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2012-10-09 08:47:58 AM
And to think that they once said that they didn't want no scrubs.
 
2012-10-09 08:56:48 AM
If TLC was privatized in 1980, they had a pretty good run showing reasonably educational stuff while still private.

/ I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.
 
2012-10-09 08:57:09 AM
Lemme guess... every niche network realized that they were all the big fish in a small pond and had achieved about as much growth and ad revenue as they could, so they all decided it would be better to be the small fish in a big pond and pander to the lowest common denominator by putting on bland, homogenized reality programming that would draw a larger overall audience, but alienate their small, but loyal, original audience?
 
2012-10-09 09:07:33 AM

serial_crusher: / I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.


That was a f*cking great show. And it wasn't just sex, it was all gamuts of human behavior.

Also, Connections.
 
2012-10-09 09:17:39 AM

Shostie: Also, Connections.


Quoted for truth.
 
2012-10-09 09:18:31 AM
this is why we can't have nice things.
 
2012-10-09 09:43:00 AM
It's been interesting watching the gradual down-grading of reality tv. When it started, it was about promoting blue collar types. Whatever you think about the Teutul's, at least they're in a respectable business that actually produces something. Now though, it's about ferreting out the freaks and losers of society and promoting them as paragons. It panders to our need to feel superior to someone while at the same time thumbing our collective noses at the "elitists" of society who think we shouldn't emulate the Honey Boo Boo's of the world.
 
2012-10-09 09:54:45 AM
Ahh, the invisible hand of the market triumphs again. I think we are all happier and more fulfilled buy TLCs current offerings than we ever would have been by some stupid show about dinosaurs. Unless the dinosaurs were glass eaters.
 
2012-10-09 09:59:10 AM
And say what you like, that chick from trading spaces was HOT 

m.popstar.com
 
2012-10-09 10:07:15 AM

NowhereMon: Ahh, the invisible hand of the market triumphs again. I think we are all happier and more fulfilled buy TLCs current offerings than we ever would have been by some stupid show about dinosaurs. Unless the dinosaurs were glass eaters.


What is the sound of one, invisible hand clapping?
 
2012-10-09 10:07:26 AM

serial_crusher: If TLC was privatized in 1980, they had a pretty good run showing reasonably educational stuff while still private.

/ I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.


Human Animal was great. I wonder if it's on Netflix.
 
2012-10-09 10:09:04 AM
Remember when Bravo showed opera on Sunday mornings? And no one watched it.
 
2012-10-09 10:11:29 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Lemme guess... every niche network realized that they were all the big fish in a small pond and had achieved about as much growth and ad revenue as they could, so they all decided it would be better to be the small fish in a big pond and pander to the lowest common denominator by putting on bland, homogenized reality programming that would draw a larger overall audience, but alienate their small, but loyal, original audience?


Well no, the 'article' wasn't quite that detailed...however it had pretty pictures to describe pretty much that. Oh, and a tweet too. (good tweet though)
 
2012-10-09 10:13:41 AM
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Thankfully I'm well-educated and enjoy watching the inbred antics of bumpkins.
Scoffing & sneering at the lower class really embiggens the spirit!
 
2012-10-09 10:14:29 AM

serial_crusher: If TLC was privatized in 1980, they had a pretty good run showing reasonably educational stuff while still private.

/ I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.


Shostie: serial_crusher: / I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.

That was a f*cking great show. And it wasn't just sex, it was all gamuts of human behavior.

Also, Connections.


It's on google video
 
2012-10-09 10:15:31 AM
I dunno, I am still learning things from their programming. Horrible things.
 
2012-10-09 10:15:51 AM

Scooty_Puff_Sr: FirstNationalBastard: Lemme guess... every niche network realized that they were all the big fish in a small pond and had achieved about as much growth and ad revenue as they could, so they all decided it would be better to be the small fish in a big pond and pander to the lowest common denominator by putting on bland, homogenized reality programming that would draw a larger overall audience, but alienate their small, but loyal, original audience?

Well no, the 'article' wasn't quite that detailed...however it had pretty pictures to describe pretty much that. Oh, and a tweet too. (good tweet though)


Yeah, I actually replied before reading the "article", thinking I was going to be covering what the they already used many more words to state. I didn't think the "Article" was going to be a bunch of stupid pictures.
 
2012-10-09 10:15:54 AM
This network once employed Henry Rollins.

I repeat:

This network once employed Henry Rollins.


It should be illegal to fall this far from Henry Rollins.
 
2012-10-09 10:15:56 AM
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2012-10-09 10:18:13 AM

Shostie: serial_crusher: / I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.

