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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooly Wugga Wugga View Post
    What pisses me off are all the nature documentaries that seem to have taken up the mantle from Steve Irwin. Every second program on the National Geographic or Discovery channel is some yahoo wrestling with some poor bloody animal all in the name of conservation. Hey folks! If you're going to teach conservation how about starting with the lesson that we should leave the bloody wildlife alone! I miss the days when nature documentaries were about observing animal behaviour, not yokel behaviour.


    Sorry, a bit off topic but jeez is this becoming a bugbear of mine.
    I'm with you on that. What they all forget (or deliberately avoid) is that Irwin wasn't doing it out of bravado or for exciting TV.
    "wrestling" an alligator is actually the best way of capturing and handling it.
    They have a perculiarly bad reaction to anathestics and associated stress, so tranquiliser darting them as you would for most big animals is bad idea.
    What he was doing was moving "problem animals" away before they got shot, and doing it in the least harmful way (for them).

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    BBC 4 remains undoubtedly the best (only) place to watch history documentaries on British TV. The current series of programs on the Regency by posh-can't-pronounce-her-Rs-lady is superb, as are any of the three-parters they do on the history of science (especially Jim Al-Khalili) and the history of art. They get hold of an actual expert - somebody who's head of his or her department at somewhere reputable - and let them write and present it. You actually get some real insight, some genuine lessons to learn - the concepts and understanding you can actually take away from looking at a period - whereas the history channel, even when it is being 'historical', is almost invariably a string of talking heads fetishising a bygone period.

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    Actually I agree with that and add further that its not just History that BBC 4 excels at, it actually puts a lot of decent science and other programs on there. And shows the non dumbed down episodes of Horizon still(Truly what happened to that series because it is pretty bad now a days)

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    I gave up on Horizon when it reached the point where one hour of horizon told me the same as a 5 paragraph item in New Scientist I can read in minutes.
    They just repeat the same 10 minutes of information over and over and over again in case the audience are thick or not paying attention.

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    I guess all of this is a testament to why streaming content like Hulu or Netflix will become the way we watch TV. Yeah the incessant commercials on cable or even network TV are annoying, but the real reason I use the Internet for my television is because I can't find anything good to watch just flipping channels. Convergence is the future!

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    They just repeat the same 10 minutes of information over and over and over again in case the audience are thick or not paying attention.
    Yes and the information they do give you is at the shallow pool end of the subject they are talking about. I don't mind that but I would like as the hour goes along to get something a bit more meaty. Instead of something I could have learnt from wikipedia in 5 minutes or soemthing I already know.

    but the real reason I use the Internet for my television is because I can't find anything good to watch just flipping channels. Convergence is the future!
    A thousand times this. I could be just happy without a TV and just have a laptop, every program is one there whether legal or illegally and I don't have to fit the time to watch it to some arbitary time a channel has decided to play on.

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    If the Daily Show went live online the same day it went live on TV, I'd have no reason to have a TV.

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