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He-Man Adventure Club

In a strange bit of synergy, two recent articles have appeared dealing with established cable channels changing their content to be more “edgy” — one on The History Channel and another on Animal Planet. It’s telling that both channels are going after the elusive Young Male demographic by diluting the very images they were founded on. Animal Planet’s upcoming whaling industry exposé doesn’t seem so bad, but why is The History Channel doing all these “dangerous tough-guy jobs” documentaries — and what pray tell does that have to do with history?

Uneasy as those stories are, they really do reflect what’s happening in the bigger picture. Browse through a cable/satellite lineup and you’ll find ’80s-’90s movies on TV Land, wrestling on the Sci-Fi channel, and white-trashy candid reality on A&E. HGTV and The Food Network, once valuable sources of information across a wide spectrum, are now filled with competition shows and filler aimed at dumbasses whose points of reference don’t extend beyond what can be gotten at the closest Wal-Mart Supercenter. I guess having a niche and doing it really well (hello, Turner Classic Movies) doesn’t count for much these days.

2 Thoughts on “He-Man Adventure Club

  1. joyolivia on March 25, 2008 at 8:40 pm said:

    Bravo, Matt! I couldn’t agree more.

  2. Shannon on March 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm said:

    I used to love getting sucked into marathons of I love the 80s on VH1 but now every time I turn it on it’s another spin off of flavor of love. I am getting to the point where I pretty much only watch dvds now.

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