Saturday, August 16, 2008

Canadian content

So, the news didn't manage to make me cranky yesterday. And hey, Canada won three medals while I was sleeping last night, so perhaps I can stop reading stories about Canada's medal draught and what this says about us as a country. I'm not sure what it says about us as a country that we're not competitive in a bunch of sports that I've ever never heard or, or only pay attention to every four years. But anyway...

No, my story of the day was this one. The CRTC has given an Alberta-based company approval to create and English, pay-TV channel featuring adult content. And no, I don't mean a channel that features Big Love or the Wire all the time. Think porn, my friends.

Now, ordinarily a porn channel wouldn't cause me to write about it on my blog. But there's the big that caused me to laugh - the channel has to be 50% Canadian Content. To which my first thought was "Oh, so it has to look unbelievably cheap." But that's unfair. technology has come a long way in the recent years. It's much easier now to do things that are cheap that don't look really cheap.

But here's the second thought. And no, it wasn't Newfoundland porn. For that matter, I thought I had read, in of all places the muse that's already happening. No, the first thought was "Dear god, what would Nunavut pornos look like?"

Something involving igloos, if I had to guess. It's really probably best not to dwell on such things. You know, as a rule I support Canadian content. I think it's an important thing to have when sitting on top of the largest cultural generator in the world. I am, however, willing to make an exception for the porn industry.

Although I do take some amusement that the Conservative government, which is cutting cultural program left, right and centre, is ok with a CRTC ruling protecting our home grown porn industry. That's awfully big of them.

Last Five
1. You don't know what love is - The White Stripes*
2. Cherries - Brandon Benson
3. Please please please - Fiona Apple
4. Afraid to fall - John Rouse
5. Brave Marin - Anita Best and Pamela Morgan

4 comments:

WJM said...

Although I do take some amusement that the Conservative government, which is cutting cultural program left, right and centre, is ok with a CRTC ruling protecting our home grown porn industry. That's awfully big of them.

It will help with the unemployed ranks coming out of the legitimate the-ater.

And you missed the other rim-shot in that article. Not only does there have to be 50% CanCon, it has to be closed-captioned.

Kerri said...

The best part was that after that interview, those Naughty Newfie people sent us a big tube of smut.

It was like Christmas - we got multiple autographed copies of Naughty Newfie, autographed posters, plus a ton of other random porn.

One of the posters was up in the office for a long time afterwards, until someone had the sense to take it down.

towniebastard said...

WJM, I did miss that. Again, would they have to close caption that in Inuktitut? Because getting Inuktitut translated can be a bitch sometimes.

My friend Corey sent me this link - http://heywriterboy.blogspot.com/2008/08/oh-money-shots-well-make.html

Kerri, damn it, no one ever sent us free porn when I was there. Crappy CDs and tapes (yes, I am exactly that old. Tapes). No one ever sent us free porn.

Although I am surprised the poster made it up. I'd have thought it would have lasted 2 minutes before someone would have been offended and torn it down.

WJM said...

Although I am surprised the poster made it up. I'd have thought it would have lasted 2 minutes before someone would have been offended and torn it down.

Translation: the Muse is a CUP paper? (badump-chink!)

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