That was a f*cking great show. And it wasn't just sex, it was all gamuts of human behavior.

Also, Connections.


I see your Connections, and counter with The Secret Life of Machines.
 
2012-10-09 10:21:24 AM
George Bush came very close to privatizing Social Security. You know, before the financial "meltdown" and the bailouts.

Romney wants to do the same thing.

Just look at TLC and ponder SS under Romney.
 
2012-10-09 10:25:22 AM
I remember for a while in the late '80s there was a channel called Mind Extension University. All they did was show college lecture classes, you could pretty much audit any course you wanted for free.
That was a cool channel.
If memory serves, it was bought out by Discovery and immediately shiatcanned.
 
2012-10-09 10:27:10 AM
Remember when AMC used to only show old movies no one liked?
Remember when MTV used to show music?
Remember when CNN used to show news?
Remember when FOX used to be blamed for the destruction of America's Christian morals?
 
2012-10-09 10:29:41 AM
But you can't hold a whole network responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted reality shows. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole television broadcasting system? And if the whole television broadcasting system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our informational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to TLC, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
 
2012-10-09 10:34:51 AM

serial_crusher: If TLC was privatized in 1980, they had a pretty good run showing reasonably educational stuff while still private.

/ I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.


Yeah, what happens to these channels is bad executives. They get plopped down in charge of the channel by the parent company, and decide they wanted to manage some other network, so they proceed to dismantle the lineup and replace it with one of their own liking. show-by-show.

In the case of Sci-Fi, Bonnie Hammer, a woman who admitted she HATED science fiction, proceeded to turn it into the USA network (the jewel she really coveted), gleefully adding spillover wrestling and non-science fiction programming from USA, as well as diluting the brand's genre titles with more reality shows and crappy creature feature movies.

Same goes for learning channels. Honey Boo Boo makes a bigger splash than a show about the origins of man. It becomes about capturing demographics the channel never had (and never needed), and in TLC's case, it was the white trash, creationist crowd. Science and educational materials don't sell well to that crowd. For SyFy, they wanted to get away from those lousy science fiction fans, because, you know, all they do is buy Cheetos and PC equipment and live in their mothers' basements and stuff.

For MTV, at first it was about differentiating themselves from the multitude of "me too" music video networks... but the insipid influence of rap and pop culture brought more "reality" programming (Remember Cribs? Yo MTV Raps?) to suit the crowd, and it lost its way from there.

I don't think all is lost.... smart TV execs should step up to the plate and embrace the old genre networks' formats - then run with it. There is a lot of money to be made from truly targeted demographics. Whether this happens or not is the big question. I sometimes think you have to have an IQ below 100 to get a high-paying, powerful job in the executive world these days, along with a common-sense-otomy.
 
2012-10-09 10:36:38 AM

JerseyTim: And to think that they once said that they didn't want no scrubs.


Do me a favor: don't go chasing waterfalls.

/I'm a peacock
//You gotta let me fly
 
2012-10-09 10:36:41 AM
I never watch TLC before. I watch clips of TLC now. That's all you need to know
 
2012-10-09 10:40:00 AM
"Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience."
-Diogenes the Dawg
 
2012-10-09 10:44:47 AM

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: George Bush came very close to privatizing Social Security. You know, before the financial "meltdown" and the bailouts.

Romney wants to do the same thing.

Just look at TLC and ponder SS under Romney.


It would make a lot more money?

/I don't think you've thought through your cunning metaphor.
 
2012-10-09 10:45:34 AM

beerrun: But you can't hold a whole network responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted reality shows. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole television broadcasting system? And if the whole television broadcasting system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our informational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to TLC, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!


I thought you were pre-med.
 
2012-10-09 10:47:35 AM
Huh. It's like you're forced to watch this garbage, instead of changing the channel or turning off the TV. Who knew?
 
2012-10-09 10:48:09 AM

FlashHarry: this is why we can't have nice things.


images.politico.com

/ and, no, douches, I am not blaming Mitt Romney for TLC's deplorable state
// but I am going to hold him up as a poster-boy for the "PRIVATIZE. EVERYTHING." crowd because that's what he is right now
 
2012-10-09 10:49:41 AM
This is why I don't buy cable anymore. It used to be worth it (Sci-Fi, Discovery, History channels) but no more.

I just watch Welfare TV (over the air digital channels) now. Lots of good stuff on PBS, old shows on Antenna TV, continuous news on France 24, and NHK, weather on the local affiliates second channels..
 
2012-10-09 10:49:58 AM

Tom_Slick: beerrun: But you can't hold a whole network responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted reality shows. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole television broadcasting system? And if the whole television broadcasting system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our informational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to TLC, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!

