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explores the impact of television on a remote Buddhist kingdom
in the Himalayas. After centuries of self-imposed isolation, Bhutan
legalized TV in 1999 -- the last country in the world to do so.
Follow Rinzy Dorji, the local "cable guy," as he hooks up "an electronic
invasion." read more
to the Hidden Kingdom
"When I heard the news that the tube had fizzed to life in Bhutan," writes Alexis Bloom, co-producer of "The Last Place," "I knew the kingdom was on the verge of irrevocable change. Could MTV and Buddhism make comfortable bedfellows?"
Gross National Happiness
Orville Schell, a longtime Asia observer and the author of Virtual
Tibet, returns to Bhutan to examine the cultural effects of
television and the Internet on the Buddhist kingdom.
Cable Guy FRONTLINE/World's interview with Rinzy Dorji, co-owner
and operator of Sigma Cable, Bhutan's largest cable-TV provider.
A Parents View
A letter to the editor published in Bhutans only newspaper,
Kuensel, on the costs and benefits of television's arrival.