Regulations imposed on Canada’s radio and television industries years ago to ensure a minimum of locally-produced content on the country’s airwaves and other communications systems. After a slow start and a decade of forcing innocent people to listen to Anne Murray on the radio and watch her biweekly television specials, the technology base and industrial economies-of-scale emerged to permit Canadian music to be as slick and well-produced as any in the world. The CRTC seems likely to be defanged or deregulated out of existence before the same thing can happen in television and other communications subsystems–and before the general population figures out that some forms of cultural regulation can be wildly-and profitably-successful.

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