Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
For the grief you're giving NPR, you are forgetting that they produce stories, worthwhile stories, that would never see light of day in a commercial medium precisely because they wouldn't move enough ad dollars. Public broadcasting is a worthwhile project - if you need further evidence, look at Ken Burns' documentaries on the Civil War and the National Parks. Sure, there are arguments that can be made about Ken Burns' style, but the same arguments can be made in volume about much work on commercial television. Given the scope of Ken Burns' projects, and the amount of airtime they require to view in full, they'd never get aired on CBS or NBC. Even HBO or Starz would be unlikely to fund and air such projects. So I'll gladly keep supporting public broadcasting with my tax dollars and my donations.
I agree. Ken Burns' video on Ansel Adams may not have been as well informed as earlier films on the master, but it did provide additional information, and it is widely available. Other photographers would be almost completely unknown outside the photographic fraternity if it weren't for NPR. This is true of many other subjects, too, especially in the arts and history.