As a part of St. John Fisher College’s First Friday Lecture Series, resident media scholar Tom Proietti gave a speech about the British Broadcasting Corporation and how television had to be changed for American viewers.
The way the British people speak and think can make it difficult to understand their media, Proietti said. He also spoke about the differences in British culture and how it’s presented in television. During the time television was first beginning to grow in America, the masses were made up of immigrants. Proietti explained that the linguistics of British television needed to be changed so Americans could understand. He then showed a clip from Monty Python’s Flying Circus to show the differences.
The number of people who watch television in America is slowly decreasing. According to Nielsen’s Total Audience Report, “About 2.6 million households are now ‘broadband only,’ meaning they don’t subscribe to cable or pick up a broadcast signal.” Americans are picking up British shows while Britain is sticking to its own television series.
Alumni from the college as well as students came to hear Proietti speak. “It was great and very informative. He a funny guy, I wish he could’ve had longer to talk. I was very interested in the whole thing, ” Gregory Pokriki, a Fisher student said about his time at the event.
Proietti’s next trip to England will be in January 2016 when he will be traveling there with Cayuga Community College’s study abroad program. Students in that program visit institutions such as the British Broadcasting Corporation, The National Theatre, and the British Film Institute’s film library and the Mediatheque.
First Friday Lectures are held in the Skalny Welcome Center located at the main entrance of the college. The next lecture will feature Doctor Carolyn Vacca and is scheduled for March 6th. For more information or to register for the next First Friday Lecture, contact the Alumni Office.
Video version of this story, as reported for the Cardinal Courier