As many are beginning to appreciate, the age of 'Push' broadcasting is fading fast. We are no longer passive consumers, hypnotised by the miracle of moving pictures on a screen. We no longer look behind the TV to see who's there. We want to produce as well as consume.
Hence the latest digital success story. Geriatric1927. A seventy something online phenomenon. In his first week 'on air', his account at YouTube has generated hundreds of thousands of hits in its first week. Enough on a standalone blog to generate thousands of pounds of income.
But more importantly, he represents the point where the technology of broadcasting becomes available to practically everyone. The implications are obvious.
Not only are people of his generation offered an entirely new role in society, but anyone or any organisation can distribute and promote itself or its productions anywhere in the world. The role of the commissioning editor will be radically altered, and scheduling will be a thing of the past. Our days of being mere consumers, tethered to rigid schedules and the vagiaries of the production industry, will largely disappear.
The implications both for society and mainstream broadcasters are stupendous. It is at least as significant as the transition from Steam travel to the internal combustion engine. It is "The fastest generation of technological change since fire." as Alan McCulloch of Saatchi & Saatchi once described it. Richard Eyre called it a 'communicopia'. And now it's here. Everyone is a TV channel now.
Jews Against Zionism contact with Muslim Opponents of The Seige of Lebanon.. Parliament Sq. 5/8/06. 5pm. Lebanon Solidarity
Established in 1938, Neturei Karta (AKA Orthodox Jews Against Zionism) oppose the establishment the state of Israel. Claiming it is against the Talmud.
Their presence on the march, and the welcome they received, gave the lie, again, to the divisive theories of ethnic incompatibility currently being peddled by those seeking to make people hate and mistrust each other.
It being Sabat, they had walked from Stamford Hill, and were a little late.
'Anti-Zionist Jews come out of the shadows
Many shoes were thrown and laid in protest in Whitehall. By 6pm they had all been swept away into bins.
At the end of the day, many found themselves in need of a pint, and among them was the talented and sincere Jeremy Hardy, who agreed to be photographed for this blog in this well-known Whitehall watering hole.