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    TLC: Douchebag of the Month



    Let's start by confessing that I put off writing this for the same reasons anyone would put off cleaning Saturday night's vomit off Sunday morning's floor. And now that a lot of the hubbub over this has died down, any decent editor of a respectable online media outlet would be giving me grief for missing the crest of a publicity wave.

    Simply put, sometimes I just don't have the stomach to get myself into the mental state needed to bang out hundreds of words on a subject that makes me consider alcoholism as a productive use of my free time. And sure, as a consequence, Bullshido might not be your best source for the most recent news and views on whatever it is that happens to be currently tickling the rectum of society.

    I'm fine with that, really. And it's only partly because I have a low opinion of what rustles society's jimmies and the people who make a living off of taking advantage of it. The other part is because writing about douchebags is one of those Nietzscheian "battling with monsters/staring into the abyss" sorts of things. Or, to put it more plainly, if you go traipsing through the sewers looking for rats, you shouldn't complain when you get shit in your socks.

    So it shouldn't surprise you in the least when I explain that the first draft of this article was going to be nothing more than a title, a tagline, and the following:







    (Fuck You)
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    And that was going to be the entire article. Hell, as I type this, it still might if I get too damn fed up with the situation.

    If you don't have any clue what I'm talking about, bless you. May you have many sons and daughters and may your children's children inherit the Earth. Because the motherfuckers who are responsible for this being on television, from the studio executives to the lowliest Key Grip, to the individuals themselves, all deserve the kind of contempt reserved for people who put glass shards in Halloween candy or tell children that dinosaur bones are a test of their faith.

    You see, way back in days of old when Science and America were BFFs, also known as the 1970's, there used to be this wonderful organization called "Nah Suh". That wasn't how you spelled it though; it was some kid of faggy abbreviation that meant something to do with space and rockets and orange drink but you get the point.


    look at all this old bullshit

    Anyway, those annoying nerds thought it was a good idea to use all their space shit to beam a TV channel down that was about learning. You know, so we wouldn't be so fucking retarded. This kind of thing used to be important to 'Mericans, for some reason. Don't ask me why.

    But as time went by and 3 tv stations became 57, became 400, became 21000 (you should see my cable bill), "Learning" just wasn't good enough to keep people's attention. Why watch a two hour documentary on something boring like dinosaurs or volcanoes, when there's a guy making a NASCAR cake for a bratty kid?


    that frosting? yeah, it's made out of brain cells

    Sometime around the late 1990's, The Learning Channel came to the conclusion that "learning was for fags and we should do more cool stuff1". They also apparently partnered up with the same marketing agency which decided mentioning that your chicken was both "fried" and "from Kentucky" was too complicated an idea to communicate to consumers. And thus "The Learning Channel" became "TLC".

    And thus again, we have a TV show featuring a family of fat assholes for us to watch and all feel better about our own shitty lives. At least we're not them, right? Haha, what loser rednecks.

    TLC, "you", and everyone that watches your shitty channel, are douchebags. It may very well not be your fault that you had to change your programming to ensure profitability for your shareholders, but I still feel safe to lob the douche grenade directly in the laps of those at your institution that make their living greasing the slope of western culture's downward slide towards stupidity.

    1. Not an actual quote.

    #2
    I honestly cannot remember I actually learned anything from watching The "Learning" Channel. My wife likes watching all the morbidly obese train wrecks and circus freaks though. If I could only subscribe to HBO, news stations and public broadcasters I would.

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      #3
      This is why I don't have cable. Paying a hundred bucks a month for endless channels of this crap actually broke my brain for a few days.

      now it's netflix and Hulu only. 16 bucks a month and I only watch what I want to. My 3-year-old son has never seen a toy or candy commercial. But he knows the difference between a tyrannosaurus and a giganotosaurus. He can also identify every piece of heavy equipment ever made (curse you "mighty machines!"). He's weird.

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        #4
        He's only weird by the standards of the average idiot who lets Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel raise his kids.

