Monday, April 2, 2012

There's no History. There's only the Now

Duh, Senator Grass Stains. How Kind of You to Notice
So Chuckles notices that there is no history on the History Channel. That has always been the case. The first historical movie that inaugurated the History Channel - complete with an after movie round table discussion - was Lady Jane.   The roundtable critics eviscerated the film. Nothing about it was historically accurate. So much for history, then. But the shit and shinola appearing on the History Channel is just one more abomination that a decaying, morbidly obese culture is indulging in just before the Fall line-up
I started noticing something weird about the world of High Falutin’ Artsy Fartism on the cable stations. There’s no art on Arts & Entertainment. There’s nothing to cheer on Bravo. There’s precious little learning that goes on TLC. And there’s no history on the History Channel.
The Biography Channel, an offshoot of A&E, only seems interested in Lives of the Vacuous and Inexplicably Famous, of serial killers and of Ghosts. Yes. Ghosts are fascinating, but fiction is duller than truth would have been. Even NatGEO TV is full of white trash dumbness.
All of the dumb is mind-numbing. Watching this crap is like being anesthetized in preparation for something truly epic in upcoming awfulness. It is almost as if the people running these shows know something we don’t.
It’s deliberate stultification. I can’t believe there is an audience for these shows.
Something wicked this way comes. Won’t the viewers be surprised to find out that Madison Avenue can’t save them from themselves.


  1. The History Channel? Oh, you mean the Hitler Channel. As to the deliberate stultification, when one of the (presumably) popular shows on TLC is all about women who were surprised that they were giving birth, I'd say it must be working...

  2. Oh there are so many dumbifying shows. Where to begin? It had to start with Survivor. My husband's always liked that show and now he can't even tolerate it. If it were possible to make Lord of the Flies a reality TV show where people actually get killed, then I think we've gone completely over the edge.

  3. Cancel your cable subscription. If you need TV, get netflix.

    With all the money you save please subscribe to the WSJ.

    It's not as hopeless once you ditch all that drains the hope from you.


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