This thread is about weird times you’ve had with your television. What kinds of atypical programming has been beamed into your skull? Creepy station idents? Public access obscurities? Hacked signals? This is a thread for uncanny broadcasts.
I was reading a book of 1980’s interviews with the author J.G. Ballard, and he had some real choice quotes about TV that inspired me to make this thread.
“All you’re getting is the umpteenth rerun of The Omen or Jaws. I’d rather watch a really hard documentary about sharks, lasting two hours, than watch Jaws. It’d be much more interesting. With no holds barred – not the sort of documentary prepared for an evening family TV audience, but the sort of documentary that might be prepared for a convention of marine biologists. It’s that that one wants to get hold of, but – access is a problem…”
MOMENTS OF MASS ILLUMINATION:
“Actually, I remember when the first live birth was shown on TV – around '62 or '63 – and it was stunning. To actually see the baby emerging from between the mother’s legs, coming into life, actually stopped this country in its tracks; everybody the next day was talking about it. I feel that there are still very large areas of human experience that need to be given that treatment. I think there are great possibilities.”
“Italian TV went through a wonderful experience. They found some loophole about five years ago in the law governing the franchise arrangements for television stations. The result was that anybody could start a television station. So they had totally unregulated TV pouring out. The claim is always made that you can’t have unregulated TV, or you’d have the airwaves jammed all the time. In fact, this wasn’t the case. In one small city there were about 20 rival channels pouring out stuff – extremely permissive kinds of programming, where local housewives were doing striptease shows, or appearing on late night programs telling sex secrets about their husbands to all their neighbors… Absolutely incredible material, like a bar full of drunks at the end of a party. It sounded great!”