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History Channel is History
rant : by Tommy - July 7th 2009, 09:53PM
History Channel is history. It's no longer concerning itself with history which we can learn from. The History Channel should rename itself "Crap that didn't make it to Discovery Channel Channel" or "The Speculation About Stupid Crap, Imaginary Crap We Wish Was Real, Mythical Beasts, And Redneck Reality Shows Channel".

At first, I was offended by Modern Marvels - this wasn't history, what's it doing on this channel?!, then it sorta grew on me. It was neat seeing things made. I swallowed the whole "modern history is history too" notion. Then it dawned on me, they don't cover history anymore! I remember when Roger Mudd did all their intro's and voiceovers. I still love to watch recordings from The History Channel at 6am when they do reruns from that time. You might catch a show about some little known aspect of the Civil War or some tribe of Vikings or a inconsequential battle that took place in southern Russia, but it was history! Now, it's just full of speculation about what the future will be like or how some backwoods dope claims to have been abducted by aliens and then you listen to "experts" drone on about how the dope probably really was abducted. It has to be true, they have a Ph.D on screen saying it could happen - nevermind the guy's Ph.D is from ITT for daisy-wheel printer and typewriter repair.

I guess I just wanted to make you aware that I've reached my breaking point with History Channel. I used to love it, I hoped it was just a phase they were going through, but I have to admit (like NASCAR) it looks like it's here to stay. I don't have to say much more, if you don't know what I'm talking about, turn on the History Channel right now and I can almost guarantee you won't see content about anything from before 1970s. In closing, I'll leave you with this graph that I didn't make, but just about sums up this whole rant.

Grendel sez: I can't confirm this, but I think History International and others are immune from the current load of crap taking up History's time slots. I look forward to the day I can get History Int'l, Military Channel and Wings. (the latter 2 are Discovery owned)

tags: history_channel history rant

+ Corey T.
  Jul 07, 2009 22:29
I agree whole heartedly and have nearly ceased watching the History Channel. History International is a bit better, and even has better Modern Marvels episodes, but I've switched over to the Science Channel (Discovery owned) as well as plain ol' Discovery Channel for anything dealing with or related to Mike Rowe (the guy slays me).

How It's Made is on the Science Channel and while it does almost no history per se, it is still enjoyable to see how stuff is created. Wings and the Military channel are still good for some old school WWII stuff, like the Battlefield series that originally aired on PBS.


+ Jeff G.
  Sep 07, 2009 23:40
I say it was never that legitimate, it has just become less so.


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