September 2, 2008
I Love Late Night C-Span
So as I sat down to unwind a bit before I went to bed last night, I found myself looking for something on TV to put me to sleep. I was flipping idly through the channels when I came upon C-Span2, aka BookTV late at night. For those that may not know, BookTV is a series of thirty to ninety minute segments where the author of a book presents some written remarks about the book, and then takes questions from the audience.
This may seem like an excellent way to kind of quiet down before bedtime, but here's the rub: they pick only the most interesting/relevant books so that it's hard to shut if off. For example, last night, I sat through the end of Petrostate, Obamanomics, and an hour of After Bush. Obviously, the authors cannot present everything in the book in such a short time (even if they wanted to), but you get much more detail than you could get from the book jacket. The result is that you get a much more nuanced feel for what the author is trying to say, and what his/her arguments are. Generally, it's an academic-type setting so most of the questions are intelligent, which just adds to the depth of the presentation. It really is about the most informative thing on tv, and makes you think more than any other channel that I've watched recently.
Anyway, I'm tired and this ended up going in a different direction than I had planned, but the moral of the story is that if you think corporations have too much lobbying power in Washington (quite possible), than you need to take away the status of "person," and the ensuing protection under the bill of rights and 14th amendment, from corporations. This goes along with and is a response to what John Talbott was saying while answering a question as he presented Obamanomics. Moral number two is to shut the tv off and go to bed.