What’s the point of the BBC if we no longer share common cultural values?

“…The BBC is now overwhelmingly run by members of a counter-culture which overthrew that old order between the 1960s and 1980s, and who now assume they are ‘the’ culture (while also not admitting to their actual power, because being powerless is prized as a virtue).

This past week I’ve been watching Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, and while the BBC makes some brilliant documentaries today there is no comparison. What really stands out is both the individual and cultural confidence; Clark is in full control and at no point – the bane of modern documentary-making – are we told we’re going ‘on a journey’. (I don’t want to go on a journey with an expert; I want him to have gone on it already and tell me about it.)

But there is a cultural confidence and an understanding that the audience will understand what is meant by civilisation; Clark talks about ‘we’, in reference to the audience as inheritors of European civilisation, assumptions about what the audience knows and believes that simply would not be possible in 2015. Much of this has to do with religion, and in particular the Catholic faith, without which western civilisation would be a pretty thin affair. Clark comes across as sceptical but respectful of Catholicism, but there is an assumption that ‘we’ are part of western Christendom.”

  • Stronger Than Dirt

    $ 50,000,000,000.00 ….that’s a lot of ‘poverty’ that damned leftists could alleviate since they ‘care so much’ ( about themselves).

  • Guest


    And what’s the point of nations if we no longer share common cultural values?

  • Brett_McS

    That’s a great series. I remember watching it when it came out originally, when I was probably too young to understand much, but I got the DVD set more recently.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The BBC no longer discusses ideas, it discusses victims. Turn on any BBC news broadcast and they don’t cover ‘it’. The interview through an interpreter some poor miserable woman bemoaning something or other. Even today with the Israeli elections, what does the BBC do? Send a camera crew out to Ramallah to watch old women cry about something.

    • Exile1981

      This morning they were interviewing on the BBC radio a women in gaza who was hoping the jews would elect someone less violent.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Hamas’ official statement was that Herzog is worse for the Arabs than Netanyahu. Why? Because even they understand that endless prattling for nothing is worse than fighting it out.