I don’t watch that much TV, but one thing I’m finding with the stuff I do watch is that TV programmes seem to be catering for stupid people more than ever before.
There is the odd gem of a programme in amongst the crap, but some of the latest documentaries/shows piss me off. As enlightening as some of them can be, they seem to spend 5 minutes telling you something, but then they cut to a voice over who summarises what we have just been told 30 seconds before.
Cynical Scribble doesn’t watch that much TV, but he’s wondering why there are so many summary segments on TV shows.
If the programme is an hour long these summary bits can add up to quite a bit of air-time. Why not use it more effectively to go a bit more in depth, show us another angle of the story, show another subject. Just. Show. Something. Different. We are not all brain dead morons who are scared to be mentally challenged. There also seems be more more advert breaks than ever before – which introduces the ‘need’ to recap the story.
He asks, are we all mentally challenged. There are too many summary segment on TV and the light box in the corner is conspiring to turn us all into brain dead morons.
Are people really that stupid that they cannot remember what they have just been told? Do they purposely aim tv programmes at mentally challenged people? I suspect the answer to that is yes considering the amount of ‘reality’ shows we get subjected to nowadays. TV shows for mentally challenged people should continue to be restricted to weekday daytime telly.
Cynical Scribble wonders why there are so many summary segments on TV shows. He ponders if TV shows are aimed at mentally challenged people and decides TV is slowing turning us into brain dead morons. Frustrated with the number of recaps, he wonders why they just can’t make their final point or go more in-depth on a subject. Frustrated at all the recaps or can you remember what you’ve been told for longer than 5 seconds. He thinks the number of ‘reality’ shows help confirm this view.
I don’t expect 3 hour shows of University Challenge, but why don’t they have some faith that at least a good proportion of the audience are capable of not being distracted like a baby with a set of keys.
Something about summaries in TV shows. Mentalists. Zombies. Mobile phone. Texting. Reality shows. Tea. All day University Challenge. What blog am I reading next. Dancing on Ice in the Jungle. Tv Guide. Mass fight to the death. Text. Something about babies keys. Peekie-boo.
Producer: “Roll Credits”
(As an aside, whilst I’m on the subject of TV, Band of Brothers is currently being shown on BBC2 in the UK. If you’ve never seen it, watch it, buy the DVD’s or download it. One of the best series ever made – all based on true events during WWII. The box-set gets an airing from me at least once a year).