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When Everybody Watched Leave it to Beaver

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOct 4, 2011 2:51 AM

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If Ken Burns lives long enough, he should be able to do a documentary on what life was like before cable TV and the Internet. Meanwhile, here's what he thinks:

Burns says the proliferation of cheap production and distribution technologies for creative expression is a cause for optimisim but worries about audience fragmentation. "When I grew up, there were four or five channels and people basically shared a common canon of knowledge....Now people can seek their own self-satisfying sources of knowledge [which] is hugely dangerous."

As a famous news anchor used to say, "And that's the way it is..."

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