Michael Thu May 12 02:00:47 2005|
Twenty-first-century moment #n+2
So here in Hungary, on the talk shows and news, they also have a little ticker across the bottom like CNN does. Only here, the ticker contains whatever SMS messages the viewing audience is sending to the special number on the screen.
So TV, here, is a collaborative process, involving the participation of the viewing audience. How cool is that?
My daughter, on hearing this, said, "So could I send in, 'George Bush is stupid'?" And I said, "Sure." She mulled it over and said, "But could they trace it back to my phone?" Um, yeah. My American daughter is worried about government reprisal for expressing her political opinion. And my conclusion is that *HUNGARY* has more freedom of speech than the UNITED STATES of fricking AMERICA.
What a truly odd century this is shaping up to be. TV is interactive, and freedom is something you find in Eastern Europe. Up is down, and chocolate cake is health food.