Edutainment

Usually, I mostly watch History, Discovery, Science and National Geographic channels on TV. Some of the documentaries presented in these channels are good, some not so good. What bothers me though is that their new documentaries are usually mashups of older ones. I mean, how many documentaries exist for Mars, the solar system, the 7 wonders of the ancient world, DaVinchi ’s life, and of course, the Black Holes? They keep using the same topics over and over again. Space documentaries are my favorites too, but they all talk about the same things over and over again.

I wish they were taking some more initiative and help people learn other kinds of things too. For example, having a tutorial on the basic principles of video editing, photography, or lighting. Or, learn chemistry, or math, or biology. Or, documentaries for how to actually survive out there, instead of adventures of crazy “survivors” who show off. Or even, a series on how to learn a foreign language.

My point is, Black Holes are not all that there is. ;-)

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Tom Dison wrote on August 3rd, 2007 at 2:55 AM PST:

I think your title says it all – edutainment. There are not a lot of people more interested in the ‘Edu’ than the ‘tainment’. Thus, even on the education-oriented channels, the emphasis is on big, spooky things to keep the attention-deficit viewer entertained. Having said that, History Channel rocks!


Andrew wrote on August 3rd, 2007 at 6:47 AM PST:

Hopefully things are different down there, but here (Canada) the History Channel is nothing but a joke that aires old hollywood war movies and CSI.


mikesum32 wrote on August 3rd, 2007 at 10:23 AM PST:

That appears to be the History Television, which has nothing to do with the History Channel.

Yours has CSI:NeW York,JAG, China Beach, and Over There. WTF ?


Andrew wrote on August 4th, 2007 at 8:24 AM PST:

My mistake. And yes, it’s pretty sad. They aire anything that has a vaguely historic setting — and lots that don’t.


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