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2013-08-05 07:44:58 AM
Was it fake? Shiat, I believed it
 
2013-08-05 08:07:13 AM
The  megalodon is rare and endangered. They shouldn't be exploited by the discovery channel.
 
2013-08-05 08:15:11 AM

SmackLT: Was it fake? Shiat, I believed it


No you know how I felt about Mermaids: The Body Found.
 
2013-08-05 08:20:20 AM
SONAR DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT
 
2013-08-05 08:22:25 AM
For farks sake, Discovery, I know it's lucrative, but can you PLEASE refrain from trolling the gullible morons? I STILL see people who think the old Dragons "documentary" was real.
 
2013-08-05 08:24:17 AM
Shark week is ruined. How will I go on living?
 
2013-08-05 08:26:18 AM

muck4doo: SmackLT: Was it fake? Shiat, I believed it

No you know how I felt about Mermaids: The Body Found.


That mermaids show was one of the dumbest farking things ever produced for television, and my soul weeps that it was like the highest ratings ever for that channel.
 
2013-08-05 08:34:07 AM
Looks like all the comments from disappointed viewers got deleted. I'm sure this will end well...
 
2013-08-05 08:40:10 AM

Mr.Tangent: Shark week is ruined. How will I go on living?


See if you can find Micro Monsters with David Attenborough. Sweet show.
 
2013-08-05 08:42:17 AM

EmmaLou: Looks like all the comments from disappointed viewers got deleted. I'm sure this will end well...


No, they are still there.
 
2013-08-05 08:42:44 AM
I saw this last night.  Just when I thought Discovery Channel couldn't go any lower, they did this.


Pretty good comment FTA:   It's official, Shark Week has jumped the shark!
 
2013-08-05 08:43:56 AM
Programming like this makes me really sad I cancelled cable.
 
2013-08-05 08:49:03 AM

LordJiro: For farks sake, Discovery, I know it's lucrative, but can you PLEASE refrain from trolling the gullible morons? I STILL see people who think the old Dragons "documentary" was real.


I want to believe!

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2013-08-05 08:54:56 AM
I was honestly expecting Sharknado to be in the lineup. Or some mockumentary about sharknados.
 
2013-08-05 09:01:03 AM
Shark week sucks.
 
2013-08-05 09:07:25 AM
My wife and daughter was watching it while I was running some errands. They were both scared and huddled on the couch when I got. I told my wife it was fake after I put the kids to bed. I'm not sure when I'll tell the kids it was fake.
 
2013-08-05 09:11:59 AM

WippitGuud: Mr.Tangent: Shark week is ruined. How will I go on living?

See if you can find Micro Monsters with David Attenborough. Sweet show.


Sold.
 
2013-08-05 09:17:18 AM
Goddamn it so much... I just checked the channel schedules for History, H2, National Geographic and Discovery and it's nothing but wall-to-wall stupid. And of course TLC decided to dunk it's head completely in the crapper years ago.

/ I'm gonna go donate to PBS now....
 
2013-08-05 09:17:47 AM
Discovery Channel? Fake? WELL I NEVER!
 
2013-08-05 09:20:42 AM

minoridiot: My wife and daughter was watching it while I was running some errands. They were both scared and huddled on the couch when I got. I told my wife it was fake after I put the kids to bed. I'm not sure when I'll tell the kids it was fake.


My 7 year old nephew figured it out and changed the channel after 5 minutes. Your wife's a moran.

/he was REALLY excited for shark week too. Everyone involved at Discovery should be in the unemployment line right now
 
2013-08-05 09:29:06 AM

GRCooper: minoridiot: My wife and daughter was watching it while I was running some errands. They were both scared and huddled on the couch when I got. I told my wife it was fake after I put the kids to bed. I'm not sure when I'll tell the kids it was fake.

My 7 year old nephew figured it out and changed the channel after 5 minutes. Your wife's a moran.

/he was REALLY excited for shark week too. Everyone involved at Discovery should be in the unemployment line right now


Except this will probably raise the ratings from last year.  They'll be promoted and things will get even worse.

See also:  Bonnie Hammer
 
2013-08-05 09:33:52 AM
This is nothing new for Discovery.  They've been doing fake shows like this for at least a few years now.

They should just show a bunch of cartoons instead.  At least it would be entertaining.

