Tim Robbins’ NAB Keynote

by alphamonkey on April 16, 2008 · 3 comments

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Tim Robbins NAB KeynoteAdvertising Age shares the last six minutes of Tim Robbins’ controversial keynote speech at the recent National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

Regardless of Robbins’ own political leanings, there’s a lot to admire in the sentiment he puts forth here; in effect advocating a fundamental change in how broadcasters approach their core programming beliefs.

If you can, I’d say listen to the entire speech (this mp3 link) which is actually quite funny, as he skewers both himself and his critics regarding his war views, along with a rather sarcastic look back at the history of broadcasting. There’s no shortage of NSFW language herein, and the audio quality is shite, but it’s an entertaining listen.

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  • Recycled Miffery

    Is this a created “controversy?” I didn’t find much radical or challenging content, at least in the broadcast “final six minutes.” Seemed like a sort of chipper idealism that he didn’t allow to be filmed. I think there was some message about the silliness of large media corporations anti-piracy practices when he disallowed cameras, but that’s not very clear, really.

    A pleasant enough speech, but it seemed sort of lifted from my beloved Hudsucker Proxy more than it was designed to incite anyone. I probably missed something. I often do.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    No, the controversial stuff was in the bulk of the speech (wherein he basically laid into mass media for 20 minutes straight), which gets fairly ribald (and what I would assume would be more foul-mouthed than such an event usually encounters).

    So far there seems to be some confusion as to whether Robbins insisted on no filming or the NAB org did (I’ve seen both stated as fact).

    The last six minutes is, I agree, relatively controversy free.

  • drunk_monkey

    The controversy is that he was ASKED not to use the speech, then with audience encouragement, went ahead anyway. And given the venue and the audience, it was a pretty big deal. Kinda “Thanks for inviting me, now go fuck yourselves.” I thought it was brilliant.

    And unless he asked not to be recorded BEFORE going on stage, that wasn’t his doing. And if memory serves correctly, the security goons didn’t start circulating until AFTER he began speaking. But I wasn’t really paying attention to them.


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