Look at T4 [on Channel 4] – it went away, now there is very little youth programming going on. BBC3 was something that … of course there was the odd questionable title, as there is with any channel, but it was really specifically targeted at making documentaries for young people.
It was educating them, nurturing them, saying you are important, we are gifting you with knowledge that will arm you in later life. We are not doing that, we are expecting them to find it for themselves and everything is online now. Everyone is becoming very separated in the next generation, chatting on Facebook and Twitter. They are becoming isolated.
That’s Jameela Jamil, talking about the closing of BBC3 in the UK. I’ve no real experience of the channel, and so no real opinion about whether or not it’s a loss, but the idea of a generation being “abandoned” to the Internet is something that sticks in my head — I’m not sure whether or not I agree with the premise, or even if the idea that the Internet is less suited to educate people on life than television, but it sticks inside nonetheless, poking and prodding towards a question I haven’t managed to form yet. (via graemem)
This is the flipside of defining a generation as “digital natives” who are “constantly connected”. It gives you an excuse to ditch them in traditional media.
(While pampering 30-something and 40-something nostalgists: it’s no accident that when the BBC talked about closing down 6Music a couple of years ago, the cry “GET RID OF BBC3 INSTEAD” went up. Mostly, of course, on social media, where people my age are WAY more ‘influential’ than the teens and 20somethings we commentate on. Not saying they should have closed down 6 Music either, the people need their Supergrass B-Sides and all that. It was just telling.)