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          #5
          To quote Groucho Marx: "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. "

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            #6
            These crap TV shows wouldn't be on if people weren't watching them.

            I read an article a while back that posited one possible reason for the direction that TV has been going, specifically with historically subject/theme-oriented channels going more general-entertainment (TLC, spike, sci-fi, history, etc.). Basically, they blamed the internet. Nowadays, if you are interested in specific content, especially documentary style content, you can already find it online and wouldn't bother trying to follow it on TV. These channels had to change their model or go under.
            HTFU and join Bullshido on Fitocracy!
            https://www.fitocracy.com/group/2988/

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              #7
              Originally posted by Scrapper View Post
              This is why I don't have cable. Paying a hundred bucks a month for endless channels of this crap actually broke my brain for a few days.

              now it's netflix and Hulu only. 16 bucks a month and I only watch what I want to. My 3-year-old son has never seen a toy or candy commercial. But he knows the difference between a tyrannosaurus and a giganotosaurus. He can also identify every piece of heavy equipment ever made (curse you "mighty machines!"). He's weird.
              Not so weird at all. At 3 my eldest could tell the difference between a tyranosaurus, allosaurus and ceratosaurus. He even helped adults pronounce parasaurolophus.

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                #8
                Originally posted by money View Post
                These crap TV shows wouldn't be on if people weren't watching them.

                I read an article a while back that posited one possible reason for the direction that TV has been going, specifically with historically subject/theme-oriented channels going more general-entertainment (TLC, spike, sci-fi, history, etc.). Basically, they blamed the internet. Nowadays, if you are interested in specific content, especially documentary style content, you can already find it online and wouldn't bother trying to follow it on TV. These channels had to change their model or go under.
                That kinda implies that people won't go to the Internet for low brow comedy and obese people complaining, which is historically inaccurate.

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                  #9
                  TLC: Douchebag of the Month

                  Originally posted by money View Post
                  These crap TV shows wouldn't be on if people weren't watching them.
                  Unfortunately, these shows do not need a lot of people watching them. Low production costs are easily covered compared to expensive productions that need lots of eyeballs to support the show. So it is not the case that this form of entertainment is winning the popular vote.

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                    #10
                    Yeah, it's the fact that reality freaks generally work for free and reality shows have a crew of about 5

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                      #11
                      No idea what channel it was on, but while lounging in a hottub on the balcony in the middle of a snowstorm a couple of years ago we watched some show about organizing your closets, like 10 episodes of it. I learned a TON of shit from that show. Now my closets are organized as fuck.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by mike321 View Post
                        Unfortunately, these shows do not need a lot of people watching them. Low production costs are easily covered compared to expensive productions that need lots of eyeballs to support the show. So it is not the case that this form of entertainment is winning the popular vote.
                        exactly. think about how much something like BBCs planet earth would have cost to make compared to here comes honey boo boo which is basically a camera crew following round a pack of tards. even if more people watched planet earth, it wouldnt be enough to justify the massive cost difference

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                          #13
                          Can't all be blamed on "keeping the shareholders happy I'm afraid. Wherever there's TV programmes to be made, some cunt is going to see it as an opportunity to pump shite into the brains of retards.

                          I'm sure The Learning Channel once had great intentions - the BBC certainly did, but now our state broadcaster has a channel devoted to churning out shows like: Unsafe Sex in The City; Dog Borstal; Hotter Than My Daughter; Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank; and Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by thrutch View Post
                            Can't all be blamed on "keeping the shareholders happy I'm afraid. Wherever there's TV programmes to be made, some cunt is going to see it as an opportunity to pump shite into the brains of retards.

                            I'm sure The Learning Channel once had great intentions - the BBC certainly did, but now our state broadcaster has a channel devoted to churning out shows like: Unsafe Sex in The City; Dog Borstal; Hotter Than My Daughter; Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank; and Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.
                            All these shows sound way better than Honey Booboo.

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                              #15
                              www.childsplaycharity.org

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