Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Politics: The lesser of two weevils...

The vapid article writers at USAToday want to know which of the two squishy limousine liberals masquerading as President on the arid wasteland of prime-time TeeWee is your favorite. "Can't we kill them both?" is not a choice in the poll.

I guess, having seen not a single episode of 'The West Wing' or 'Commander In Chief' (since neither is shown on Discovery, The History Channel, or during rain delays of Braves games) I should recuse myself from the debate, but I find I'm forced to out myself as one of those pesky intellectual snobs by asking: "Does anybody with enough cerebral activity to nudge an EEG still watch prime-time network television?" I haven't held a conversation with a solitary human being in the last half decade who has admitted to faithfully watching anything shown on weekdays on the major networks between the dinner hour and bedtime other than sports or (through sheer morbid fascination,) the news. Why haven't specialty cable channels and the proliferation of cheap DVD players killed these dinosaurs yet? I mean, for gawd's sake, in its quest to be deep and artistic (and to throw off the image of the '80s when it was cheesy and fun, or the '90s, when it was at least fun-ny,) Prime-Time network television now lacks even the campy charm of daytime talk shows, or the schlock Americana of "reality shows" like 'COPS'. Is there some vast demographic of Easily Amused Couch Potato with whom I don't normally interact that is keeping this dreck afloat? Inquiring minds want to know...

4 comments:

Elmo's aphasiatic twin said...

I heard the socialist socialites talking about such shows in the halls at journalism school. They eventually get jobs with the huge multimedia corporations that produce the sludge and endow the journalism schools. The students are tomorrow's "TV Guide" reviewers. It's vertical integration. Their minds have been hijacked by capitalists.

However, they are too busy being socially conscious--recycling, contributing to the ACLU, or launching a Les-Bi-Gay support grou--to notice.

Grampapinhead said...

Sadly, they are out there.
Gladly, you are not likely to run into them on the blogs.

We owe a big thank you to the prime time programming executives for interrupting their inbreeding.

Dutch Expat said...

I canceled my cable and am putting the money towards ammo instead. I figured that was a much better use of both my time and my money.

James J. Na said...

As I wrote before about the show "Commander in Chief" -- they just don't get it, do they?

Having stated that, there is ONE show I watch on primetime network regularly, "Lost" (see my associated ranting about the show).