4/24/09 07:12 pm
Mass media never ceases to disgust me. I'd forgotten how bad exactly it can be, but mom once again left the TV open, and the news came on, and one bit of news that made me irritated (and worried, really worried) was commented on...
You see, there's this media company, YLE, for which a fee called 'tv-maksu' (a fee for watching TV) is paid to. (never mind the fact that YLE is just one company and there are other channels too. It all goes to YLE) You can watch TV, you pay it. But YLE isn't content with that. They think that since nowadays you require a digi-box to watch TV even if you own an old one (and not everyone by far has bothered to get a dixi-box), the number of people paying the fee wasn't enough anymore. So they whined enough and came up with a solution. Make every household pay 175€. If they have a home, they must pay. Even if you're poor as fuck or blind and deaf, you'll pay. What a brilliant solution! Naturally, younger people, especially students (which aren't really known for having any money to spare for anything), get pissy. How does news react? "This media fee has made lots of young people angry, since they are used to getting everything for free." ....what's the problem here. Legitimate concerns over being able to buy food after this fucking thing, and it's broadcasted as being a fucking tantrum over having to pay for not having a TV.
No, not paying it is not an option either. They're government-backed. Not actually government-controlled, but heavily backed. Not having the government pay to prop them up is just a technicality, if YLE complains that not enough people pay since they can't even watch TV, our dear shitheads gotta make it better of course.
And on top of it all, you get branded as whining over not getting everything for free when you say that it's not a good solution, in mass media, where old people who can't use the internet go for for their information. Gee, thanks a lot for the support to the less well off people in the country.
...the only hope is the decision getting overturned. News and YLE themselves are behaving like it's a given it'll go through, though. I'm not sure how realistic that is. I mean, the TV 'tax' has traditionally been something you can't get financial support for separately, you're supposed to pay it out of your food/clothes/non-housing bills money. How much hope there's actually of getting financial support for paying this mandatory fee-that-they-refuse-to-call-unscaling-t
I'm disgusted over how much commenting on politics there's been recently. What the fuck has happened to this world?