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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3375 on: October 07, 2019, 03:01:12 pm »
BTW- that was not any kind of knock to you Brits or anyone else- I just happened to catch that article and it happened to be about a poll taken in the UK about a very famous (although perhaps not famous enough  ::) :o  ) Brit.. I am sure the same or worse would / does happen in the US. Although I have to say it was particularly disappointing that the subject was Winnie.....

After a while, the electronic 'pipeline' into people's minds starts to suppress real sources of information. For example, one of the cornerstones of journalism (real journalism, 'the news') has always been large, independent newspapers. But with so many getting their "information" for "free" via the 'Net, subscriptions are falling off badly, which in turn causes those very pinnacles of news to erode and produce less news. About 18 times around the circle and eventually either the only thing left or at least the majority of "information" is the garbage from sites that have no credentials, experience or even desire to report real information and instead put out garbage.... and a lot of people, far too many, either do not notice or they do not care.

The same has happened with cable TV, which is yet another tentacle of the pipeline: it deteriorates to the lowest possible point until what used to be real bearers of information, such as The History Channel, no longer contains any real or useful information but garbage 'reality' shows not only do not contain any content but are not even 'real' but staged abortions. I am not quite willing to say that we are watching the decay of western society (and perhaps the entire globe) but I am very sure we are on what will no doubt be a dip in the curve regarding humans' long, slow climb to better places.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3376 on: October 07, 2019, 03:44:03 pm »
The same has happened with cable TV, which is yet another tentacle of the pipeline: it deteriorates to the lowest possible point until what used to be real bearers of information, such as The History Channel, no longer contains any real or useful information but garbage 'reality' shows not only do not contain any content but are not even 'real' but staged abortions.

Exactly, what used to be my favorite channel.... now crap.  Which is exactly what happened to the "Learning Channel" and "Discovery Channel", both were excellent many years ago.  Now they are full of reality crap.  I am so pissed I have to pay over $100/mo to get what few shows left I watch.  And they wonder why people are dropping cable left and right.  I am sure the Science Channel is going to go the same way.... just waiting...
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3377 on: October 07, 2019, 03:57:17 pm »
Ah, I think it is the other way.... it is not the television networks driving garbage up our..... er, down our throats, it is the public demanding the garbage in the first place. The networks are just following the source of the money, which is the numbers of viewers. So the general tendency for everything to reach the same low level is simply what the majority of the people want, apparently.

This is the wrong thread but just to add a thought to the above, I find myself watching a lot of YouTube lately, again due to content. Up until recently I thought it was basically old people taking videos of their cats but after stumbling around for a bit, there are some really  excellent 'channels' on YouTube if one looks for them. For example Applied Science, where a guy tinkers around in his garage and studies thing and conjures up things. Just like a lot of us.... except this guy builds things like Scanning Electron Microscopes that actually work.

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Exactly, what used to be my favorite channel.... now crap.  Which is exactly what happened to the "Learning Channel" and "Discovery Channel", both were excellent many years ago.  Now they are full of reality crap.  I am so pissed I have to pay over $100/mo to get what few shows left I watch.  And they wonder why people are dropping cable left and right.  I am sure the Science Channel is going to go the same way.... just waiting...
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3378 on: October 07, 2019, 06:03:59 pm »
This is the wrong thread but just to add a thought to the above

It is a thread about nothing, so anything is not nothing, so it really isn't any kind of thread :)

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I find myself watching a lot of YouTube lately, again due to content.

Ditto!  I am actually watching about an hour a day or more now.... a lot of it political, since we can't get accurate political news and commentary on TV anymore (because almost all of it is so heavily slanted in one direction).  But also reviews of products, how-to's, history blurbs, etc.
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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3379 on: October 08, 2019, 06:49:17 am »
I'm watching a heck of a lot of Youtube lately as well...  Once my contract with Dish is over, I'm ditching it and going completely broadband for access to tv shows.

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Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Reply #3380 on: October 17, 2019, 03:29:40 pm »

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