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Glenda Jackson GLENDA JACKSON 1936- ; British actress and Member of Parliament
No one should have a chance to see so much desire, so much need for a prize, and so much pain when not given it. • on the Academy Awards ceremony; source and date unknown; quoted in The Times, 24 March 2001
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Sir Ian Jacob Sir IAN JACOB Lt-Gen Sir Edward Ian Claud Jacob CBE CB
(1899-1993) BBC Director-General 1 December 1952-31 December 1959
[Public service broadcasting is] a compound of a system of control, an attitude of mind, and an aim, which if successfully achieved results in a service which cannot be given by any other means. The system of control is full independence, or the maximum degree of independence that Parliament will accord. The attitude of mind is an intelligent one capable of attracting to the service the highest quality of character and intellect. The aim is to give the best and the most comprehensive service of broadcasting to the public that is possible. The motive that underlies the whole operation is a vital factor; it must not be vitiated by political or commercial consideration. • 'Basic Propositions' (BBC internal document), 1958
Clive James CLIVE JAMES Australian-born writer, critic and television presenter
A TV programme can never be worse than its viewers; for the more stupid it is, the more stupid they are to watch it. • source unknown
Peter Jay PETER JAY 1937- ; British journalist and broadcaster; British Ambassador to the USA 1977-1979
The only necessary function of the State is to lay a duty on British Telecom to provide and operate the technology of the system, to accept all programmes which conform to the law, to collect charges from the viewing public and, after deducting its own costs and any other approved taxes or charges, to pass what remains over to the publisher of each item. ... There need be literally no limit to what can be published electronically, other than the general law and what the public (and others) will pay for. • McTaggart Lecture, Edinburgh International Television Festival, 1981
Steve Jobs STEVE JOBS Steven Paul Jobs
1955- ; Founder and chief executive, Apple Computer
1 So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.' • On attempts by Jobs and Steve Wosniak to develop the personal computer
2 You go to your TV set when you want to turn your brain off. You go to your computer when you want to turn your brain on. • October 1998
Eric Johnston ERIC JOHNSTON Eric Allen Johnston
1896-1963, President, Motion Picture Association of America 1946-1963
1 It is no exaggeration to say that the modern motion picture industry sets the styles for half the world. There is not one of us who isn't aware that the motion picture industry is the most powerful medium for the influencing of people that man has ever built. ... We can set new styles of living and the doctrine of production must be made completely popular. • 'Utopia is Production' in Screen Actor, April 1946
2When I talk about freedom of speech in connection with this hearing, I mean just this: You don't need to pass a law to choke off free speech or seriously curtail it. Intimidation or coercion will do it just as well. You can't make good and honest motion pictures in an atmosphere of fear. I intend to use every influence at my command to keep the screen free. I don't propose that Government shall tell the motion-picture industry, directly or by coercion, what kind of pictures it ought to make. I am as whole-souledly against that as I would be against dictating to the press or the radio, to the book publishers or to the magazines. ... We insist on our rights to decide what will or will not go in our pictures. We are deeply conscious of the responsibility this freedom involves, but we have no intention to violate this trust by permitting subversive propaganda in our films. • Evidence to the House Un-American Activities Committee, October 1947
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3 Motion pictures, in my judgment, will be the sturdy backbone of television. I believe that a great spurt in film production and forward strides in picture-making techniques are inevitable. Hollywood Reporter booklet, November 1948
4 It’s a little known fact that nine out of 10 United States films cannot pay their way in the domestic market alone. It is only because of revenue from abroad that Hollywood is able to turn out pictures of high artistry and technical excellence. • evidence to US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1953
5 Our pictures fill about 60 per cent of the screen time in foreign countries. When any one of them wants to impose restrictions I can go to the Finance Minister, not threateningly, but to simply state that our films keep more than half the theatres open. This means employment and a bolstering factor for the economy of whichever country is involved. And I can tell the Finance Minister of the tax revenue which these theatres yield.
    But if only two or three American companies were to accept the restrictions on their own, my argument with the Finance Minister would lose its weight. My position would be an impossible one if our ranks are to be broken. We must have the uniformity of policy.
Variety, 10 October 1956; cited in Thomas H Guback: The International Film Industry, 1969
  J W C JOHNSTONE American market researcher?
If it is true, as some observers have noted, that television has come to be almost exclusively identified by the American public as a medium of light entertainment, it may be that no matter how much instructional fare were made available on television, other channels would still be preferred for formal learning experiences. Volunteers for Learning: A study of the educational pursuits of American adults, Chicago: National Opinion Research Center, 1963
HANNS JOHST 1890-1978; German dramatist, Nazi Poet Laureate
Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning.
When I hear the word ‘culture’ I release my pistol’s safety-catch.
Schlageter, 1934; wrongly attributed to Hermann Goering
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AL JOLSON 1886-1950; American singer and actor
Wait a minute, wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet, folks! • first words spoken in The Jazz Singer, released July 1927.
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CHUCK JONES 1912-2002; American animator
A small child once said to me: 'You don't draw Bugs Bunny, you draw pictures of Bugs Bunny.' That's a very profound observation because it means he thinks that the characters are alive, which, as far as I'm concerned, is true. And, I feel the same way about animation ... Animation isn't an illusion of life. It is life. • source unknown; cited on animationusa.com
  Dr PETER JONES Journalist and editor, co-founder of Friends of Classics
It was the Ancient Greeks who invented media studies. They taught rhetoric, the art of peaceful persuasion, in Athenian democracy which is what we now call empowerment. Those skills Ms Jowell is seeking should be found in any classics course. • quoted in The Times, 21 January 2004
TESSA JOWELL 1947- ; British politician; Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport 2001-
1 The prospect of the UK without a BBC funded by the licence fee is anywhere between improbable and impossible. • quoted in The Times, 8 June 2002
2 I believe that in the modern world media literacy will become as important a skill as maths or science. Decoding our media will be as important to our lives as citizens as understanding great literature is to our cultural lives. ...
    If people can take greater personal responsibility for what they watch and listen to, that will itself lessen the need for regulatory intervention. ...
    With so many ways to get information—not just through television and radio but also internet and mobile phone—it becomes increasingly hard to know where what we see or hear is coming from, who has made it and why. Everyone needs to be able to decode the way the media works [sic], questioning everything in order to understand everything.
• quoted in The Times, 21 January 2004
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CARL JUNG 1875-1961; Swiss psychiatrist
The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life. • quoted in Roger Manvell: Film, Penguin Books, 1944
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