The TV channel you always dreamed about

Terry Teachout does for jazz what Jon Hoem’s already doing for film: Uses available video clips on YouTube and Google Video to create fine-arts TV/video channels. Pretty safe bet: There’ll be more. Here’s Teachout in his WSJ column:

As any economist can tell you, supply creates its own demand. Disseminating high-culture TV and radio programming for free via the Web is among the simplest and most cost-effective ways to expand the audience for the fine arts. Every time a Web surfer in South Dakota or South Africa views a YouTube video by Louis Armstrong or Arturo Toscanini, he’s making a discovery that could change his life — not to mention his concert-going and record-buying habits. I can’t think of a better bargain.

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