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13-10-2012, 05:26 PM
Science TV “network decay”
http://www.skepticblog.org/2012/01/25/sc...-sell-out/

It happens with disgusting regularity. You will flip through the various basic cable channels which are nominally “science oriented” (often grouped together on the dial if they feature scientific topics) and come up with nothing but junk, pseudoscience, and worse. “Reality shows” about subjects with little or no science content, tons of paranormal and pseudoscientific shows promoting ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, and creationism—all fill the airwaves for channels like Discovery, The Learning Channel, History Channel, and even the Science Channel and National Geographic Channel. We watch a few minutes of these with complaints to anyone within earshot, then (usually) move on—or occasionally we get sucked in to watch the whole thing, like gawkers at a car crash. The cartoon at the top (from the great website PhdComics) says it all: four channels that used to be largely documentaries on science and history are now dominated by guns, explosions, dangerous occupations and other “reality” TV. Their shows have buzz words in the titles like “biggest”, “wildest”, “monsters” or “killers”, and plain old junk fill up most of their air time.

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14-10-2012, 12:45 AM
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Mythbusters is the only show worth watching on Discovery, and it's mostly reruns. I once watched a Mythbusters "marathon". It was Duct Tape Special I and Duct Tape Special II, repeated for eight hours. *headdesk* At least they have about a third of the episodes on Netflix.

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14-10-2012, 11:44 AM
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Yeah, I used to watch the so-called "Science" channels and I was rather amused at the fantasy stuff that passes as "science". While I found the "Ancient Aliens" series, for example, entertaining I also found it hard to swallow.
They would pose all sorts of odd theories and go on and on about these "theories" of theirs yet offered little evidence that would even begin to back up their claims.

It is as if critical thinking is actively being sabotaged...well, actually, critical thinking IS being actively thwarted. Then again shows like these really are indicative of the collective mindset of the public.

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14-10-2012, 12:26 PM
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It's about time you posted this! Tongue

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16-10-2012, 04:12 PM
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(13-10-2012 05:26 PM)fstratzero Wrote:  http://www.skepticblog.org/2012/01/25/sc...-sell-out/

It happens with disgusting regularity. You will flip through the various basic cable channels which are nominally “science oriented” (often grouped together on the dial if they feature scientific topics) and come up with nothing but junk, pseudoscience, and worse. “Reality shows” about subjects with little or no science content, tons of paranormal and pseudoscientific shows promoting ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, and creationism—all fill the airwaves for channels like Discovery, The Learning Channel, History Channel, and even the Science Channel and National Geographic Channel. We watch a few minutes of these with complaints to anyone within earshot, then (usually) move on—or occasionally we get sucked in to watch the whole thing, like gawkers at a car crash. The cartoon at the top (from the great website PhdComics) says it all: four channels that used to be largely documentaries on science and history are now dominated by guns, explosions, dangerous occupations and other “reality” TV. Their shows have buzz words in the titles like “biggest”, “wildest”, “monsters” or “killers”, and plain old junk fill up most of their air time.

Anyone actually care about the national geographic channel? I mean must of us or at least some used it when we were either too young to score porn or now when we are just too lazy to get up and go to our computer. Tongue
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16-10-2012, 06:01 PM
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(16-10-2012 04:12 PM)Birdguy1979 Wrote:  Anyone actually care about the national geographic channel? I mean must of us or at least some used it when we were either too young to score porn or now when we are just too lazy to get up and go to our computer. Tongue

Seriously? National Geo used to have a lot of great science related shows, not just Hard Time, Bid & Destroy, or Taboo marathons. Taboo could have been decent if they approached it from a sociological or psychological perspective, but they are just doing it for shock value. "Hey, this guy screws dolls! How weeeeird" vs. "Why is this guy so disconnected from society he only feels a connection with dolls?" At least the magazine is still decent. Dodgy
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16-10-2012, 08:58 PM
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16-10-2012, 09:08 PM (This post was last modified: 16-10-2012 09:13 PM by fstratzero.)
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This is probably the funniest thing I've read.

"TLC (former initialism for The Learning Channel) is an American cable TV specialty channel which initially focused on educational content but now caters to an intellectually poorer U.S. demographic"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TLC_%28TV_channel%29

In the U.S., the programming for the main Discovery network is primarily focused on reality television themes, such as speculative investigation , automobiles, and occupations it also features documentaries specifically aimed at families and younger audiences. A popular annual feature is Shark Week.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Channel

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16-10-2012, 09:30 PM
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The science channel has quality left on a regular basis but i've seen it dwindling.

More oddities on now and other Conspiracy pro angles on world events show up... Plus they syndicate mythbusters which has it's nitche but i've grown tired of it proclaiming science.

I do like the history channel show, "how the states got their shapes" since it provides a look to history of the intricate American cultures. It's more social history and less junk bunk.

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16-10-2012, 11:11 PM
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I don't have cable in my home. Actually, I don't even watch TV at home. My television isn't connected to an antenna or anything. We only use it for DVD's and video games. So, I don't try to watch anything like this most of the time. However, my mother does have cable, and I have found myself trying to find something fun to watch on Discovery or The History Channel, thinking they still had... you know... educational stuff.

I ended up watching Independence Day instead of anything on any of the "educational channels" one night because there was really nothing worth watching on them. I think Discovery had some show about fish tanks and History had some show about pawn shops. Meh...
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