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Misleading Networks

October 26th, 2003

I’d like to know just what is going on with tv nowadays, specifically cable channels. How do you manage to have a network called MTV, which stands for Music Television, when half your programming has nothing to do with music? Sure, Punk’d is hilarious, but it doesn’t belong on MTV! Neither does The Real World. I weep for the people out there who actually enjoy watching videos because you won’t see them on MTV anymore … nor on VH1.

I see this trend happening to other networks now as well. TLC is The Learning Channel, yet their schedule is full of shows like Trading Spaces, While You Were Out, and Wild Weddings. What does that have to do with learning? Even the Discovery Channel has started to suck. I used to rely on those channels to provide educational programming regarding nature and culture. But now the interesting programming is sparse.

Joe pointed out that the networks air what people watch. Well I say create a new network for that stuff. You can have a channel called “House” that has all the Trading Spaces and spin-off shows. Then you can have a “Reality TV” channel, because god knows you need your “reality” fix. And then maybe, just maybe, I can watch some educational programming before my brain rots out of my head.

Cable prices continually increase, and the decent programming declines. Each channel airs the same five shows all day long until you want to puke. I watch more local network tv than ever. What’s up with that? Wasn’t cable supposed to rescue us from the shitty network programming? Now it seems to be the same.

I’m just completely disgusted that I have 200+ channels and there’s nothing to watch tonight.

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  1. October 26th, 2003 at 17:59 | #1

    I never caught on to that “Trading Places” craze. I don’t get it. You can blame the British for those type shows, because they started there!

  2. October 27th, 2003 at 08:45 | #2

    I’ve lived without cable for several years now… takes a while to get used to but then you realize you really aren’t missing anything. I can think of much better uses for that monthly cable payment! =)

  3. October 28th, 2003 at 10:54 | #3

    You know, I used to mock the Canadian networks, but I watch our local channel more and more lately too. It picks up most of the American shows that I want to see anyway.

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