July 12, 2004

Why some people shouldn't be allowed near the Internet

I have discovered, after trawling various forums related to TV and the discussion of TV shows, that there are 3 main camps into which attitudes to local television fall. I'll illustrate this by using an example of a genre of a show being shown on local television, and a typical response.

Situation: an overseas show, usually of the reality TV style is shown.
Response: "Why do we have to see overseas stuff? They suck. Why can't we make a local version?"

Situation: a reality TV style show, the formula for which is bought, is filmed and produced locally.
Response: "Why do we have to copy overseas shows? They suck. Why can't we come up with a local original idea?"

Situation: a locally-originated reality TV show is filmed and produced locally.
Response: "This sucks! It's done so much better by television stations overseas!"

Sigh.

I've concluded that it's not about the TV, it's about the fact that they like to complain.

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