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(NPR)   We apparently needed another study and formal report to learn that television shows don't actually reflect the real world   (npr.org) divider line
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2020-12-04 9:07:28 AM  
It is very important I live in a society where people from all walks of life can become interchangeable cogs in the corporate system.
 
2020-12-04 9:52:43 AM  
Neither does MSM
 
2020-12-04 9:53:08 AM  
Not true.
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2020-12-04 9:55:05 AM  
Well at least we know what Ric Romero's up to anymore?
 
2020-12-04 9:55:51 AM  
Are we supposed to think TV is real?

Oh, shiat.
 
2020-12-04 10:00:18 AM  
Well, my season one was underfunded and the writers had issues.  They hadn't come together as a team. Second season wasn't bad.  The critics picked up and the writing levelled off.  Season three was the big hit.  Had everything.  The writers said "How the fark are we gonna top that?" and half went to Seinfeld.  Larry Seinfeld down the street.
Season Four:  New writers.  new directions.  I was keeping last season's numbers on sheer luck.  Season Five:  Everyone phoned it in.  We got moved to a new location and that's death.  Was she pregnant?  Did she lose the baby?  Yeesh.  They were just Xeroxing old scripts from other people and writing our names in to them.  Season Six:  I won't say it's bad but there were two complication/clip shows.  Half of the originals, I wasn't even in anything.
Now, I'm not supposed to talk about the next season but I'll say this:  Coma.  Like the last episode of Magnum P I but all season.  If we get back half our numbers, the money people will be happy.  Plus they can spin off all the people I donated my organs to.
 
2020-12-04 10:05:40 AM  
I learned from 'Friends' that no black people live in NYC.
 
2020-12-04 10:10:03 AM  
Wanted for questioning:

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2020-12-04 10:11:11 AM  
Latinx is the whitest term imposed on the Hispanic community.  So cringe.
 
2020-12-04 10:11:38 AM  
Is it that time of year for the annual "The cast of Friends would never be able to afford Monica's apartment" article?
 
2020-12-04 10:11:40 AM  
Can't count the Flintstones.  Cause that is real.
 
2020-12-04 10:12:17 AM  
For example, women make up 52 percent of the U.S. population, but they show up onscreen 37.9 percent of the time, according to Nielsen's study.

Seems like half the shows out there are about cops, soldiers or firefighters. Take a couple of those off the air and you'd probably end up with women being overrepresented.
 
2020-12-04 10:12:22 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:12:51 AM  
Television is a cesspool filled mostly with garbage, that people can't stop shoving into their brains.

And it shows.
 
2020-12-04 10:13:19 AM  
I'm watching a 1963 rerun of Beverly Hillbillies right now and you're darn tootin' it's fake. It's not in color and the people of the land haven't been screwed out of their money by the banker with the fake smile.
 
2020-12-04 10:13:31 AM  

Declassify Issue: Are we supposed to think TV is real?

Oh, shiat.


Mork and Mindy wasn't a character study?
 
2020-12-04 10:13:41 AM  

zippythechimp: Can't count the Flintstones.  Cause that is real.


Flintstones Winston Cigarettes Commercial (Rare)
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2020-12-04 10:15:22 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:16:22 AM  
Reality TV isn't.
 
2020-12-04 10:16:25 AM  
You mean Benny Hill wasn't real....sloughs off to corner....!!!BANG!!!
 
2020-12-04 10:16:34 AM  
A black astronaut discussing "Friends" with his racially insensitive A.I.
A semi-alphabetical listing of Black actors with speaking roles on Friends
Youtube oUc0vbSlanM
 
2020-12-04 10:17:08 AM  
I learned from Tim Allen that the Christian White Male is the most persecuted person on the planet.  How my heart bleeds for them.
 
2020-12-04 10:20:33 AM  
Considering what I know about the 2020 season of Real World, I vastly prefer TV.
 
