With #OpBBC planned for 1st June 2013 to bring to the attention of the executive, staff and members of the public concerns regarding paedophilia and the grooming of children, the TV tax, tax dodging, the dissemination of truth and a range of other issues it is worthwhile trying to understand the legacy applications and the dynamics at play within the state broadcaster that currently prevent transparency and to have an open dialogue about the BBC’s place in the 21st century and internet age.
We shouldn’t let Savile and others legacy be the dismantling of the BBC as it is as British as a cup of tea and produces world-class natural history programmes, sporting coverage and documentaries and without incessant advertising and other forms of commercialism. But it is compromised by other factors, mainly state control and groupthink.
We need to understand how the BBC works and forensically examine where the blockages to transparency are occurring and rectify it.
As paying customers it shouldn’t really be the job of protesters to ensure we aren’t handing over hard cash only to be lied to and to have twisted wizards groom us from childhood and illusionists try to sabotage our minds through the Eastenders program-me, the CBeebies program-me, the 6 O’Clock News program-me, the Newsnight program-me, the Question Time program-me and of course the Jim’ll Fix-it programming.
One suggestion would be to transform the Programme to the Program. Television is a medium where you just sit back and passively soak up an illusion of reality induced into an alpha wave state of mind as your brain mistakes pixels for atoms and compression ratios and algorithms for form and movement.
The programming is already breaking down. Where once there was a solitary television channel now there are millions. Where once everyone had to watch a certain programme at a certain time – now you can view at your convenience. Where once you were trapped in your living room or bedroom – now you can watch anywhere you like.
What we really mean though by ‘reprogramming the programme’ is for the public – interested groups and individuals to collaborate with the BBC to create software tools and frame-works that make it more difficult for any hidden agenda to twist the truth. The BBC should also look to involving citizen journalists and hyper-local news to provide a broader picture of what is happening in the world. This should not be seen as a vast transitory slave workforce to be exploited however.
This will look a lot different from stage-shows like the QT programming where questions as well as answers are carefully scripted, the same panellists appear again and again and audience members are hand-picked.
Imagine a feature for example whereby in real-time every utterance from the talking heads that appear on debate shows and news programming was checked and verified against trusted data-sets that could indicate when they are lying?
The BBC should work with the public in making its vast archives freely accessible, searchable and shareable thus enriching the commons. This would also act as a distributed archiving solution that would help to ensure material is not lost forever by single points of failure.
Whilst we have concerns as to elements and policies within the management of the Beeb we are also in no doubt there are hundreds of honest creative people who are already thinking about or even working on similar minded projects within the corporation or in their own time. It would be informative to hear what they have to say.
If we don’t program then we will be programmed at will by the hypnotist that skulks in the corner of the living room. This is why they call it program me.
We don’t really want to hear your agenda-based opinion on the news we just want the facts. We don’t really want you to decide what is news in the first place as we think censorship should be censored. Data is King, let it speak instead.
1630s, “public notice,” from L.L. programma “proclamation, edict,” from Gk. programma (gen. programmatos) “a written public notice,” from stem of prographein “to write publicly,” from pro- “forth” (see pro-) + graphein “to write” (see -graphy).
General sense of “a definite plan or scheme” is recorded from 1837. Meaning “list of pieces at a concert, playbill” first recorded 1805 and retains the original sense. That of “objects or events suggested by music” is from 1854. Sense of “broadcasting presentation” is from 1923. Computer sense (noun and verb) is from 1945. Spelling programme, sometimes preferred in Britain, is from French and began to be used early 19c.
So by its origin all software should be open source.
The BBC should still be a people-powered institution, just tempered by incorruptible and transparent software protocols that the people whether they be British or our brothers and sisters around the world can call upon in times of need when their voices need to be heard and cause for truth and justice defended.
We need to ensure the opposite is not the case where the all-powerful state uses it to spread lies, to censor dissent, to fiddle with our kids and to mind control us all.
Some suggestions for reformation of the BBC
To stop competing with commercial channels in light entertainment – talent shows, reality tv, Monarch programming etc
To rediscover principles of public service
To give the license fee payer more of a say in how the institution is run by appointing members of the public onto the Trust or abolishing the Trust altogether for a more socially equitable mixture of people
To trim down executive salaries to more realistic levels of remuneration. The more you pay someone, the less they think they have to do especially when supping from the teat of the tax-funded sacred cash-cow of neverending milk and honey
To make their tax structure more equitable and in keeping with their own rhetoric
To open the archives for forensic examination by the public
For the EU funding to be forbidden by contract. Why should their millions, which is really our millions, outstrip the billions the British public hand over in the expectation we will get unbiased news coverage and not propaganda from a Vassal of an imploding federalist super-state?
To explore other revenue generators and cost savings with the mind to cut or abolish altogether the TV tax