I thought you were pre-med.


Same thing.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:16 AM

Khazar-Khum: Huh. It's like you're forced to watch this garbage, instead of changing the channel or turning off the TV. Who knew?


You know what's a legitimate option as long as we continue to fund public TV?

Keeping the TV on and watching something worthwhile.

We only wind up with your false dichotomy if we insist on allowing the privatization fetishists to have everything there is.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:21 AM
The other things to remember is "reality" programming is much, much cheaper than traditional programming. "Walking with Dinosaurs" probably cost a fortune, although I think the BBC paid for a lot of it. Honey Boo Boo is made for pocket change.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:39 AM
Someone on here once said that we used to watch Al Bundy, Fred Flinstone and Jackie Gleason because they were numbskulls. People we could make fun of because there was no way others could be like that.
Now, we have people who are just like that and will act like that for our amusement, hence reality shows like Jersey Shore and the like.
 
2012-10-09 10:51:33 AM
This takes me back to yesterday's Comcast Bully-Boy thread, where the discussion became in part "fark cable TV". Yet another reason we dropped cable. Or at least its a reason I didn't argue. It seemed like we were watching more and more of the reality trash. I don't think we intended to. That train-wreck effect is real.
 
2012-10-09 10:54:31 AM

mark12A: old shows on Antenna TV


Funny you should mention that. We had recently discovered our local cable had Antenna and MeTV, as they are what's on the side-channels of some Louisville stations. So, if there's anything I miss, its that old stuff. Loved watching Alfred Hitchcock again, but I'm sure all those shows are out there online fo sheezy.
 
2012-10-09 10:55:12 AM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Khazar-Khum: Huh. It's like you're forced to watch this garbage, instead of changing the channel or turning off the TV. Who knew?

You know what's a legitimate option as long as we continue to fund public TV?

Keeping the TV on and watching something worthwhile.

We only wind up with your false dichotomy if we insist on allowing the privatization fetishists to have everything there is.


So you're saying that commercial TV is inherently junk due to its commercial nature? Sounds to me like you're still trapped in the false dichotomy.
 
2012-10-09 11:00:19 AM

Mentat: It's been interesting watching the gradual down-grading of reality tv. When it started, it was about promoting blue collar types. Whatever you think about the Teutul's, at least they're in a respectable business that actually produces something. Now though, it's about ferreting out the freaks and losers of society and promoting them as paragons. It panders to our need to feel superior to someone while at the same time thumbing our collective noses at the "elitists" of society who think we shouldn't emulate the Honey Boo Boo's of the world.


I see it as taking the place of the daytime talk show format of the 90s. Sure, we've still got Jerry Springer, but it's a far cry from the 90s when we had at least a dozen of these shows - Leeza, Richard Bey, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Montel, Sally Jesse... even Tempestt Bledsoe got a show.

It's all just a continuation of going to the circus to look at the freaks. Whereas before it was entirely physical freaks, through television and backstory we've been able to move into the realm of emotional freaks to jeer and gawk at. We haven't changed much.
 
2012-10-09 11:02:29 AM
In Memoriam: "The Learning Channel"
 
2012-10-09 11:02:29 AM
 
2012-10-09 11:02:42 AM
All the people who say "Connections"

I'll raise you "The Operation"
 
2012-10-09 11:09:08 AM

NowhereMon: And say what you like, that chick from trading spaces was HOT 

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Paige Davis. Who married a guy named Page, so technically she's Paige Page.
 
2012-10-09 11:10:00 AM
TLC snapshot:
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/Oblig
 
2012-10-09 11:10:33 AM
TFA didn't even mention "Sarah Palin's Alaska," but still got the point across.
 
2012-10-09 11:11:30 AM
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2012-10-09 11:12:09 AM

Zombie DJ: Someone on here once said that we used to watch Al Bundy, Fred Flinstone and Jackie Gleason because they were numbskulls.


Al Bundy had a a hot, sexy wife who always craved sex, two kids, a stable job, owned a spacious two-story house, and had enough discretionnary income to regularly visit the strip and finance his weekly highjinks.
Damn, I wished I had Al Bundy's life.
 
2012-10-09 11:14:36 AM

tennessee.hillbilly: I see your Connections, and counter with The Secret Life of Machines.


Both lovely shows.

serial_crusher: / I remember when I was in junior high school, probably 1995 or 1996, they always showed this human sexuality documentary called The Human Animal, and I would try my best to fap to it.


That was the one with the coitus-cam showing ejaculation and the cervix reacting to orgasm, right? Crazy shiat.
 
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