2020-12-04 10:21:23 AM  
Honey Boo-Boo is still real to me dammit!
 
2020-12-04 10:22:06 AM  
When I was single I had a dozen hot women all fighting over me. Every week I'd tell the one that put out the least to get lost (but I'd send her away in a limo because I'm a nice guy). Always thought that would make for great TV...
 
2020-12-04 10:22:53 AM  
not to fear...."Hankering for Honeybear" coming soon....
 
2020-12-04 10:23:38 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Television is a cesspool filled mostly with garbage, that people can't stop shoving into their brains.

And it shows.


Frank Zappa ... I'm the Slime
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2020-12-04 10:24:15 AM  
A random thought:

So, I've heard about the show "Shameless" for years from some of my students.  Never seen it, but I've always been fascinated that the kids that tell me about always seem to be a certain type when it comes to their personalities.  They're generally very loud, outspoken kids, usually kinda lazy, can't seem to function unless they're in a relationship, and seem to have some sort of emotional break-down at least once a week.

I asked a regular viewer about the show and they kinda gave me a rundown of the main characters, and I started seeing the connections.

Apparently one of the characters is your classic underachiever... college professors can't compare to his genius -- I guess in the show they even make it a point to have him outsmarting college professors.  And then there's the older sister who 'takes care of everyone", but is constantly drugged up or banging someone.  Overall, how you "feel" seems to justify any and all actions of all the characters -- regardless of common sense and logic.

I decided that whoever writes for the show understands Trump voters at a very profound level.  They've really tapped into the psyche of the group.
 
2020-12-04 10:26:25 AM  
TV puts people on the air that sell ad revenue.

They also pull talent from the pool of available applicants. If 200 people show up to the cattle call for the role 'handsome doctor' and 190 of them are white - odds are that the most qualified actor is going to be white.
 
2020-12-04 10:28:36 AM  
So, who IS over-represented on TV then??
 
2020-12-04 10:29:05 AM  
I remember reading somewhere that women made the decisions to purchase something like 80 percent of the consumer goods purchased in the United States in a typical year.

If that's at all accurate, the underrepresentation of women on TV is even more puzzling. It's not as if all those white men on TV are eye candy for lonely women!
 
2020-12-04 10:29:31 AM  

Declassify Issue: Are we supposed to think TV is real?

Oh, shiat.


My cousin used to think small people lived inside the TV.

This, obviously, was when TVs were large enough to think that.
 
2020-12-04 10:31:15 AM  

Chunkybeets: You mean Benny Hill wasn't real....sloughs off to corner....!!!BANG!!!


Ok, this is awkward.
Should I tell all of these women chasing me in lingerie and garters to stop?

/sentence is open to interpretation
 
2020-12-04 10:32:27 AM  
TV is predominantly the media for the over 50 crowd but everywhere else it is no longer the main medium affecting the world. Social media is the new boob tube so this is pretty much Leslie Nielsen Ratings saying 'nothing to see here' while tiktok, fb, and Instagram fireworks are exploding behind him.
 
2020-12-04 10:33:16 AM  

Chunkybeets: You mean Benny Hill wasn't real....sloughs off to corner....!!!BANG!!!


Welp, I'm off to slap a short bald man on the head repeatedly.
 
M-G
2020-12-04 10:34:06 AM  

rnatalie: Reality TV isn't.


I had a relative on House Hunters.  They had already bought their house.  When they viewed the one they "picked" it already had their furniture in it.
 
2020-12-04 10:34:54 AM  

InfoFreako: Chunkybeets: You mean Benny Hill wasn't real....sloughs off to corner....!!!BANG!!!

Welp, I'm off to slap a short bald man on the head repeatedly.


To clarify: not that short bald man.
 
2020-12-04 10:35:09 AM  

MikeyFuccon: I remember reading somewhere that women made the decisions to purchase something like 80 percent of the consumer goods purchased in the United States in a typical year.

