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(The Wire)   Saying that the network is now peddling sensationalistic fiction rather than actual science, marine biologists charge that Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" has now...well...you know   (thewire.com ) divider line
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2014-08-14 05:18:28 PM  
Nuked the fridge?
 
2014-08-14 05:57:34 PM  
Comedy Central's Shart Week on the other hand, is still the real deal.
 
2014-08-14 06:07:06 PM  
The other day, they were airing Alien Shark, followed by Zombie Shark.... 
Really.

I mean, think the names were misleading regarding the content of the shows, but it was still an obvious ploy to reap in viewers.
 
2014-08-14 06:14:06 PM  
fixed the cable?
 
2014-08-14 06:15:02 PM  
 . . . succumbed to marketing hype?
 
2014-08-14 06:16:58 PM  
...in a row?
 
2014-08-14 06:19:16 PM  
TLC actually used to be the learning channel. I guess it was just a matter of time.
 
2014-08-14 06:25:07 PM  
Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.
 
2014-08-14 06:31:27 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.


Is it any coincidence that the only decent show left on the Discovery Channel is produced by Beyond Television Productions?
 
2014-08-14 06:39:02 PM  
Jumped the whale?
 
2014-08-14 06:47:11 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.


Every so often i binge watch connections on youtube.  Its the best wiki walk that existed before the invention of wikipedia.
 
2014-08-14 06:49:17 PM  
I should sit down and rewatch my old Walking With Dinosaurs box set and try to remember better times.
 
2014-08-14 06:52:13 PM  

Kaiser Blade: TLC actually used to be the learning channel. I guess it was just a matter of time.



I used to work at Discovery Communications, home of TLC and the Discovery Channel.  They stopped using "The Learning Channel" as a brand in the mid-90's allegedly because some test markets revealed an aversion to words suggesting 'education.'

and because 'Murica!
 
2014-08-14 07:36:53 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.


I so, so agree.
 
2014-08-14 07:43:58 PM  

TheMysticS: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.

I so, so agree.


Except I'm older than you, I'm betting.
I'm 45 now. I saw the rise and the fall. And watched Sanford and Son contemperarily.


/ is that even a word
 
2014-08-14 07:53:18 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Discovery is doing a better job of raping my childhood than George Lucas and Disney ever could.

Shark Week, Wings, Wild Discovery, Beyond 2000, Movie Magic, Connections, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World... those shows were appointment television for me as a kid in the 90s.


That show was great.  It made Tony Shalhoubs' career.
 
2014-08-14 07:54:30 PM  
Gee, do ya think?
It's all about money and this is what sells.

It really doesn't help that very little shark science into a TV format.
Then again, science isn't really about making good TV.

I want megalodon  devouring aircraft carriers whole
and "submarine"  schnarffling swimmers by the score.

They got the drones. Where are the laser beams?

/and NASCAR
// and WWF
/// come in  3s
 
2014-08-14 08:23:19 PM  

Lex A. Preau: Kaiser Blade: TLC actually used to be the learning channel. I guess it was just a matter of time.


I used to work at Discovery Communications, home of TLC and the Discovery Channel.  They stopped using "The Learning Channel" as a brand in the mid-90's allegedly because some test markets revealed an aversion to words suggesting 'education.'

and because 'Murica!


But who would agree to join a focus group?  The only one I agreed to was when I was 16, at the mall, and they gave me $15, some snacks, and sodas. (back in the 90s)
 
2014-08-14 09:01:50 PM  

Comsamvimes: fixed the cable?

 
2014-08-14 09:02:33 PM  
put on its robe and wizard hat?

..
 
2014-08-14 09:42:35 PM  
When I was a kid in the 80's, Shark Week was awesome.   No reason to fake information to make it better.
 
2014-08-14 09:51:01 PM  
...pressed shift 96660 in a comment on Facebook?
 
2014-08-14 10:02:11 PM  
My favorite response to "Shark Week" is "Shart Week" on Comedy Central
 
2014-08-14 10:16:34 PM  

Kaiser Blade: TLC actually used to be the learning channel. I guess it was just a matter of time.


MTV used to be about music.
Food Network used to be about food.
AMC used to be about classic movies.
History Channel used to be about history.

...etc, etc.
 
2014-08-14 10:33:29 PM  
Yo dog...
I heard you liked sharks.
please don't...
Shark jumping, CORAL!
 
2014-08-14 11:16:31 PM  
Fun fact: The masses don't like to be educated. See: American Singing Show Judged By Has-Beens, Fat Pageant Girl Eatsalot, Homophobic Duck Shooters, People Screaming Obscenities While Building Bicycles, and Guys With Piss Soaked Pants Chasing Noises With Nightvision Cameras.

The closest we came to educational TV was the recent version of Cosmos, and even that was meant to just get people intrigued to learn more later on, never meant for more than 1 season. Ever wonder why educational shows aren't on TV? A mix of ratings, money, lack of education on the part of the consumers, and a pinch of sedating the masses so they can't question things.
 
2014-08-15 07:07:30 AM  

northguineahills: Lex A. Preau: Kaiser Blade: TLC actually used to be the learning channel. I guess it was just a matter of time.


I used to work at Discovery Communications, home of TLC and the Discovery Channel.  They stopped using "The Learning Channel" as a brand in the mid-90's allegedly because some test markets revealed an aversion to words suggesting 'education.'

and because 'Murica!

But who would agree to join a focus group?  The only one I agreed to was when I was 16, at the mall, and they gave me $15, some snacks, and sodas. (back in the 90s)


Shiat, pays better than fark.
 
2014-08-15 07:59:52 AM  
I watched ALIEN SHARKS, and was pleasantly surprised that it was a decent (if somewhat ADD)
documentary about a biologist who went out with a deep sea fishing trawler to study deep water sharks
that get hauled up in the nets combined with an overview of some of the more interesting members of
the Family Carcharhinidae.

Fortunately, it wasn't this guy:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-15 08:34:19 AM  

T.rex: The other day, they were airing Alien Shark, followed by Zombie Shark.... 
Really.

I mean, think the names were misleading regarding the content of the shows, but it was still an obvious ploy to reap in viewers.


Yeah, the names were bullshiat, but the shows were at least rooted in reality.

Plus, Zombie Shark had some dumbass leave his shark cage to try and tickle a 16 foot great white's nose, only to get trapped outside the cage and nearly chomped when a BIGGER shark showed up. So there was that, which was amusing.
 
2014-08-15 11:13:06 AM  
"Now in its 27th year "

Wow.  I am OLD.
 
2014-08-15 12:03:59 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Comedy Central's Shart Week on the other hand, is still the real deal.


And ironically (or sadly) probably more scientifically accurate at this point.
 
2014-08-15 01:43:32 PM  
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