences as the effects of New Synthetic Materials, Hollywood and (of course) Modern Art.