If that's at all accurate, the underrepresentation of women on TV is even more puzzling. It's not as if all those white men on TV are eye candy for lonely women!


I ran for [office redacted], some many moons ago.
I got my hand on voter data and crunched the numbers.
While the male to female voter turnout was almost identical, the male candidates got almost exactly double the number of votes on average.

Make of that what you will.
 
2020-12-04 10:39:30 AM  

Resident Muslim: MikeyFuccon: I remember reading somewhere that women made the decisions to purchase something like 80 percent of the consumer goods purchased in the United States in a typical year.

If that's at all accurate, the underrepresentation of women on TV is even more puzzling. It's not as if all those white men on TV are eye candy for lonely women!

I ran for [office redacted], some many moons ago.
I got my hand on voter data and crunched the numbers.
While the male to female voter turnout was almost identical, the male candidates got almost exactly double the number of votes on average.

Make of that what you will.


I just want you both to know that I have a mental image in which the two of you are wearing lab coats and very big glasses while you write these comments.

You better take those things off because I beat you up for being NERDS.
 
2020-12-04 10:40:01 AM  
FTA: Black people ...were actually slightly overrepresented with 18.1 percent of screen time, while comprising 14 percent of the population

So we are done then? Mission accomplished?
 
2020-12-04 10:40:52 AM  

Declassify Issue: Are we supposed to think TV is real?

Oh, shiat.


Well they way a lot of white men have a farking emotional meltdown when they don't feel sufficiently represented in entertainment media, it's hard to say it doesn't matter.
 
2020-12-04 10:42:36 AM  

M-G: rnatalie: Reality TV isn't.

I had a relative on House Hunters.  They had already bought their house.  When they viewed the one they "picked" it already had their furniture in it.


I'm on a reality series right now. (food network). Nobody made me or my team do shiat. Everything you see is real.
 
2020-12-04 10:44:19 AM  
The last 4 years of politics makes the West Wing look like kindergarten naivety. Was binge watching Suits recently, and had several LOL moments where an attorney would proclaim "That would send them to prison" which I sardonically snarked "Until their President buddy pardons them"

Also tremendously disappointed that the majority of diversity shows can be caulked up to bullshiat with the current openly racist atmosphere.
 
2020-12-04 10:44:53 AM  

M-G: rnatalie: Reality TV isn't.

I had a relative on House Hunters.  They had already bought their house.  When they viewed the one they "picked" it already had their furniture in it.


The way they edit House Hunters, I'm almost never right about which house they pick. So, I am always surprised. Now, I know a little more, which is nice.
 
2020-12-04 10:50:45 AM  
Television isn't what we need it's what we want.
 
2020-12-04 11:04:37 AM  
Next they will tell me that shoe salesmen can't afford two story houses or early twenty year old people with entry level jobs can't afford giant apartments in New York City.
 
2020-12-04 11:04:38 AM  
Oh TV reflects real life all right. The society as a whole never really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, the homeless vets. They just pose and deliver vapid looks and insipid platitudes and excuses while the rich keep plundering and call it a day.
 
2020-12-04 11:10:40 AM  

MikeyFuccon: I remember reading somewhere that women made the decisions to purchase something like 80 percent of the consumer goods purchased in the United States in a typical year.

If that's at all accurate, the underrepresentation of women on TV is even more puzzling. It's not as if all those white men on TV are eye candy for lonely women!


Probably because there are a whole lot of Weinstein like people making decisions in the entertainment industry. For them only men have interesting stories. And everything needs a giant mechanical spider.

/Ask Kevin Smith about the mechanical spider.
 
2020-12-04 11:14:03 AM  

soporific: Is it that time of year for the annual "The cast of Friends would never be able to afford Monica's apartment" article?


Monica Geller had (((rich parents))) and Chandler Bing made good money handling the WENIS.
 
2020-12-04 11:19:19 AM  
With internet and all the channels I have no idea whats on network TV anymore.
 
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