Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Beating the Machine and why it's necessary to keep on fighting, courtesy of the late Oliver Postgate

Christmas is a time to ponder what really matters in life. Friends, family, people who are worse off than us. Perhaps it's also time to think about some of the negative forces that are at work in our society and culture and how we can, collectively, fight against them. I for one am overjoyed that I could take part, in a tiny way, in defeating Simon Cowell, AKA the purveyor of manufactured, soulless pop, over the Christmas number one slot. But rather than witter on here about my views, I urge you to read this article, written by the late Oliver Postgate, creator of children's classics such as Bagpuss and The Clangers. At a time when the BBC pays it's Director-General nearly a million pounds a year, and some of its stars receive multi-million pay packets, it's worth reading of the creative genius of the people who strove to broaden the imagination of children through incredibly clever and charming story-telling, all, of course, on a budget that is probably significantly less than one small department of the BBC now spends on expenses. Postgate bemoans the malign forces that stalk our children. We would do well to take on board his warnings and protect our young people from the marketing men and women, who are so keen to monetise their enjoyment or play, to commodify their fun and in so doing, to debase their innocence.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. I am sure Simon is happy you supported the Machine leading to greater publicity and sales for him.

    On behalf of Simon thank you for your Christmas present!


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