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2013-08-05 09:35:23 AM
At least they didn't have the so-called "naval officer" who was supposedly stationed in a city whose name he repeatedly mispronounced.
 
2013-08-05 09:36:49 AM
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2013-08-05 09:45:21 AM
Is too .  Is not.
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2013-08-05 09:48:31 AM
Was it at least a little more believe than their "documentary" about "aquatic ape" mermaids?
 
2013-08-05 09:53:45 AM
At least I know now I can delete that from my DVR.  Not wasting my time with shiat like this.

What happened, Discovery?  You used to be cool.
 
2013-08-05 09:55:22 AM
Shut your whore mouths, all of you! MEGALODON IS BAD-ASS!!!!
 
2013-08-05 09:58:53 AM

bsharitt: Was it at least a little more believe than their "documentary" about "aquatic ape" mermaids?


Their first 'victim interview' had a name that was an anagram of "jokers". (Jess Oker I think). Even the anagram was lazy.
 
2013-08-05 10:01:17 AM
Dog Welder: At least I know now I can delete that from my DVR.  Not wasting my time with shiat like this.

Same here.  I recorded it, assuming it was about the extinct megalodon and how it relates to the modern-day Great White.
 
2013-08-05 10:02:46 AM
I love these things, if for nothing else, to find out exactly how stupid some of my co-workers are. I just wandered into a conversation that ended with "it just goes to show, we should be spending way more money underwater than in space...I mean, at least we got stuff down there!"

/I was not laughing, I merely choked on this croissant here. Please continue...
 
2013-08-05 10:02:48 AM
Just show sharknado every night and call it even.
 
2013-08-05 10:08:17 AM
turned it on and my 10 year old said daddy this might scare me and since we are going to the beach soon I don't need her scared of the water. I caught the end of it, the megalodon was diving to 6000+ feet., and I was suspicious as to the reality.
 
2013-08-05 10:12:25 AM
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Made for a good lousy book, though
 
2013-08-05 10:17:22 AM
Next thing you know they're going to show The Flintstones as a documentary.
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2013-08-05 10:18:06 AM
Scheiss Sharks!

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2013-08-05 10:22:43 AM
Right when something hit their ship and their power hiccuped, the power in my house did as well. It could not have been timed more perfectly to make my girlfriend nearly shiat herself.

The scenes from the whale beached in Hawaii looked so fake as well as the other footage. What a mess.
 
2013-08-05 10:23:59 AM
i'm waiting for Shart Week.

I think it's on SyFy.
 
2013-08-05 10:27:04 AM
Shark Week?

It'll never get through the first round.
 
2013-08-05 10:31:32 AM
Got me to click a facebook link, pretty sneaky sis.
 
2013-08-05 10:39:38 AM
Deer kill and injure more people in this country alone every year than sharks worldwide.  The only reason you don't see Deer Week is because Bambi isn't seen as scary.
 
2013-08-05 10:41:18 AM
OK, Megalodon doesn't exist any longer, so how could they NOT use actors and CGI footage? I haven't watched this thing, but I'm curious as to how this is "fake"? Is this like that Mermaids one where they present it as fact the whole time, rather than as a speculative 'What If?', show, or did they present this as hard science, as if this all really happened?
 
2013-08-05 10:52:17 AM

Mikey1969: OK, Megalodon doesn't exist any longer, so how could they NOT use actors and CGI footage? I haven't watched this thing, but I'm curious as to how this is "fake"? Is this like that Mermaids one where they present it as fact the whole time, rather than as a speculative 'What If?', show, or did they present this as hard science, as if this all really happened?


They uses fake headlines, fake videos, fake photographs and according to what I'm reading now, actors. The marine biologist clearly sounded like he was acting at times, but then I read today that he isn't even a real marine biologist.
 
2013-08-05 10:56:10 AM
To be fair, unpaid actors are far worse.
 
2013-08-05 10:57:36 AM
I'm pretty sure cable TV will someday air a documentary on deep space which will consist of a black screen and audio.

It used to be called radio!

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2013-08-05 10:59:49 AM

Mikey1969: OK, Megalodon doesn't exist any longer, so how could they NOT use actors and CGI footage? I haven't watched this thing, but I'm curious as to how this is "fake"? Is this like that Mermaids one where they present it as fact the whole time, rather than as a speculative 'What If?', show, or did they present this as hard science, as if this all really happened?


The real tragedy is the number of people who apparently saw it, figured out that the footage was fake, and therefore decided that EVERYthing was fake - megalodons included - and that Discovery wasn't about real things anymore. And yeah, Mermaids probably set them up to receive it that way (CSB, i accidentally got my kids to believe that potholes weren't a real thing because I mentioned them in the same sentence as aliens), but dammit Megalodons were real sharks that happened.

I didn't see it either, but I did see Mermaids, and I also saw the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs special about sea monsters (which was presented as "real", though it relied on time traveling so i mean obviously it wasn't), so I have an idea that a) mockumentaries can be educational while still being fake, and 2) if this new one was made to the same standards as Mermaids, they deserve to be lambasted - but not for daring to show Megalodon during Shark Week. Just for making crapass mockumentaries.

/now i wanna see it, just to see how bad it was
//great advertising, shark week haters
///threes
 
2013-08-05 10:59:53 AM
I saw the promo in which an injured seal has been nursed back to health, and is being released from a pier.  Great white jumps up and nails it.  It was funny because it wasn't real.  Right?  Like, that didn't really happen, right?

/hangs head in shame for laughing
 
2013-08-05 11:06:59 AM
I dunno. I enjoyed Discovery's expose on sharks and the underwater rock bands they drum for.

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2013-08-05 11:15:28 AM

The Bananadragon: The real tragedy is the number of people who apparently saw it, figured out that the footage was fake, and therefore decided that EVERYthing was fake - megalodons included - and that Discovery wasn't about real things anymore. And yeah, Mermaids probably set them up to receive it that way (CSB, i accidentally got my kids to believe that potholes weren't a real thing because I mentioned them in the same sentence as aliens), but dammit Megalodons were real sharks that happened.


If they had done an actual documentary on the Megalodon and framed it in its past environment and how it relates to the modern shark, that would have been really cool.

Instead they tried to pretend the Megalodon still lives and turned it into a shiatty SyFy Original Movie, complete with shiatty CGI.
 
2013-08-05 11:15:30 AM
It would have been fun to present this as "Could megalodon survive today?"  Have experts talk about the shark, its probable habits and food sources, and if it could thrive in today's oceans. Then could have used the Mythbuster's big fake megalodon, tow it past a beach, and video the reactions.

But yeah, the mockumentary was going too far.
 
2013-08-05 11:16:06 AM

The Bananadragon: I didn't see it either, but I did see Mermaids, and I also saw the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs special about sea monsters (which was presented as "real", though it relied on time traveling so i mean obviously it wasn't), so I have an idea that a) mockumentaries can be educational while still being fake, and 2) if this new one was made to the same standards as Mermaids, they deserve to be lambasted - but not for daring to show Megalodon during Shark Week. Just for making crapass mockumentaries.


Yeah, I sat through most of the Mermaids one, and it was definitely done horribly. Doing it as fact rather than speculative history is just stupid. It's one thing to present an entire show as "This is what some people think happened", but to run the thing as a confirmed, or even quasi-confirmed theory is bullshiat.

And you're right, it's even worse when they take something that DID exist and bungle up the presentation so bad that they make people disbelieve in the actual creature. Discovery has gone so far downhill, it's really just a reality network now. Of course, before it was that, it was a 24 hour commercial fest with about 20 minutes of show per hour, so not a lot has changed in the grand scheme of things. Mythbusters was really the beginning of the end though. Same with all of the Discovery clones, like History, they all used to be really good, not they are just commercials and reality crap. Saddest part was that before Ice Road Truckers, I watched a show on either Discovery or History about the people, and it was fascinating, a reality TV crap-fest? Not so much...
 
2013-08-05 11:27:34 AM

Mikey1969: OK, Megalodon doesn't exist any longer, so how could they NOT use actors and CGI footage? I haven't watched this thing, but I'm curious as to how this is "fake"? Is this like that Mermaids one where they present it as fact the whole time, rather than as a speculative 'What If?', show, or did they present this as hard science, as if this all really happened?


Some people still consider megalodon to be a cryptid, along with Bigfoot and Nessie.

Mind you, it actually existed, so I suppose it's more like Tasman Wolf.
 
2013-08-05 11:30:39 AM

WienerButt: Mikey1969: OK, Megalodon doesn't exist any longer, so how could they NOT use actors and CGI footage? I haven't watched this thing, but I'm curious as to how this is "fake"? Is this like that Mermaids one where they present it as fact the whole time, rather than as a speculative 'What If?', show, or did they present this as hard science, as if this all really happened?

They uses fake headlines, fake videos, fake photographs and according to what I'm reading now, actors. The marine biologist clearly sounded like he was acting at times, but then I read today that he isn't even a real marine biologist.




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Sounds fun.
 
2013-08-05 11:35:28 AM

WienerButt: They uses fake headlines, fake videos, fake photographs and according to what I'm reading now, actors.


Yeah, about that part...

Megalodon (/ˈmɛɡələdɒn/ meg-ə-lə-don; meaning "big tooth", from Greek μέγας (megas, "big") and ὀδον (odon, from ὀδούς, odous, "tooth")) is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene).

I'll give 'em a pass on the "actors" and "fake videos" part... It's when the speculative parts get presented as true fact, or when they start acting like the thing was swimming around just last week that pisses me off. Of course you're gonna have actors and fake video though.
 
2013-08-05 11:38:06 AM
Yeah, was watching with the 12 yo nephew, and when they mentioned discovering live coelacanths i told him that part was true - he just assumed it was more BS. Good jorb, Discovery.

Worst part - it was boring. If you're going to make shiat up, at least make it interesting/exciting
 
2013-08-05 11:40:35 AM

WippitGuud: Some people still consider megalodon to be a cryptid, along with Bigfoot and Nessie.

Mind you, it actually existed, so I suppose it's more like Tasman Wolf.


Well, that's just stupid.
 
2013-08-05 11:45:19 AM
I was really disappointed last night.  I used to always watch Shark Week with my mom when I was a kid.  I was really looking forward to continuing the tradition with my 5 month old son.  I saw it was going to be about Megalodon, and was really excited, since imo Meg is the coolest animal to have ever lived.  So we are all settled in and the show starts.  As soon as the text about "The following footage was taken from a blah blah blah" I said, "This had better not be one of those dumbass fake documentaries like that mermaid one."  What do you know.  I left the wife and kid in the living room and got up to empty the dishwasher.  The show sounded so farking bad, with the horrible actors pretending to be scientists, that I couldn't even stand to listen to it from the other room.  I went and turned it back to the Hall of Fame game.  If preseason football is more watchable than your Shark Week programming, you have a serious farking problem.  I gave my son a pat on his head and apologized for the Twitter generation (#MEGALODON, YOU GUYS!!!  Let's all tweet about how totes cray cray this shark is!) ruining Shark Week for him.
 
2013-08-05 11:56:38 AM

Mikey1969: WippitGuud: Some people still consider megalodon to be a cryptid, along with Bigfoot and Nessie.

Mind you, it actually existed, so I suppose it's more like Tasman Wolf.

Well, that's just stupid.


The world is full of stupid.
 
2013-08-05 12:09:58 PM
Mega lo don is real. Either that, or there are 60' great whites.
 
2013-08-05 12:23:57 PM
Shark Week has been steadily declining for a while now. This could be the nail in the coffin.

I used to be obsessed with Shark Week. It got me really interested in the ocean and as a result, I got a degree in Marine Biology. Originally I wanted to work with sharks but it hasn't happened yet- I have worked with their prey though (pinnipeds and cetaceans).

Sadly, even though I knew that Shark Week started last night I didn't tune in. I've seen enough attack re-enactments and "Flying Jaws" clips, thank you. It looks like I made the right decision. Now fake documentaries? Sad. I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.
 
2013-08-05 12:32:41 PM

arghyematey: I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.


Wait:  You're a marine biologist, and one of your co-workers believes in mermaids?
 
2013-08-05 12:35:06 PM

arghyematey: Shark Week has been steadily declining for a while now. This could be the nail in the coffin.

I used to be obsessed with Shark Week. It got me really interested in the ocean and as a result, I got a degree in Marine Biology. Originally I wanted to work with sharks but it hasn't happened yet- I have worked with their prey though (pinnipeds and cetaceans).


I wish I could go back to school. Always wanted to be a marine biologist and they have a great school in Halifax for it. Alas, can't afford it, and I turn 40 next year. Sads.

My big obsession (pun intended) is giant squids.
 
2013-08-05 12:37:31 PM

wildcardjack: I was honestly expecting Sharknado to be in the lineup. Or some mockumentary about sharknados.


Later on in the week they're going to be double featuring Jaws, and Sharknado.
 
2013-08-05 12:37:46 PM

dittybopper: arghyematey: I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.

Wait:  You're a marine biologist, and one of your co-workers believes in mermaids?


"Run along, Walter. See if you can't find a unicorn ."
 
2013-08-05 12:39:08 PM

WippitGuud: My big obsession (pun intended) is giant squids.


Have you read Below, by Ryan Lockwood?  I'm not going swimming in the ocean ... evar again!
 
2013-08-05 12:40:17 PM

dittybopper: arghyematey: I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.

Wait:  You're a marine biologist, and one of your co-workers believes in mermaids?


As it so often goes, I ended up in a different field than what I studied- I'm a zookeeper. BUT DOES THAT REALLY MAKE IT BETTER???? She lost pretty much all of her credibility with that one.
 
2013-08-05 01:09:13 PM

WienerButt: Right when something hit their ship and their power hiccuped, the power in my house did as well. It could not have been timed more perfectly to make my girlfriend nearly shiat herself.

The scenes from the whale beached in Hawaii looked so fake as well as the other footage. What a mess.


That was my "time to change the channel".  Well, that and the timeline.  No freaking way they would be doing a documentary on something from April, along with all the other suspect things everyone else has listed here.

It was stupid, and I want the 45 minutes back I wasted on it.
 
2013-08-05 01:13:27 PM

SoupJohnB: I saw the promo in which an injured seal has been nursed back to health, and is being released from a pier.  Great white jumps up and nails it.  It was funny because it wasn't real.  Right?  Like, that didn't really happen, right?

/hangs head in shame for laughing


based on  http://www.paklinks.com/gs/all-views/138396-chippy-the-sea-lion-eaten - by-a-shark.html

I think
 
2013-08-05 01:15:48 PM

dittybopper: arghyematey: I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.

Wait:  You're a marine biologist, and one of your co-workers believes in mermaids?


The mermaids mockumentary was dangerous in that way - it used actual theories that anthropologists of yore have floated and that actually made some plausible sense if you only know a little bit about ancient humans. I had only taken a semester-long course about anthropology in high school and that was like 18 years go, so based on that incredibly rudimentary "education", the ideas presented in the early segments seemed at least intriguing, if not plausible. But the show got less plausible as it continued, and the BF is super into anthropology/paleontology as a hobby, and also I know how to use my brain, so I asked him about the theories presented. Three minutes on Wikipedia taught us both that the "aquatic ape" premise had been thoroughly debunked, the "vestigial evolutionary thingers" theories were silly, and - his favorite thing to harp on with mermaids - having an animal that propels like a fish but has a head oriented like a human's is absurd. (That last thing is where I'd expect a goddamn marine biologist to go "wait, that doesn't seem right".)

But if you don't know how to use ALL of your mind, and how to go "wait, really? hang on, let me check this out" when you see something amazing like that, then yeah you kind of deserve what you get. The internet makes perfunctory research just too easy.
 
2013-08-05 01:21:22 PM

arghyematey: . I'd say that I can't even believe that people thought that it was true, but one of my co-workers believed the mermaid mockumentaries. That still blows my mind. Some people apparently never learned the value of critical thinking.


Actually, as I'm thinking about it more, the thing that made me first start to seriously doubt the mermaid mockumentaries wasn't even the evidence. It was that the German fisherman they interviewed was speaking almost perfect "I learned German in high school" German. I could understand him far, far too easily and I'll be the first to admit that I'm not at all fluent in the language. Most of the native speakers I've encountered don't speak that slowly, or with such perfect diction and grammar (and really, that's true in any language). So there's that too.
 
2013-08-05 01:26:12 PM
Seriously, now I'm starting to wonder...did anyone else flip channels, see the promo, and go "ooh, one of those mocumentaries", never once thinking it was real?? Or am I waaaay smarter than I previously thought?!

Probably not, but the post about a freaking marine biologist giving it pause...that scared me a little. I feel like Joe in Idiocracy suddenly, I can't be smarter than a marine biologist. I've caught my hair in the car door, ferchrissakes.
 
2013-08-05 01:29:36 PM
eagerly awaiting the sequal...Mermalodon!  That rare occurrence when mermaids are raped by megalodons and the resulting spawn reek havoc through the Earth's oceans.

Which very well could still be going on today.
 
2013-08-05 01:33:04 PM
MegaloWHO?
 
2013-08-05 01:37:39 PM

MadMonk: eagerly awaiting the sequal...Mermalodon!  That rare occurrence when mermaids are raped by megalodons and the resulting spawn reek havoc through the Earth's oceans.

Which very well could still be going on today.


great.  Rule 34 in play.
 
2013-08-05 01:41:46 PM

Total Morselization: MegaloWHO?




MegaloDON, gramps, it's ok. It's on the TV. No, don't worry about it.
 
2013-08-05 01:48:06 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Deer kill and injure more people in this country alone every year than sharks worldwide.  The only reason you don't see Deer Week is because Bambi isn't seen as scary.



Bambi might not be but her friends sure are...

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2013-08-05 02:13:14 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: SoupJohnB: I saw the promo in which an injured seal has been nursed back to health, and is being released from a pier.  Great white jumps up and nails it.  It was funny because it wasn't real.  Right?  Like, that didn't really happen, right?

/hangs head in shame for laughing

based on  http://www.paklinks.com/gs/all-views/138396-chippy-the-sea-lion-eaten - by-a-shark.html


/now weeping helplessly
 
2013-08-05 02:27:31 PM
The History Channel has become the Hillbillys and Aliens Channel, TLC and Honey Boo Boo,  and the Discovery Channel has also elected to go down the Lowest-common-denominator route to the bottom.

If there was any justice or balance in the TV universe, E! will start to show documentaries on the Presidents and the Shopping Channel will start showing science.

Bruce Springsteen wrote a song called '57 channels and nothing's on".  It seemed ridiculous at the time, who knew there would be 357 channels with nothing on?
 
2013-08-05 03:00:16 PM
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2013-08-05 03:54:24 PM
I cracked up when they showed the photo of the Megalodon swimming next to a German U-Boat.
 
2013-08-05 04:42:31 PM
According to Gawker: "With 4.8 million total viewers, last night'sMegalodon: The Monster Shark Lives became the highest rated, most-watched Shark Week broadcast of all time. If you chum, they will come, and, they will come  hard."
 
2013-08-05 05:14:45 PM

cookiefleck: According to Gawker: "With 4.8 million total viewers, last night'sMegalodon: The Monster Shark Lives became the highest rated, most-watched Shark Week broadcast of all time. If you chum, they will come, and, they will come  hard."


This is the saddest thing. They discovered that making sensational fiction (even cheaply sensational), they will get real revenue. Remember, the corporations have to think in the interests of the shareholders. If you aren't looking out for the bottom line, holding back for anything other than public safety or goverment-mandated limitations, your shareholders will oust you.

It started with Dragons! (which, admittedly, was a pretty good show, a bit funky on the CGI, but an nice look at What If science). It scored big, but I heard little of anyone expressing that this was proof of real dragons. Then after reality TV did it's thing to most of the other educational channels, Mermaids... oh God Damned Mermaids. Now it's a race to the bottom; and all the while, stations that hadn't been generating viewership are hitting it big.
 
2013-08-05 07:13:15 PM

JohnnyApocalypse: cookiefleck: According to Gawker: "With 4.8 million total viewers, last night'sMegalodon: The Monster Shark Lives became the highest rated, most-watched Shark Week broadcast of all time. If you chum, they will come, and, they will come  hard."

This is the saddest thing. They discovered that making sensational fiction (even cheaply sensational), they will get real revenue. Remember, the corporations have to think in the interests of the shareholders. If you aren't looking out for the bottom line, holding back for anything other than public safety or goverment-mandated limitations, your shareholders will oust you.

It started with Dragons! (which, admittedly, was a pretty good show, a bit funky on the CGI, but an nice look at What If science). It scored big, but I heard little of anyone expressing that this was proof of real dragons. Then after reality TV did it's thing to most of the other educational channels, Mermaids... oh God Damned Mermaids. Now it's a race to the bottom; and all the while, stations that hadn't been generating viewership are hitting it big.


Mermaids are real.

glittergiltlife.com

/what a weird state
 
2013-08-05 09:38:04 PM
Subby:

While I love Shark Week as much or more as the next person, never in one million years would I click on a link to a facebook page. That monstrosity is going to be a major participant in the demise of humanity and I will never support it by looking at it.

So, I'm not reading your story.
 
2013-08-06 12:04:39 AM

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