Is space still entertaining?

Mahnig, Manfred
September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p52
The article proposes a system for rating events for their entertainment value in Europe. Europe has been used to the idea that governments consider it their responsibility to entertain the public, ever since Roman emperors operated the circus where killings were real and perhaps no less watchable than today's hyper-realistic television killings, in slow motion and all. Some of this entertainment comes in the guise of culture and education, as with British Broadcasting Corp. programmes, and the equivalent French, German, Italian and so on public television channels, or the publicly funded museums, opera houses and orchestras. There are also subsidies to motor racing, professional football and the Olympic Games, and those should be taken for what they are: plain entertainment from public funds. Thus Europe entertains its citizens.


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