In France we invented a new TV channel called ‘Britain’s Got Problems’. Further posts will explore this more but in essence it is a post-modern ironic antidote to the the more commonplace and very optimistic ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Featuring such things as a dance group of teenage mums (with babies) etc. You probably see where I am going with this.
Of course it won’t all be bad news. The wake up morning show will feature short, optimistic pieces called ‘Britain solves some problems’ as we watch self-harming teenagers blunting the edge of their razor blades and farmers safely ploughing a very steep hillside while drunk on their own cider.
I think there could also be a lot of entertainment in having mini-cameras attached to wheelchairs as they move through the country. It would be useful foil to the likes of Top Gear (I don’t think wheelchairs have gears). There would be the occasional accident of course but being able to record the faces of the observers and close shavees would be very welcome and provide genuine insight into the occasionally patronising faux sympathy that may register as they busily avoid all but the perfectly proportioned people shown on the telly and in mag’s. As a counterfoil we could put the likes of Vicky Bekham or Cheryl Cole in wheelchairs and give ‘em something to make them twitch or drool. Might get some interesting reactions then.
The recession has really dug in and we probably need to reflect that in our programming schedule. TV interviews with kids waiting for the breakfast club in their local primary school - setting up knock out quizzes for bacon butties and the like. We could also try following their parents home to see if they are working illegally for a few extra quid and we could try asking chelsea tractor drop offs if they would mind offering communal lifts home to kids who can’t afford the bus fare - possibly even giving them an after school time in their house with their own kids to ‘play’.
“The concept of recognition introduced by Taylor (1994) highlights the importance of being recognised by others in the way we recognise ourselves and how if we are not recognised for who we think we are, or misrecognised through a process of othering, this can lead to a negative sense of self particularly if: “the people or society mirror back to them a confining or demeaning or contemptible picture of themselves,” (Taylor, 1994:27).”—
For I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes The still, sad music of humanity, Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power To chasten and subdue. And I have felt A presence that distrubs me with the joy
Of evelvated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something for more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, And the round ocean and the living air, And the blue sky, and in the mind of a man: