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2013-05-23 01:25:23 PM  
I've only seen Games of Thrones and didn't like it.
 
2013-05-23 01:49:14 PM  
NGRTFA - RealTastyWindows doesn't need my clicks.

// anyone want to post the list?
 
2013-05-23 01:50:18 PM  

simplicimus: I've only seen Games of Thrones and didn't like it.


I only *recognized* GoT and Downtown Abbey.

/haven't seen either
 
2013-05-23 01:51:41 PM  
All very terrible shows. I doubt very much the are having any real impact.
 
2013-05-23 01:54:58 PM  
Arab Idol?

Premise:
Who wants to blow up a TV Star?
 
2013-05-23 01:55:37 PM  
TV? People still watch that trifle?
 
2013-05-23 01:56:01 PM  

hitlersbrain: All very terrible shows. I doubt very much the are having any real impact.


Agreed, stupid article is stupid.
 
2013-05-23 01:59:42 PM  
I wouldn't guess these how's have any more influence than all the other top shows since 1936, in fact just the opposite. TV is at it's lowest point of influence in fifty years.
 
2013-05-23 02:02:31 PM  
Can't believe some of you are belittling the importance of this list and these shows.

I now know there is a show called "Arab Idol" and a show called "Eurovision" that have been strongly shaping my world view without me even knowing they existed.

That's some serious power right there!
 
2013-05-23 02:04:21 PM  
Here is the list for those too lazy to click five times:

Eurovision - Politicians use the contest's pop-cult tempests to shore up sagging domestic support
Downton Abbey - The world loves stereotypes of Britain
Al Bernameg ("The Program") - Egyptian version of "The Daily Show" hosted by a cardiac surgeon/comedian
Game of Thrones - The world loves stereotypes of Britain.  Also it loves putting on its robe and wizard hat.  Especially if boobs are involved.
Arab Idol - Contestants imitate Dvořák by injecting political grievances into their performances

But yeah it's a terrible article and no one-including the author-should have wasted any time on it.
 
2013-05-23 02:06:46 PM  

hitlersbrain: All very terrible shows. I doubt very much the are having any real impact.


One could definitely recognize The Program's place in the regional political theater, but not world
 
2013-05-23 02:08:45 PM  
DRTFA

- Teen moms
- Keeping up with Kardasians
- Simpsons (only Homer & Mr. Burns)
- Jersey Shores
- Jerry Springler show

If this is the list they provided, they would be damn accurate.
 
2013-05-23 02:13:01 PM  
Slideshows are shaping world politics because they push everyone just that much further towards harming their fellow human beings.
 
2013-05-23 02:13:22 PM  

Dellirium: Arab Idol?

Premise:
Who wants to blow up a TV Star?


Jihad with the stars is way better.
 
2013-05-23 02:15:47 PM  
Lame list

Would have predicted Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters, and Justified; but I may be out of touch
 
2013-05-23 02:16:03 PM  
They like Downtown Abbey in Denmark? Big deal. Everybody loves British TV. As Jamie Oliver says, their TV is brilliant.

Canadian TV is was very popular in Turkey and possibly Lithuania or Estonia. The theory is that many world markets like Canadian programming because it has less sex and violence than US shows, especially the children's programming. It therefore does very well in some unexpected places where educational TV can be fast and fun, but can't be fast and furious.

One of my favourite shows was Quads! an Australian-Canadian co-production based on the cartoons of the American quadraplegic cynic, John Callahan. It's not PC but it is sweet and huggable and thus qualifies as Canadian TV although it is really from Washington State, or Little Canada as we call it.

And apparently we've managed to out-BBC the BBC with The Tudors, which does, uncharacteristically have A LOT OF SEX AND VIOLENCE, but that is to be expected as it is the British Royal Family.

i love British sitcoms, documentaries, and so forth. Did you know that the UK actually produces more shows than the US? Export-oriented market they developed to pay for World War II (they're still paying the interest on the money you loaned them, you Yankee Bastards. I keed. I keed because I love and because it annoys me to no end.). They know they are sitting on a gold mine of romance, comedy and snobbery and they exploit it fully thanks to an odd sort of public TV you are obliged to pay for.

