Ok, forgive the Onion-like title. (Some days my tenure in Madtown, WI comes back at me like a LSD flashback)
Once upon a time there was a thing on cable called the “History Channel“. It showed programs about, now get this for a novel idea, HISTORY. Yes that’s right, it was a television channel geared to history buffs and people with an interest in history and those who are just curious about the past. It featured programing about actual history and historical events and I liked it and I saw that it was good.
Alas, with the concerted dumbing down of America something began to happen. They began gearing most of their programming to World War II and people began referring to it as the Hitler Channel. Shows were geared to secrets of the nazis and nazi gear and Hitler’s mustache and Geraldo Rivera visits Hitler’s Bunker….
Then the parent company (AET) started the “Military Channel” so some of those programs began to move over there and they shortened the name down to just “History”. I guess they shortened the name to coincide with the shorter attention span of their new target demographic. (Bookstores don’t do a lot of television advertising.)
Lately I rarely ever bother switching to that channel because the programming is dominated by shows like Pawn Stars (augh), Swamp People (gaturs iz gud eatin’), American Pickers (nope it’s not about appalachian bluegrass musicians), Ax Men (not about guitars either), Ancient Aliens, Armageddon, The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon, Monster Quest, Mystery Quest, Nostradadamus Effect, The Real Face of Jesus (LOL), Secret Access: The Vatican (I tried to watch this last night and it was more of a “see the papacy isn’t so scary” kind of puff piece) UFO Hunters (maybe they should look for Jesus?)
They still break out the occasional WWII show like Hi-Tech Hitler and Dogfights: Kamikaze that they apparently forgot to migrate. But for a while there, it seemed that every other program was a search for Jesus or Bible Mysteries explained. I was wondering who bought a stake in the company. I was thinking it was now a FOX subsidiary.
So why bother with the pretense of even calling it “History”? There never seems to be anything on the channel even remotely related to history.
Maybe they should simply rebrand it “Speculation Station”.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana