One of the most successful and well known NZ media exports are the comically-creative duo dubbed ‘Flight of the Conchords’ made up of Brett McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Their hit TV show caused ripples of rib-tickles across the globe which saw the actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves trying to make it big in NY. Socially inept and musically immature the show chronicled the upds and downs of both their professional and private lives, so why was the show, after only two well-received seasons, brought to an end? This story points to family commitments for the duo as being the main issue. Whereas the Wikipedia article led me to an article that suggested FotC were not embraced at home with their humour being dubbed ‘too Wellington.’ To me it seems silly that two such talents can’t find national appreciation throughout their own country after they’ve done so much to bring it international renown and appreciation. As I pointed out in my last post, it seems that Wellington is indeed at the forefront when it comes to embracing the ways in which media can aid and enhance our economy.
As the media furore passes over, it seems enough reflective distance has come to look back upon the United Kingdom’s royal family tour and what this means for our Economy. In our current time whereby we are all too ready to keep our eyes glued to technology, resisting the urges of life without it, I find it quite amazing that a family can attract such attention. But, forgetting these kinds of effects, of course it is a benefit to our Economy. The media is kept happy as large column space is filled, and advertisers are given plenty of opportunities to get their names involved. But most importantly the benefits can be observed outside of the media. With such an extensive visit, places that would see sporadic visitor numbers throughout the year dramatically increase. Local shops and infrastructure may struggle at the time to keep up with demand, but surely the financial benefits associated are huge. The irony of the situation is that the whole premise the British empire was built on, still rears its head in such a day and age. And I wonder how much of the trip has been paid for by the government, and of course by our own taxes.