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Night watch: long live relic

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The reboot of the talk show, had a bit of a false start.

For our younger readers: a Watch is not only a Ketnetreeks, it is also the name of a talk that the father of Olga Leyers presented, long ago, when Olga was still busy …

For our younger readers: a Watch is not only a Ketnetreeks, it is also the name of a talk that the father of Olga Leyers presented, long ago, when Olga was still busy was trained to be. Canvas sent night Watch, between 2003 and 2005. The debatprogramma was already completely out of the time, in the best possible sense of the word: one presenter, one subject, two or three guests, three quarters of an hour television. Boring?

Sometimes. In-depth? Occasionally. Exciting? Rarely, but if it was exciting, it was extraordinarily exciting. We remember, of course, the legendary episode with CVP-leader Wilfried Martens and CCC leader Pierre Carette (‘C’est vous, le, who, monsieur Carette!’). And the (we think anyway) last episode, with Roger Vangheluwe and Steve Stevaert, then both of good character, figures on cross-border behavior.

Was the term ‘challenging behaviour’ 15 years ago already? Of hashtag Metoo was in any case, there is no question, that # was just the number sign on your telefoonklavier. Twitter didn’t exist yet and Mark Zuckerberg was Facebook still up. The hardness of the online debate continued to be so saved, but it was night Watch, when all a breath of fresh air: a 45-minute long high-level discussion about one topic, that was also unseen. On One ran in those days is The last show.

Perhaps it was thus that the first episode of the reboot (which, according to Jan Leyers on his question came from) was dedicated to social media. More specifically: the issue of our privacy. How do you organize a debate about, we thought in advance: who is against privacy? Economiefilosoof Rogier De Langhe, as it turned out. Internet pioneer Ben Caudron was again very much for the maintenance (or rehabilitation) of privacy. The discussion between the two men led, however, to not go anywhere, unless to a place far above our heads. And above that of Jan Leyers, we had the feeling, for he was less intervention than we are used from him. And if he intervened, it was with a frowning look and questions such as ‘how do you mean?” The third guest, AI expert Mieke De Ketelaere, knew no additional interest or insights to provide. We had the whole time the feeling that we all already knew, and didn’t either understand it.

A bit of a false start, so. Next week it goes over China, including Jonathan Holslag. Best hear, but we are waiting on the episode with Joke Schauvliege and Anuna, The Weaver.

Night watch, Saturday around 22: 00 on Canvas

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