Seriously. They charge you for over-the-air broadcasting. They have TV-detector vans, the way that the US has citizen-killing drones. Weird little counties, those United Kingdoms. It's like PBS only they don't hold telethons to ask for even more of your money. They content themselves with what they can screw out of the Government with embarrassing photos and film of interviews, sex capades, and other crimes.

Did I mention that I have ancestors from Downton, England? It's a real place. It may even have a real Abbey, although in the real world it's probably a ruin with a car park and snack concession attached.

I have not watched a single episode of Downton Abbey yet. I haven't even added the show to my giant pile of unwatched DVDs, Blurays and VHS tapes. Over 2,080 items and counting.

No, I'm not boycotting their Lordships economic rents. I am waiting for the price to drop. I can tell from long experience that eventually those boxed sets are going to hit $19.99. That's when I strike. I already have six and half seasons of Dr. Who almost completely unwatched in my giant life-threatening wobbly pile of infotainment. I saw a few episodes of the Doctor that I Like and it is guarantee enough that I'll probably enjoy the Other half dozen Doctors some day.

In the meantime, I could grab a random pile of DVDs and spend the next six months watching them day and night. I have whole TV series (some that ran for YEARS) that I haven't watched.

I'm sick, man, sick. I went from Bibliomania to Hoarding. Have you watched that show? I'd add it to my collection only the irony might cause my apartment to catch fire. And let's not forget Who do you think you are? It's a no-brainer for amateur genealogists because if you like a celebrity, it's really easy to look up their family tree and steal as many of their ancestors for yourself as you can.

I looked at Al Gore's family tree yesterday and it's all Tennesee and Virginia. Pretty useless to me because the few branches of my family tree that emigrated to Virginia are mostly dead ends--they wandered West and only occasionally ran into other branches of my family tree, so they are pretty cut off from the main trunks of my family forest.

I do have the great Mareen Duval of Maryland, and some connections to the Lees (as well as several Union Army Generals such as Sherman), but that's dime-a-dozen stuff. I didn't see a single name I knew in the ancestry of Al Gore, not even Mayflower Pilgrims, who are still very collectible.
 
2013-05-23 02:18:14 PM  
No Red Dwarf?
 
2013-05-23 02:23:44 PM  
brantgoose:  [...]  Canadian TV is was very popular in Turkey and possibly Lithuania or Estonia. The theory is that many world markets like Canadian programming because it has less sex and violence than US shows, especially the children's programming. It therefore does very well in some unexpected places where educational TV can be fast and fun, but can't be fast and furious. ...[tl;dr]

The theory is that they are dirt-cheap--because we are desperately looking to keep our homegrown content afloat.  And not every country can afford to / has the political will to fleece its citizens to maintain a state-run broadcaster to crank out shows in direct competition with those produced by private industry.
 
2013-05-23 02:26:20 PM  
at least "24" isn't shaping American military rules of engagement any more.

(I hope)
 
2013-05-23 02:29:32 PM  
And we can thank Galactica for terrorism.
 
2013-05-23 02:30:22 PM  
Here's the village website:   http://www.downton.org.uk/

I found it in between a bunch of links to the Downton Abbey show and articles on Sean Coombs' AKA P-Diddy's spoof of the show for Funny or Die.

Doesn't Sean Coombs sound like a little sleepy English village in Wiltshire? It may take a village to raise a child, but in Sean Coombs case, the child IS a village. For one thing, he keeps changing his name all the time, so it's like he clones himself more than that guy in the movie, Multiplication. You know, the one whose name I can never remember. I think he's Canadian.

Puff Bippy Do Diddle Daddy Doo Bop the Third. Sean Coombs' next alias but one.

I also have Coombs in my family tree, but those Coombs are originally Welsh or possibly French and have lived in New England for three to four hundred years.

Most of the Southern Coombs are a different lot who came to America through Germany as Hugenots or whatnot, and a lot of them are African Americans who took the name from their former owners. There's at least three different "souches" or "tap roots" as the French say.

