Archive for August 2008 - Page 1


    My Problem with Mainstream Media

    I don't watch much television. Period, I just don't. The only time I tend to watch any television is when my girlfriend wants to watch something, or if there really is not anything I want to do on my computer.

    There are only a handful of channels that I will watch. They are HGTV, History Channel, Food Network (If some actual information, not reality show is on), Discovery, and others that I can't think of right now. Some might ask why I don't watch CNN, MSNBC, or any other news channel. You want to know why, here's why. All you hear about is the fucking elections, which natural disaster is happening now, and the most recent tragedy has occurred. I don't hear anything about the conflict in Georgia, news around the United States or anything else.

    I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THE FUCKING ELECTION. If there were news about NASA, or anything but the fucking elections I'd be happy to sit and watch Mainstream news stations. But, the three current stories are the upcoming elections (which they've been covering for the past 18 months already), the weather, and the olympics. Now, I understand that the Olympics only come around every 2 years, but still, do we need 24 hour coverage of the Election? No, why not, because as soon as the election occurs that's all they'll be talking about then as well.

    Don't get me wrong, I am going to vote, and I know who I'm voting for, however I do not need to hear the same story regurgitated ever 20 minutes. Has the American society become so dumb that we cannot have 20 stories within a 60 minute period? I think that Mainstream media is beginning to shoot themselves in the foot.

    If I were to not watch television and only watch television on the internet using sites like Hulu, or that would be perfectly fine with me. I do not think that mainstream media is understanding that the majority of viewers do not want to hear the same story over and over and over again. It's just fucking ridiculous.

    One thing that I know mainstream is consciously aware of is the fact that the upcoming generations will not be watching traditional television and will be time-shifting everything. So at least they're not completely oblivious.

    My suggestion to mainstream media is to actual see what the viewers want, not what you think they want. Try polling them, and asking them what content that they would like to see appear on the station. Guess what might actual happen, you might actually get more viewers instead of fewer. Just my rant and thoughts on mainstream media.