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The Day TV Died


Television


just....just f+!@ing smother me in my sleep.


I will gladly smother you for putting up that link.

That is if I can manage to find you after gouging out my own eyes.

They betrayed me... I wanted to stop watching...but..Damn mine eyes!!!!

*sighs*

You are ebil. Ebil.

Greg

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I'm not one to throw words like "permaban" around lightly, but...

(I managed to stop at 0:34 and I feel like I've dodged a bullet loaded with 12 venereal diseases, tetanus, and pink eye)

This makes me that much more thankful I stopped watching TV as a regular thing a decade ago. I had no idea things would get even worse than they were then.

Taldor

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why..........................


I'll have to watch this later.


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I only got through about 40 seconds before my brains started to leak out of my ears.


Cant watch at work, but is this an episode of the kardashians or something?

Taldor

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who thinks throwing rolls of paper towels and packages of toilet paper at each other will make you look good on TV?????

And may I just say WTF?!?! re: the shelves of stuff ...

Also, for the love of all that the decent, teach that child to speak coherently!


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Facepalm

Grand Lodge

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It's the end of the world as we know it........

Silver Crusade

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Freehold DM wrote:
I'll have to watch this later.

reaches out, in slow motion, to stop him before he falls to his fate

but he's too far, out of reach

lips part to call out a warning, but there is only helpless silence as inevitable tragedy unfolds

the wind howls, singing a mournful note in the name of a creeping desolation of the soul


I'll holla for a dolla.


Alright, I ain't clicking on the link, so somebody just tell me what it is. Spoiler tag it if you like. Thanks.


Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Cant watch at work, but is this an episode of the kardashians or something?

Naah; that's like "Masterpiece Theatre" compared to this stuff.

This makes me ashamed to be an American sorta.


Greg Wasson wrote:

I will gladly smother you for putting up that link.

That is if I can manage to find you after gouging out my own eyes.

They betrayed me... I wanted to stop watching...but..Damn mine eyes!!!!

*sighs*

You are ebil. Ebil.

Greg

I agree. I deserve it, I won't fight you.

After seeing that,......I welcome my doom.


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It's....uhm....I don't know how to describe this so I'm just gonna spoiler-tag it. I will say, at least, it's probably work-safe.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!!!!!:
It's a clip of a show about child beauty pageants. Highlights include swimsuits cut so small I'm not sure the equivalent would be legal in all 50 states on grown women, a four-year-old making bedroom eyes at the audience, and a reveal (in the comments) that the poor girl's mother gives her a mix of Mountain Dew and Red Bull in quantities that would make most of us geeks pause and wonder if we should be drinking that much before a pageant. And the girl is clearly trying to communicate that she hates the whole thing with a smile on her face every time she talks. That anyone would do this is disturbing, but the show seems to be trying to paint it in as positive a light as possible.


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Okay.
MTV doesn't have music any more.

Syfy is really "world championship wrestling and wanky ghost hunters."

But, how the hell can The Learning Channel have this crap?

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
The Learning Channel

My God.

It's come to this.

TCM really is the only channel that hasn't had congress with Satan, who is the Devil.

Cheliax

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On a related note...


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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

Okay.

MTV doesn't have music any more.

Syfy is really "world championship wrestling and wanky ghost hunters."

But, how the hell can The Learning Channel have this crap?

...if you really want to know, the answer's as simple as it is disgusting. "Reality Documentaries" like this are absolutely dirt-cheap to make, so they don't have to pull in huge amounts of advertising dollars to make back their budget.

Mythbusters was actually founded on much the same concept - for all that these days they have the operating budget to have a good explosion every episode and tool around the world, if you go back and watch the early shows you'll notice that the content of the show was pretty much "any urban legend we can do out of the excess contents of Jamie's shop."

I bring this up because that's really the operating plan behind these kinds of shows. Even a few degenerates watching this s@+! gets a cable network some money, and since no one has yet figured out the formula for a winning TV show they're all hoping to get a prime time hit.

xn0o0cl3 wrote:
On a related note...

...that was unnecessary.


xn0o0cl3 wrote:
On a related note...

I love how Sharon Osborne is just aloof and too cool for it all.


Mikaze wrote:
Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
The Learning Channel

My God.

It's come to this.

TCM really is the only channel that hasn't had congress with Satan, who is the Devil.

And, on this episode of Masterpiece Theatre.......Daniel Day Lewis,.....in part XIII of Dog the Bounty Hunter......


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This day had arrived for me the day "Big Brother" started. It was a really low point. But then, there was this.

I think all these casting shows are disgusting anyway, nevermind if they use kids or grown ups as media fodder to be used and discarded. With using kids, its even worse.

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:


Syfy is really "world championship wrestling and wanky ghost hunters."

I give you those. But at least Syfy has Warehouse 13, Alphas, Lost Girl, Sanctuary and Haven. So I will give it a partial pass.

Cheers,

Mazra


Never mind ..the 'Beauty Queen' shows every sign off being just as fat and ugly as her momma soon


spechless....

I agree TV is utter rubbish dominated by reality TV crap like this that unfortunatly millions of mindless idiots find entertaining..

Jeremy Kyle, Big Brother, gypsy wedding, only way is essex...gods the world has gone mad...

At lest we have HBO and other similar things so its not all bad.


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ferrinwulf wrote:


At lest we have Pathfinder and other similar things so its not all bad.

I fixed that for you :-)


This is what the gods invented Netflix for. Is so that you can find your most horrifying moments of video carefully curated by internet acquaintances, instead of randomly administered by a faceless, uncaring network.


I've been a Netflix subscriber for a couple of years now, and I'm actually disappointed in the content they offer. About half of what I search for in the movie categories isn't in their catalog. If I didn't have to get DirecTV to get it, I'd subscribe to Blockbuster's service.

