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alison

08-05-02, 01:34 PM (GMT)
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"A nation of couch potatoes?"
 
   I haven't had a chance to follow this up in the broadsheets yet, but today's edition of Metro reports that "Europe has become a cultural desert with most people turning their backs on the arts in favour of watching TV - and Britain is the biggest culprit".

According to the unnamed survey, the majority of people never go to the theatre, concerts etc, and more than 3/4 do not participate actively in the arts.

A few relevant facts:

Just over 18% have cable TV and 27% (probably overlapping?) a satellite dish - food for thought for people insisting on moving the arts off terrestrial TV?

Nearly 90% of the population owns a video, but only just over 18% a DVD player - yet most arts productions now seem to appear on DVD only.

Just over 40% of households have Internet access.

Over 60% of people have never attended the theatre, and over 87% the ballet - quite honestly, I'd have thought that 12% of the population going to the ballet was quite a healthy figure. It's certainly less worrying than the fact that over half of us never use a library, in my book (no pun intended!).


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  RE: A nation of couch potatoes? Robert 08-05-02 1
     RE: A nation of couch potatoes? eugdog 08-05-02 2
         RE: A nation of couch potatoes? Carly Gillies 08-05-02 3
             RE: A nation of couch potatoes? Flight 08-05-02 4
     RE: A nation of couch potatoes? alison 09-05-02 5
         RE: A nation of couch potatoes? Robert 09-05-02 6

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Robert

08-05-02, 03:59 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   I find some of these statistics difficult to accept. I doubt if 90% of all people in Europe have a video. New DVDs may be coming out but videos are still much more widely available and a lot cheaper.
One might find that less people watch football than expected. The TV people are seriously worried that their plans are based on false predictions. Over the whole of Europe there is probably a much bigger potential audience for the arts than is predicted.
I go to opera ballet and the theatre I also dance paint and sing,as I have a dish to watch Artsworld the only decent television station, I hope that I am not classed as a couch potatoe.


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eugdog

08-05-02, 04:22 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   I think it meant 90% of households own a video!

DVD are cheaper to make then videos but the manufacturers can get away with charging higher prices for them!


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Carly Gillies

08-05-02, 06:35 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   With Don Qs in London and Paris, maybe now is the time to get down to our local library (if any of us can remember where it is) and read the book!
World's best - apparently.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,711688,00.html


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Flight

08-05-02, 08:27 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   Well I work in a library! (For two weeks work experience anyway). Sorry, just had to add that. But anyway, I dance, sing, act in foreign language plays (!) and until I began my GCSE courses last September, read at leat three books a day, in case anyone happens to be interested.


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alison

09-05-02, 05:47 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   LAST EDITED ON 09-05-02 AT 05:47 PM (GMT)

The percentages relate to the UK only, and I think it was an EU-wide survey. But as Eugene says, I assume they meant "households" for the ownership issues - just a bit of sloppy reporting.


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Robert

09-05-02, 11:52 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: A nation of couch potatoes?"
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   It is an unnamed survey, they ask three friends and a couple of dogs what they think and multiply the answers on a computer.


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