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Old 03-03-2013, 01:04 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Serious question here. What's the difference between TLC, Discovery, Travel, History, Biography, A&E, NGC, even TWC these days? I just scrolled through the guide, where most of those channels appear together, and it's like a wasteland. The programs on all of those channels have become interchangeably irrelevant. What were once the most educational channels on the air have become an intellectual void. I just wish someone would take a moment to change the signage.

The problem is these reality drama cluster****s--which may have a more elegant name in the business, but I don't give a ****--are incredibly low risk. There's practically no investment necessary: They're not paying for talent, sets, effects, not even permits or licenses. That makes the barrier for success very low. You and I may tune out, but it doesn't take very many idiots tuning in to turn a profit.

If this isn't a readily observable manifestation of the least common denominator, I don't know what is.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Honestly it's starting to look like the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the coliseum. If you watched the history channel when they used to talk about history you might know that the Romans would host more and more coliseum events to keep the masses distracted while the empire was falling apart. Next thing their will be a show where we throw people in a cage with hungry animals just to see how long it takes to get eaten.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:43 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Honestly it's starting to look like the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the coliseum. If you watched the history channel when they used to talk about history you might know that the Romans would host more and more coliseum events to keep the masses distracted while the empire was falling apart. Next thing their will be a show where we throw people in a cage with hungry animals just to see how long it takes to get eaten.
And people would watch the ever-living crap out of it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:36 PM   #34 (permalink)
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About 7 years ago [when I was 8] the discovery had some pretty badass things on. One of my favourites was 'against all odds' where they talked about people who survived things that they shouldn'tve. One was about a woman and both her parachutes and a backup mostly failed during a skydive. She only slowed down a little bit and hit concrete.
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Mike Rowe is the ****, but yeah, they've been running on fumes as far as jobs go for quite some time.
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