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What happened to TV

kimmi73 Resident Posted by in General - May 23, 2013, 6:20 am

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i was in the mood to watch a doc or history show..and i find pawn stars on ( i like pawn stars once in awhile but not in the mood today)
what has happened to television?
we have tv music channels.... that don't play music
(i really miss pop up video)
we have cmt (country music television) showing dog the bounty hunter..when did dog become country?i missed that memo..
we have history channels that hardly show history....
we have shows on the weather channel about guys that build skyscrapers.....
we have cartoon networks that hardly show cartoons....

i have to say i miss my 3 channels...
everyday we had something good to watch...

i dont understand why quality shows are not being made...it is hard for me to figure how advertisers would sponsor a show like honey boo boo or housewives of wherever.. but not a quality show like a carol burnett variety show.. i would love for them to put her back on.. i bet they would fare well against what is showing now :)
 
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Lumadil Resident
May 23, 2013, 6:57 am -

I completely agree, tv has really gone down hill over the last several years at least. wish they'd just bring back re-runs of married with children, or some other great show from the 80's or early 90's, and let alot of the crap around now just die.


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AmyNevilly Resident
May 23, 2013, 2:46 pm -

Inflation happened. Means your subscription fees don't pay for as much good content as they used to. Instead they have to put on low budget shows and repeats.

Basically a number of years ago our governments took food, fuel and most other stuff we used in our daily lives out of the "basket of goods" that is used to measure inflation. They did similar things with unemployment stats too.

check http://www.shadowstats.com that provides the inflation and other numbers calculated in the way it used to be calculated, before our government started cheating on them

1) If you use the same measures for inflation that we had in 1980 then we're running at 10% inflation right now:

2) Also, if you use the old way of measuring unemployment then unemployment is about 15% - 25% which means there's less people to pay high-end tv subscription fees. What they do now is they count people who haven't been working for 99 weeks as not seeking work. They simply drop off the labour force as though they never existed.

Basically what is happening is that since 1980 the dollar has lost about 95% of its value and unemployment is about 2-3 times what it was. Therefore the tv networks simply can't afford to pay for good content without raising subscription fees to a level that would be unafordable. It isn't their fault actually.

I think if anyone is to blame it is our government for distorting our statistics to hide an underlying inflation problem. They have a horizon only to the next elections and inflation allows them to pay for new shiny things that will get them elected by printing money.


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Elora Danick
May 24, 2013, 4:23 pm -
Amazing and interesting analysis!
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