Television, yesterday's industry, will as likely be among the most opportunistic, cutthroat, and game changing industries of tomorrow—quite the place for every hotdog, thug, and slickster with heart and imagination. Who makes video, how it's delivered and watched, how much it costs, and how much it makes—and who gets richest from it—is what's unsettled now, all to be determined by greater and smaller battles.
Of course, such wars and industrial struggles are not waged on behalf of citizens or consumers. Not for my children or yours. The fact that it is the culture itself that is at stake—whether the medium will be dull or bright, of value or a waste—is just the more or less random and happenstance of this coming war of competing interests trying to check, dominate, or destroy each other.