And as far as the continuously lowering of the brow that TV is using to take over what were once really interesting, entertaining, and yes, even educational networks goes, it's a shame. I gave up on MTV in the late 80s, but later when I began watching A&E, Discovery, The Learning Channel, and National Geographic, I found a lot of things that I really enjoyed. But all that's just gone to hell in a bucket.

I no longer have cable, just a digital set top receiver for local channels and Netflix. I almost never watch the local channels, either, because for some reason even the station here in town won't come in on it, so my choices are pretty limited there. If I go over to a friend's house we usually just watch whatever he's DVR'd off HBO (Game of Thrones, for example) or whatever bad movies we've managed to track down. My sister has cable, but she's totally stuck on that "Swamp People" show and the one about the jeds (our term for hicks) who made a million bucks off duck calls, and similar shows.

Now, having gotten all that out of my system, Maury's coming on and I need watch and see which one of those four guys on the stage is the real baby daddy.

Cheers!


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Now, having gotten all that out of my system, Maury's coming on and I need watch and see which one of those four guys on the stage is the real baby daddy.

Cheers!

One of the saddest bits of TV that I ever saw was an episode where it wasn't any one of them.

And it wasn't her first try. And she'd been all, oh no, these are the only other possibilities, I swear.

And I could see why she neglected to mention them the first time; I wouldn't want to depend on them either.

All of which implied that the real father was even worse daddy material than the players on the stage.

Sad.


Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

Okay.

MTV doesn't have music any more.

Syfy is really "world championship wrestling and wanky ghost hunters."

But, how the hell can The Learning Channel have this crap?

You forgot that the History Channel doesn't show historical documentaries anymore...


QXL99 wrote:
Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:

Okay.

MTV doesn't have music any more.

Syfy is really "world championship wrestling and wanky ghost hunters."

But, how the hell can The Learning Channel have this crap?

You forgot that the History Channel doesn't show historical documentaries anymore...

I expect the Youtube Professional Russian and the Slingshot channel guy to get a show any day now.


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This is why I watch bbcAmerica Top gear and doctor who is better than most of this.


doctor_wu wrote:
This is why I watch bbcAmerica Top gear and doctor who is better than most of this.

meh....don't forget the show about the Football Wives......

it's spreading, man.


I think there's an English Gypsy show too........


Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
I think there's an English Gypsy show too........

And as ferrinwolf mentioned... the brits have "The Only Way is Essex"

The previews of it on Hulu are bad enough..

Greg


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Tv dead? GOOD. Then maybe people can do something worthwhile with their lives instead. You know... like wiggling their toes... cleaning out the navel lint... Poking their noses...


that video hurt.

Mental note... No more youtube for me.

Osirion

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DAMN YOU SPANKY!!! DAMN YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!

shakes fist

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Sissyl wrote:
Tv dead? GOOD. Then maybe people can do something worthwhile with their lives instead. You know... like wiggling their toes... cleaning out the navel lint... Poking their noses...

That sounds like a radio commercial we have out here. "These are all excuses you can use for not going to the gym" I think is how it goes.


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I didnt click on the link because I knew it would be garbage.

the thing that gets me is that I watch TV, I havent unsubscribed from cable, I'm not out there decrying that TV sucks and that I'm cool because I've uncoupled from the box. I treat TV the same way I treat movies, video games and RPG's.

I play / watch what I like.

What I suspect that I wont like I avoid it. I dont talk about it. I dont slag it. Doing that doesn't make me better or cool. I'd just as soon as talk about things that I DO like.

Sons of Anarchy.

Justified

Archer.

Breaking Bad.

Louie.

Game of Thrones.

The Newsroom.

The Good Wife.

BBQ Pitmasters. ( I know, odd man out. But it's a reality show about BBQ!!! How can you not love that? I'm in NYC there's only one or two decent BBQ places here so sometimes this is like torturing myself but I CANT HELP IT!!)

Parenthood.

reruns of The Unit.

Treme

Fringe.

The Walking Dead

Boardwalk Empire

There are excellent scripted shows out there that are NOT from England (not a huge fan of blind Anglophilia. Although there are good shows from the UK out there. Luther gets props just for having something that would NEVER fly here in the states, A BLACK MALE LEAD. It's also a prety good show. The Inbetweeners is FUNNY AS HELL.) and not a reality show. Why dont we seek those out and enjoy those?


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Link

Shadow Lodge

The goblin wins the thread.


I wish the most horrible Chinese curse on the creator of the plot less tripe known as reality television. Is this supposed to make us feel better about our own lives or cause clinical depression?


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Orthos wrote:
The goblin wins the thread.

Yay!!

I also won a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts last week!

I'm a winner!


Aranna wrote:
I wish the most horrible Chinese curse on the creator of the plot less tripe known as reality television. Is this supposed to make us feel better about our own lives or cause clinical depression?

I doubt that they care, as long as we watch. Which reminds me: I once read about a study that found that the average mood while watching TV was "mildly depressed".


Yes. When people are mildly depressed, they can't bring themselves to really doing anything, so they sit and watch TV.

Andoran

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
...how the hell can The Learning Channel have this crap?

Maybe this?


I don't think Television is the thing to be mourned over in this case. Any hope for the U.S. as a society, is what was on the line when the first Jabba-the-Mom thought that dolling up and spoiling her kid into sociopathy for a vicariously-won trophy was a good idea. And the more people dive head-first into this claptrap, the deeper into its grave hope for this country is lowered.


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I started to watch this video but my major intestine, in a desperate attempt to save life and civilization, leaped straight up through my neck and throttled my brain.

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