Monday, September 7, 2009

WTF happened to the History Channel? FROM REDDIT- COMMENTS by TyPower

I've said it before here, I'll say it again. I remember you History Channel and I used to like you.

You were this place that used to broadcast documentaries and informative programs based on things that happened in the past. Things that happened previous to the present moment.

Interestingly, all of human experience is located there. In the past. Previous to the present moment. In history.

Curiously, you called yourself "The History Channel".

Back there in the past, I used to flick to your channel when I felt like knowing about the Roman Empire, or World War I trench warfare, or the age of chivalry in the time of Agincourt, or numerous other events that occured in the past.

I flicked over to you recently...

UFO's, Loch Ness monster research, Ice Road truckers, dimwit guys who cut down forests, are you serious that that is your programming? What corporate executive conference based on Nielsen reports recommended this departure? In a way, I suppose, it says more about the demographics of advertising than it does about anything else. Apparently, in order to reach the most viewers, you must dumb down your content to the lowest common denominator in order to score a ratings bonanza.

Fine. That's your business model and I will never watch you again.

However, my fear is for the wider implication of The History Channel's fall from "history". That of the market driven need. Unfortunately, 90% of humans couldn't care less about what happened before they 'mysteriously arrived' here and how we got to where we are now. (That thing called History you named your channel after might help explain it). Apparently, your market instead demands Nostradamus, the Loch Ness monster, and UFOs.

Sitting back and watching actual 'history' play itself out, I see clearly how we humans are doomed.

You've decided that none of the History Channel's audience/growing demographic is actually interested in history. 'History' is not entertaining enough. We humans are doomed because a majority of us do not care about what came before. We do not care to learn from our mistakes because the reality of our past, our history, does not sell product.

But UFOs, Ice Road Truckers, and Nostradamus do.

Dumbed down content attracts dumb people.

And sadly, for humanity's sake, dumb people are the majority.


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