The (CBC) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has infiltrated my brain throughout my life… and I don’t mind.
The CBC was created in the late 1920s to combat American infiltration on Canadian airwaves and designed to reflect, express and promote a unique Canadian identity.
This continues through the decades as the CBC expanded into TV and other media, with the reality that:
” the reality that Canadians have long been among the world’s most avid television viewers with tastes that do not necessarily discriminate between domestic and foreign content, or between entertainment and education.”
I’d notice, from the time I was a kid, that when I’d see a show that I particularly liked, it was CBC or Film Board of Canada export.
They have a certain kind of rationality and predictability to them that was obvious but i didn’t mind, a way of talking things out that was different from stuff coming from America..
Much of it always strikes me as a mix between Conservatism (“Family Values”, but in a “Light Christian” way, mild and friendly) and Liberal (We’re all citizens of this planet and have to work together to solve things for our mutual benefits).
All in all, I never gave it a whole lot of thought. But thank you CBC for infiltrating my brain. Whether 1980s Degrassi Junior High or later shows and movies, you always have your own way of doing things.
I remember a rumor in the 4th grade (NJ USA) that went around that “Kenny is Canadian”. I think I know who started it and why (a girl in my class), but I mostly went along with it. Didn’t see it as a bad thing.
It’s been an import to the USA as long as I can recall. I don’t watch much TV at all anymore but when I see a program that “seems American but not quite”, I predict it’s going to be CBC and it always is.
Amazing to me is how much time through the years I’d spent in Vancouver BC and didn’t even know it:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Television_series_produced_in_Vancouver
They created a kind of Canadian nationalism in a unique way. Gotta give credit where it’s due.