Now that's folk music! And I'm going to pass it on.
If you can see a way forward that prevents suffering for everybody – please share.
I accept that as rhetorical, and understand that your point is to keep the numbers of disadvantaged to a minimum. I didn't get that from your earlier post.
I’m struggling with the concept that a person thinks other people should suffer. Why would you want that? Do you think other people want you to suffer?
I like the idea of people learning from mistakes, but don’t wish other people harm.
Surely, there are too many people suffering already.
I as a "neo-liberal" think that banks that make bad loans should be allowed to fail and people who buy property at over inflated prices should suffer when the market falls.
Why should people suffer?
Wolfing down a curry improved things considerably.
Somewhere, we should preserve and cherish lines like this.
The inflation of house prices is a problem elsewhere too. This article is about Canada.
I presume the decision is based on the likelihood of the loan being repaid (both literally and in terms of contribution to society by the student). But it's an uneasy feeling, being one of the excluded.
Makes a person feel old and in the way...
Part of the reason for this constant repetition is the way north Americans - in particular - watch TV. There is very little "appointment viewing". What I mean by this is that people don't tend to know in advance what they're going to watch: they haven't read the listings beforehand.
Instead, they sit at their screen with a remote and begin to click, until they find something interesting; something that attracts attention. Viewers may have as many as 500 channels to choose from. (I think substantial amounts of money are paid to place channels near the beginning of this list: numbers 1 or 3 are likely to get more clicks than 397.)
Broadcasters need viewers to know what a programme is about within a short time of "clicking onto" it, and they want the viewer to stay with the programme as long as possible. (Remember, the broadcaster makes money by selling a certain number of "eyeballs" - eyeballs of a certain demographic, such as "men between 25 and 45" - to advertisers.)
(Incidentally, I think I remember hearing that a typical "loyal" viewer might stay with one of the larger factual cable channels for an average of as little as 10 minutes a night.)
This is why programmes constantly repeat information: so that, no matter when you start watching, you know what the programme is about. And you're given a reason to keep watching and stay tuned - particularly over the next commercial break.
To those whose habit is to watch an hour-long programme from beginning to end, the repetition can be frustrating. But that sort of programme doesn't work for commercial broadcasters, for the most part.
I like "old style" documentaries, too. We may need to look for them elsewhere in future.
I don't see the relative dearth of them on TV as anyone's fault, and I don't think there's a conspiracy to manipulate us; I see it rather as an inevitable result of what people are prepared to pay for, and give time to.
I think there is truth in the idea that people will watch whatever's made available to them, but the experience of commercial television shows that, when choices are available, documentaries aren't a preferred viewing option - particularly "old style" documentaries.
I think this is because, as I mentioned in a previous post, most people are using their TVs for relaxation, rather than stimulation/education.
I don't think this means that people don't want to be educated and informed; it's just that they don't seek this from much of their television-viewing.
@DeepRed et al: my point was to address the questions in the original post.
I think commercial broadcasters have found that traditional documentaries aren't working for their business. I've observed that those who have attempted to build a broadcasting business based on them have tended to fail, or survive by moving to more populist fare.
Those who want to see or make traditional documentaries might need to look elsewhere for funding and delivery/transmission.