Pia audience survey chart
Fri Jan 13 23:54:46 EST 2006
> I'll let you have the last word, Aaron, as always. I've had my say on
> subject. Happy New Year!
Since you're being so gracious, maybe I should decline... But then
> Finally, are the "man in the street" comments worthless? I suppose so,
> you believe that what ordinary fans think is of no importance. As a
> journalist writing for industry folks who make their living from those
> ordinary fans I think those comments can occasionally be of interest.
I never said that. I just said that such polls don't reflect the "man
on the street," and even cast doubt on the search for such an entity.
If Pia is creating an information commodity for sale--and not just a
service--through these polls, it might in fact be this illusion of a
"man on the street" or of "ordinary fans." Certainly, there are many
practical reasons to seek out such average opinions, both from
industrial and journalistic standpoints, but a critical point of view
should also exist that warns against such constructions and the dangers
they might pose.
I for one hope this is not the last word.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Film Studies Program
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
53 Wall Street, Room 316
PO Box 208363
New Haven, CT 06520-8363
e-mail: aaron.gerow at yale.edu
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