Just tried to open 'uitzending gemist', the Dutch site where one can see TV programmes of the last few days (did not work on my Apple, anyone any suggestions..). Saw though that Talpa or Ten, the chanel of John De Mol (inventor of Big Brother) is thinking of shutting down. That's fitting with the spirit of the times. Have always entertained the thought that De Mol, when he started Talpa a few years ago, bought an already dying timeframe and format. Never buy into an old trend! All the programmes he bought and all the stars dated from a time when opportunism and banality were the spirit of the times (1998-2004). His starting the chanel was the turning point that made people, unconsciously or not, realize they wanted something else, something more inclusive, a new togetherness and a reinforcing of positive culture.
And, coincidence, I was just reading about the concept of banality. In a culture of banality, not much is expected of people. Anyone can be a star. But the paradox in the end is: when anybody can be anybody, nobody can be "somebody".. Think of Big Brother and all the reality shows flooding our culture and you'll understand.
The problem with banality is that it builds up quietly; exactly because it is boring and irrelevant, we tend to overlook it until it is everywhere around us. Banality, says Klapp, is the jailer who very quietly closes the door. Banality comes to bad closing, and we're in good closing now: working together, living together as our new government's slogan says. And there are already signs we will be moving towards good opening. So, John, there is work to be done. Or just close up and let another entrepeneur open new doors to the future.
Such are my thoughts on a soft springlike day in Vancouver.