By Bart Beaty
What’s on television? In Canadian tv this present day, authors Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan discover the present demanding situations and matters dealing with the English-language tv in Canada. tv in Canada has lengthy been one of many valuable conduits of nationwide identification. yet has it saved velocity with the quickly altering panorama of Canadian tradition? After proposing an outline of the most concerns and debates surrounding the Canadian small display, Beaty and Sullivan provide their feedback for the way forward for the medium. They argue that during today’s globalized global, Canadian tv might be a extra becoming mirrored image of Canada’s multicultural society, embracing a broader diversity of languages, cultures, and viewing innovations. Visualizing the capability succeed in of a revitalized undefined, Beaty and Sullivan convincingly illustrate the promise and risk of Canadian tv that serves the cultural wishes of all its voters.
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The crux of the problem – at least to those who continue to see it as such – is that by and large, Canadians in overwhelming numbers watch American programming more than homegrown fare. For this reason, the debate over television in Canada has tended to be shaped by the perceived threat of the United States and its globalizing homogenization, and also by the notion that American programming is a cheap succour for passive audiences who simply won’t watch what’s good for them. 18 B E AT Y A N D S U L L I VA N As we have noted, Canada’s attempts at creating a cohesive national identity tend to work within strategies of distinction rather than deﬁnition.
To that end, it not only enshrined the CBC as the national broadcaster and implemented protectionist measures for an indigenous production industry, it also created a regulatory system that would maintain Canadian sovereignty over the airwaves. The Canadian Radio-television Commission, renamed in 1976 as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, was launched as part of the mandate of the Broadcasting Act. Interestingly enough, despite the name change, the CRTC seems not to have incorporated telecommunications into its nationalist agenda.
In many ways, communication systems are the precursors of globalization, ignoring as they do any kind of physical, territorial borders (Collins 1990, 9). The ability of communication systems to dissolve territoriality highlights an interesting aspect of the problem of nationhood. Space, place, and location begin to mean very di erent things once they can be transcended altogether. Manning argues in her analysis of Canadian identity politics that territorialism isn’t as much a physical phenomenon as it is a discursive entity.
Canadian Television Today by Bart Beaty