When did the History channel turn into sludge?

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Skepticoutcast (February 16, 2013, 10:28:18 AM):
Hi there,

Its grumpy SkepticOutcast here, laying my first ovum.

When did the History channel turn into sludge?
Ancient Aliens. This is history?
That's like saying Mickey Mouse is good example of rodent anatomy.

The history channel has become a lot of things: Light entertainment. Somewhat amusing with American Pickers, Pawn Stars, the UFO hunter crap etc. But the thing it is no longer about is f****n history. I get more history from National Geographic.

This just sux.


BoogieMonster (February 16, 2013, 10:42:47 AM):
It's not just the history channel. <- Click colored text.
Skepticoutcast (February 16, 2013, 10:50:08 AM):
You wrote: "this chick is in a skydiving accident wherein her shute partially opens, but still slows her descent by more than 50%. She impacts the ground pretty hard but survives... Well, first they call in an air-crash investigator that explains her velocity + angle of impact could easily, scientifically, explain why she survived.

But then the narrator chips in... "But can science REALLY explain this strange occurrance?".

At this point I'm kinda blinking strangely at the TV.. muttering to myself: "Uh, yeah, he just explained it right at your face"

... the narrator continues while we cut to an elderly woman: "Ms. FundyFoo believes angels could've saved Ms. Victim"...

At this point Ms. FundyFoo explains how angels temporarily suspended the laws of physics...

This is stupid. They are pandering to lowest common denominator. Put this type of s***t on other channels. Like TBN. Not Discovery.

I don’t look at DSTV very often any more. I’ve basically switched to Youtube. Yeah there’s a lot of crap, but also a lot of good science, like sixtysymbols and numberphile.
brianvds (February 16, 2013, 11:00:24 AM):
I lived without a TV for many years, without missing it. Then I got one for free from an acquaintance that emigrated. The old thing only receives SABC3 and e-TV, and I basically only watch TV when I eat, plus the very occasional worthwhile documentary. Mostly it's just utter crap, but there is no law that requires me to watch it.

So on a personal level TV is of no consequence to me. I am somewhat worried about its pernicious effect on society though. I am a school teacher, and every day I can see the effect of mindless pop culture on the youth (rather fittingly, I mistyped "pop culture" as "poop culture" - a typo so appropriate I should perhaps have left it).

On the other hand, pop culture has always existed. Most people are and always have been pretty stupid, and here we still are, kicking and breathing. I'm getting old enough now that I just can't be bothered with fighting these fights anymore, but still young enough to enjoy life. If the youth wants to throw away three millennia of hard-earned knowledge, then it will be their price to pay in a few decades.
thrift (February 16, 2013, 11:34:16 AM):
Welcome, grumpy SkepticOutcast!

We have had Dstv for 7 months and every month my account has been incorrect, so after the third month of deducting (trying, rather, since my account only had enough for my debit orders) too much from my account they have cut me off. Never mind that the mistakes have been theirs! And we have decided to leave it that way as there isn't much we will miss. The good stuff is so larded with repetitious bad ads that it just doesn't seem worth the subscription.


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