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Gosh you man NBC will not be showing the ParaOlympics with all those who have lossed limbs in war and accidents!!? I think the real rub was showing the adverts during the Olympics which is reall crass.

The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sport events by the early 21st century.
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Network TV is uniformly disappointing drek these days. Even cable has gone to the dogs, what with the "Hysteria Channel" focusing on the Mayan Apocalypse, Ice Road Truckers and Ancient UFO's. The "reality" shows are the most unreal of the bunch. I am close to canceling my cable service but it is bundled with my internet and phone so it is not a simple thing to do.

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Reality shows killed television but it was already sick.

Now it's scripted rubbish played by people who are not actors so you don't need to pay them. Whoever came up with the idea is an evil but brilliant man, no wonder all the networks keep pumping out new shows.

I remember many years ago Discovery channel used to run somewhat watchable documentaries, now it's nothing but "reality" crap about choppers and tattoos.

But it's the same on every network even in Finland. Every new show is somesort of gimmicky "reality" show. Apparently someone watches that ****.

I weep for mankind.

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Reality shows killed television but it was already sick.

Fifty years ago the chairman of the FCC described television as "a vast wasteland". But compared to a lot of what came after, the broadcasting then was a cultural valhalla. Who would dare to even suggest such a show as Omnibus for instance? The mere thought of it would probably get a network executive fired, or at least shunted off into some dark corner.

I will grant that the average acting ability in fictional shows has improved by an order of magnitude in the last 20 years, and in a few shows the writing and production are not too bad, but I'm being very selective here. Most of the shows are, as described, dreck. And I refuse even to discuss such garbage as Dancing With the Stars.

I weep for mankind.

And well you should. Seems to me we are rock solid on a course for species extinction on the basis of issues far more profound and massive than the quality of our entertainment. I would like to think I am unduly pessimistic, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.


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Ok I am doing some of the citizens an injustice

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PBS (and NPR its radio brother-in-arms) tend to give themselves a bit more credit than they deserve. Yes, they both used to offer very good (in the case of NPR really first class) programming. However, over the last 30 years they have tended to gradually cave in to pressures from those in and out of government who feel that the public cannot be trusted with top quality programming. A lot has simply been dumbed down. They are no longer even approximately ad-free. Along with the general dumbing down, there has also been a reorientation toward the right side of the political spectrum to the extent of becoming merely a propaganda outlet for them. Meanwhile, the pundits of the right continue to beat the drum of "liberal bias in the media". It's been a very long time indeed since there was any such bias in the larger media outlets, unless you assume that even simple humanity is the exclusive province of the left, a position I would have found extraordinary to claim even back in the heyday of liberalism.


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And well you should. Seems to me we are rock solid on a course for species extinction on the basis of issues far more profound and massive than the quality of our entertainment. I would like to think I am unduly pessimistic, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.


This implosion is IMO due to the fact studies have shown women spend more money than men on commodities advertised on TV (day time shopping channel anyone ?). Where the add money goes the TV execs will follow. Hence the profusion of reality shows supposedly directed at both sexes but in reality designed to attract the real person making the decisions about the family expenditure. When was the last time there was a decent long time running sci-fi or war series made ? Now we get CSI/medical/doctor shows a dime a dozen.

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Along with the general dumbing down, there has also been a reorientation toward the right side of the political spectrum to the extent of becoming merely a propaganda outlet for them. Meanwhile, the pundits of the right continue to beat the drum of "liberal bias in the media".

It's still a little to the left. Not as much as conservatives claim, but for example Forum is unabashedly left-leaning (it's produced in San Francisco so it almost has to be) and there is no conservative equivalent.

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