Monday, January 17, 2005

NYT on EWTN

In a surprising enough discussion of the Catholic cable channel EWTN, the New York Times calls our attention to its efforts to reach the younger audience and the show that is unintentionally doing so:  “But one show in particular seems likely to reach youths, simply by not trying to reach them. G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense is a prime-time tribute to the great Victorian writer and personality. The show doesn’t try for flashiness: each episode consists of Dale Ahlquist, the placid president of the American Chesterton Society, speaking ex cathedra from his book-lined study.” Of course, empirical numbers are not possible since the network doesn’t track its ratings (“Spreading the Word via Friar-Cam”, Josh Ozersky, 16 Jan 2005). Interesting stuff.

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