WTF Indeed: "Lost Boy Generation"? I'm pretty sure the downfall of TV quality is directly related to Reality TV shows geared toward women and middle-aged men who want to relive their glory years. Eg, Baby Boomers.
NutWrench: If I could go back to any point in time for my entertainment, it would be right around 1985. The glory days of cable TV, when 3/4 of a program's hour wasn't either ads or promotions for other shows. My favorite show was USA's "Night Flight," a variety show that the network would start running around 9pm on Saturday nights and continue until 4-5am the next morning. My roommates and I would sometimes stay up all night.
ZeroCorpse: Tumbleweed Garden: Count me in with not really getting the whole "watching other people play games" thing. I don't have the time to play all the games I want nowadays, why would u watch someone else play?The Koreans actually have ongoing shows and stadium events in which they watch other people play Starcraft for a few hours.Honestly... I don't get it. The fun of games is playing them; Not watching them being played.
Mugato: NutWrench: If I could go back to any point in time for my entertainment, it would be right around 1985. The glory days of cable TV, when 3/4 of a program's hour wasn't either ads or promotions for other shows. My favorite show was USA's "Night Flight," a variety show that the network would start running around 9pm on Saturday nights and continue until 4-5am the next morning. My roommates and I would sometimes stay up all night.We didn't have cable back then so I can't speak to that but if you try to watch '80s network shows today, they're pretty cheesy.
EdgeRunner: The geeks won the culture war, and guess what? Their tastes aren't any more sophisticated or intelligent than any prior generation's. They're just a new social clique, not any kind of evolution of the species.The butthurt over this from all sides is pretty funny, though maybe not as funny as a good episode of "Ow, My Balls" (that wasn't as prescient a joke as everyone thinks, btw. Remember America's Funniest Home Videos? That's literally all the show was).
DubtodaIll: I can't stand naming and dividing "generations." There is no line in the sand or some magical point in time where one generation ends and the next one begins.
lousyskater: BlueDWarrior: If you go on anime forums, you see this in complaints about 'moe' anime being so predominant.The problem is people see this as a recent issue when it's been the standard for the last 25 years. They act like it's something new because they didn't get exposed to it until the internet made it stupid easy to keep up with the stuff currently airing there and they still have their nostalgia glasses on full blast.
Citrate1007: There is an inherent problem for marketing to this demographic in that these slakers don't have very much money to purchase products form advertisers......best to continue marketing to their parents.
BlueDWarrior: That has been the vicious cycle of most mature media companies except maybe Music. The Baby Boomers and leading edge Gen-Xers are the most reliable demo for them, so they will cater to them. Meanwhile Late-X, Gen-Y, and Millenials are horribly unreliable so they don't bother outside of the bare minimum. This has created a pair of feedback loops where it seems like the only commercials on regular Prime-Time are for those 45+ and the only ads on most popular websites are for 30-.
orclover: The Future of? Have you seen TV lately?
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