The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. CTV has gone on record with the CRTC to defend the use of its Groundbreaker Fund to mount the massively successful Canadian Idol. In its letter to the commission (CNM, Sept. 26/03), CTV misreads both the consensus opinion within the new media industry and the editorial that ran in this space (CNM, July 11/03). Susanne Boyce writes that "The article and editorial share a not-so-hidden thesis that projects with little or no audience appeal but which declare themselves to be ‘edgy’ and ‘pushing technological boundaries’ and which are deemed by a segment of the new media community to be sufficiently avante garde are the only deserving recipients of Groundbreaker money. This is nonsense." Of course it’s nonsense. That’s why we’re glad, in this issue of Canadian NEW MEDIA, to present the case of the Dominion Institute and Global Television using SMS in a very innovative way. It’s hard to find anything less avante garde than safe, bland Kevin Newman asking Canadians for their views on foreign policy. The show wasn’t "edgy," but innovation doesn’t have to be. Where CTV failed to innovate in its use of SMS, the Dominion Institute has found a new use to interact with audiences and shape live broadcast - and proved the commercial potential in the process. Had a few tens of thousands of dollars from the Groundbreaker Fund been gambled on this project, new media producers would be applauding and clamouring to know more. Regular readers of this column will know that I would rather have a fishing rod in my hand than an iPod and that most of my contact with the arts consists of playing my son like an air guitar to the strains of Springsteen or Meat Loaf. I’m not arguing for art house projects with no commercial appeal when I agree with my sources that Canadian Idol was a cash grab from the nearest pool of convenient money to score a few bucks on a copycat opportunity. The Dominion Institute proved that funds are needed to mount innovative projects that test new technologies and contribute to the public good. Let’s hope CTV, and the commission, are paying attention.