Coomb means valley in Welsh.

Ernie Coombs of Maine was one of Canada's most beloved TV entertainers under the stage name of Mr. Dressup. I don't know if he is a relation of mine, but I will eventually find out. I would be honoured to add him to my extended family tree as he brought a little fun into my childhood. He was as Canadian in his way as McIntosh Apple Pie. All McIntosh apples are descended from a single tree found on a Farm in Ontario in the 1790s.

I am also related to the Bartletts, who also found some trees that now bear their name. It turned out, a century or so later, that the pears they found were actually an English variety but it was too late. All of America calls them by their American name. This is the same Bartlett family who brought a Breaches Bible to America. This Bible got the nickname because it says that God made breaches for Adam and Eve to cover their nekkidness.

And thus, by circumambulation and run of river, I have digressed from Downton Abbey to Sean Coombs to Mr. Dressup to the Bartlett Pear to collectible famous bibles.

Let us return to our sheeple.
 
2013-05-23 02:33:50 PM  

darth_badger: No Red Dwarf?


Season Ten is partly a parody of Bladerunner.

There is no Season Nine. It has yet to escape from the show into the real world.

Well, Season Ten is now Season Nine, but I hear they might make a Season Nine some day to replace the loss of Season Ten. This sort of thing happens all the time in television production but we don't hear about it because the Government covers it up.
 
2013-05-23 02:36:17 PM  
There is only one show when it comes to politics...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-23 02:42:12 PM  

Thurston Howell: brantgoose:  [...]  Canadian TV is was very popular in Turkey and possibly Lithuania or Estonia. The theory is that many world markets like Canadian programming because it has less sex and violence than US shows, especially the children's programming. It therefore does very well in some unexpected places where educational TV can be fast and fun, but can't be fast and furious. ...[tl;dr]

The theory is that they are dirt-cheap--because we are desperately looking to keep our homegrown content afloat.  And not every country can afford to / has the political will to fleece its citizens to maintain a state-run broadcaster to crank out shows in direct competition with those produced by private industry.


Considering the quality of most Canadian TV shows, it should be illegal.


/Murdoch Mysteries gave me cancer
 
2013-05-23 02:44:59 PM  
Must see TV more like must flee TV, amarite?
 
2013-05-23 03:02:59 PM  
I get that downton is popular but I am pretty sure its not exactly influencing things in the ways that the others are
 
2013-05-23 03:07:12 PM  

Thurston Howell: Here is the list for those too lazy to click five times:

Eurovision - Politicians use the contest's pop-cult tempests to shore up sagging domestic support
Downton Abbey - The world loves stereotypes of Britain
Al Bernameg ("The Program") - Egyptian version of "The Daily Show" hosted by a cardiac surgeon/comedian
Game of Thrones - The world loves stereotypes of Britain.  Also it loves putting on its robe and wizard hat.  Especially if boobs are involved.
Arab Idol - Contestants imitate Dvořák by injecting political grievances into their performances

But yeah it's a terrible article and no one-including the author-should have wasted any time on it.


SpongeBob Squarepants has a greater geopolitical impact than all those shows put together.

And he forgot to mention Archer.
 
2013-05-23 03:34:01 PM  
All those shows are terrible. I haven't seen any of them though because I don't ahve a TV. I doubt any TV show would have any impact on the world. All the important people are too busy on Fark to watch TV shows.
 
2013-05-23 04:12:00 PM  

darth_badger: No Red Dwarf?


All the smegging smegheads have been smegged to smegging hell already and that's just smurfy with me
 
2013-05-23 04:29:18 PM  

simplicimus: I've only seen Games of Thrones and didn't like it.


The first book was a fun read. It's too bad he basically went up his own asshole with the next four books.
 
2013-05-23 04:34:35 PM  

brantgoose: They like Downtown Abbey in Denmark? Big deal. Everybody loves British TV. As Jamie Oliver says, their TV is brilliant.

