TV is ours to claim

As I was flying back from San Jose and my spiel at Video on the Net — in which I argued that television is ours to reinvent — I see a most amusing story in the Wall Street Journal that only proves the point. The West Coast TV industry is fighting the East Coasters for handing out Emmys to new-media and broadband shows.

A person familiar with the situation says that the Los Angeles group was concerned that the New York chapter could cheapen the Emmys by handing large numbers of the awards to amateurs who submitted user-generated videos.

Heaven forbid! We wouldn’t want to cheapen TV!