Many cable channels are created to fulfill a specific programming niche, and their name is Exactly What It Says on the Tin — the Golf Channel shows golf, the Game Show Network shows Game Shows, and so on. Some channels, however, are not as wedded to their original concept as others. Meddling executives look at the demographics to whom their channel appeals and decide that, hey, since the people watching their Speculative Fiction channel are mostly 18-31 males, and Professional Wrestling is hot among that demographic, surely no one would mind if they started showing pro-wrestling! The fans of the original programming will mind, of course, but the channel tends to keep going regardless. This may show up with only a couple of odd programs in the schedule, but far too often, given enough time, a channel will have pretty much abandoned its original concept. Whether or not the former invariably leads to the latter is a subject for debate. Since the network is strongly impacted by the ratings, and the highest ratings go to generally the same few demographics, this tends to lead to networks becoming more and more like each other, either in similar programming or outright airing the same shows. Some changes can be chalked up to the changing landscape of TV. As the number of channels goes up, networks re-align themselves to try and hold some of their market. That, or the parent companies who might own seven or more cable channels each shuffle stuff for "synergy" or to reduce redundancy. Competition with new media is prevalent as well — classic reruns give way to DVD box sets (and the real killer, Netflix and similar streaming services), music-video channels give way to YouTube and iPods, and info-dumping all-text channels give way to the data display in a digital cable box, smartphone apps (once again, the real killer) or some new-fangled webernet site. Other times, it's just shifting to whatever the network feels will attract the biggest audience — and the audience that lets them charge the most for ads (especially the lucrative young adult demographic, needless to say).
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What are we going to do about Korea? As I board the Soviet-built Tupolev Air Koryo flight from Beijing to Pyongyang the sound of revolutionary music provides a background introduction to what is a very very different kind of society to anywhere else on the planet.
I’m on a brief four day trip to DPRK – the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea or more generally known as North Korea. It’s not your average tourist destination..DPRK is far from average in every way and western visitors are few and far between.
The 90 minute flight from the glitzy Olympics crazed Chinese capital is an experience in itself. I grab a copy of the latest Korea Today from the stewardess. As the monthly ‘glossy’ newsletter of all things DPRK, Korea Today is a dated but intriguing taster of a system that qualifies as ‘retro’ in every way.
The in-flight meal isn’t bad though and the native beer is pretty damn fine. The first of many in keeping with my status as an alcoholically inquisitive English tourist! Eventually our rather rickety rollercoaster ride of a flight comes to rest at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung airport and I’ve arrived in the Land of the Morning Calm and men in very big peaked caps!
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