Canadian TV is was very popular in Turkey and possibly Lithuania or Estonia. The theory is that many world markets like Canadian programming because it has less sex and violence than US shows, especially the children's programming. It therefore does very well in some unexpected places where educational TV can be fast and fun, but can't be fast and furious.

One of my favourite shows was Quads! an Australian-Canadian co-production based on the cartoons of the American quadraplegic cynic, John Callahan. It's not PC but it is sweet and huggable and thus qualifies as Canadian TV although it is really from Washington State, or Little Canada as we call it.

And apparently we've managed to out-BBC the BBC with The Tudors, which does, uncharacteristically have A LOT OF SEX AND VIOLENCE, but that is to be expected as it is the British Royal Family.

i love British sitcoms, documentaries, and so forth. Did you know that the UK actually produces more shows than the US? Export-oriented market they developed to pay for World War II (they're still paying the interest on the money you loaned them, you Yankee Bastards. I keed. I keed because I love and because it annoys me to no end.). They know they are sitting on a gold mine of romance, comedy and snobbery and they exploit it fully thanks to an odd sort of public TV you are obliged to pay for.

Seriously. They charge you for over-the-air broadcasting. They have TV-detector vans, the way that the US has citizen-killing drones. Weird little counties, those United Kingdoms. It's like PBS only they don't hold telethons to ask for even more of your money. They content themselves with what they can screw out of the Government with embarrassing photos and film of interviews, sex capades, and other crimes.

Did I mention that I have ancestors from Downton, England? It's a real place. It may even have a real Abbey, although in the real world it's probably a ruin with a car park and snack concession attached.

I have not watched a single episode of Downton Abbey yet. I haven't even added the show to my giant pile of unwatched DVDs, Blurays and VHS tapes. Over 2,080 items and counting.

No, I'm not boycotting their Lordships economic rents. I am waiting for the price to drop. I can tell from long experience that eventually those boxed sets are going to hit $19.99. That's when I strike. I already have six and half seasons of Dr. Who almost completely unwatched in my giant life-threatening wobbly pile of infotainment. I saw a few episodes of the Doctor that I Like and it is guarantee enough that I'll probably enjoy the Other half dozen Doctors some day.

In the meantime, I could grab a random pile of DVDs and spend the next six months watching them day and night. I have whole TV series (some that ran for YEARS) that I haven't watched.

I'm sick, man, sick. I went from Bibliomania to Hoarding. Have you watched that show? I'd add it to my collection only the irony might cause my apartment to catch fire. And let's not forget Who do you think you are? It's a no-brainer for amateur genealogists because if you like a celebrity, it's really easy to look up their family tree and steal as many of their ancestors for yourself as you can.

I looked at Al Gore's family tree yesterday and it's all Tennesee and Virginia. Pretty useless to me because the few branches of my family tree that emigrated to Virginia are mostly dead ends--they wandered West and only occasionally ran into other branches of my family tree, so they are pretty cut off from the main trunks of my family forest.

I do have the great Mareen Duval of Maryland, and some connections to the Lees (as well as several Union Army Generals such as Sherman), but that's dime-a-dozen stuff. I didn't see a single name I knew in the ancestry of Al Gore, not even Mayflower Pilgrims, who are still very collectible.


If George R R Martin ever decides he doesn't want to write the next 20 pointless, rambling books in his Game of Thrones series, I'm sure he'll give you a call.
 
2013-05-23 04:55:48 PM  
One stupid Russian official complaining about a TV song contest equals "shaping world politics"?

Sounds legit.
 
2013-05-23 05:28:58 PM  
No mention of "The West Wing"?
 
2013-05-23 06:01:57 PM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Considering the quality of most Canadian TV shows, it should be illegal.

/Murdoch Mysteries gave me cancer


Hah!  Murdoch Mysteries is something of a guilty pleasure.  But it does have at least 3-4 facepalm moments each episode, where you shake your head and say "Is that the best you could do?"

/So it's a lot like Bones.  And Criminal Minds.  Which are hilarious for drinking games, but terrible entertainment.
//My wife watches this junk.  I watch mainly to laugh.
 
2013-05-24 02:34:41 AM  
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