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Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

The future of TV is public access. You can't rely on the tv companies to continue making anything other than the "mass-hypnosis" stuff that serves as entertainment for all the nice "passive" folk out there in TV land.

When I launch my public access channel...oh boy! That'll be REAL entertainment...

Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
jasmine_koran

No more Malcolm?!

Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
followthebird: The television is trying to get us

I thought I was the only one that thought those 'you could possibly get famous if you bend over and let us treat you like shit' reality shows were a form of mass hypnosis. Dangle the possibility of fame in front of desperate people and they will do anything. It's exploitation.

I am really going to miss Malcolm in the Middle.

Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
specky_ie: Re: The television is trying to get us

I'm sure I've both ranted and raved on this in the past.

...the reality stuff is related but kind of different, although still equally scarey. Surely it's only a matter of time before we get "Celebrity Gang Rape" and "Rabid Dogs Eat The Soap Stars" or other such....sigh....

TV programming is not determined by "pull" (i.e. supply and demand) it is determined by "push" (i.e. we are going to put this "content" on at prime time...people will watch it whatever it is...and we can thereby mould their attitudes whilst keeping them mostly off the streets).

It's utterly disgusting how the populace are being manipulated by the media (hand in hand with the government of course). Putting to death anything that does seem entertaining to those who might have a little free will left is an innevitable consequence of the media moguls realising that there's more milage in losing those free thinkers to other activities if they can pull in a few more of the "8 out of 10" portion of the population with a bit more mindless drivel.

Pass the remote...

Thu, Jan. 19th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

"Malcolm in the middle" and "That 70's show" were fast approaching the Shark though. So maybe it's not a bad thing that they got cancelled. I havn't seen any of Arrested development yet though and apparently it had reached that point (usually season 3) where a show really begins to shine (think Seinfeld).

Fox are notoriously bad at managing their content and mis-reading the market. Look at Firefly for instance?

The future of high quality TV drama and comedy is HBO and DVD box sets. I think it's only a matter of time before we start seeing cheaper box-sets with adverts inserted that can't be skipped. Or Box sets of shows like the Sopranos sold before they are broadcasted.