What Is So Wrong With The History Channel?
Every time that I mention it someone tells me to not believe them. Well is it just one program in particular? Why are they so wrong? What is it exactly that we should be wary of? They have many programs, I just cannot believe that all of them are bad.
I think the problem is that they started out as a channel that tried to do programming that presented accurate historical facts, and now, they've turned into an entertainment channel focused on viewers and ratings rather than accuracy.
I cannot believe that. Why would they say that? I used to watch some shows on there a while ago but I do not receive that channel anymore.
If Phyllis Doyle answers this then she may comment on this. She writes about history.
Which channel are y’all talking about, History or History2
There needs to be a differentiation between The History Channel and History2. The History Channel started out as a source for history, be it American, European, Asian, Australian, or African. My friend used to call it the “Hitler Channel”. It did bring out a lot of Egypt and ancient sites, pyramids and symbols. It included evidence that archaeologists say may not be of this world, but so what? Everything doesn’t have to agree with the Flat-Earth Society. Some of us don’t adhere to just what we read in one book. Some of us believe that humans aren’t the only intelligent life God created.
Anyway, now The History Channel digressed into The Reality Show Channel, which has nothing to do with history and most of "reality" seems to be scripted. Of course, you can’t just script an alligator bite, but you can script a truck breakdown on an ice road or people arguing. I have quit watching that channel because of its ridiculous unreality “reality” shows. It seems to intentionally portray Southerners in a bad light. We aren’t all moon-shining, coon-hunting, snaggle-toothed illiterates bent on making TV money. Nor do all Americans chase Big Foot.
History2 seems to have taken over the archeological shows that started out with digs in historical places, and they present new ideas and evidence that goes against the grain of fundamentalist religions and the Flat-Earth Society. I think that these shows became so popular that, at some point, they have introduced sensationalism in them. I personally don't like the ghost-hunting stuff and I think they've run UFOs into the ground. But there is a lot of truth to many of their shows, and I watch them with an open mind.
Thnx. I watch all the channels, Discovery, Science, NatGeo, H2 and History Animal Planet, Wild and some programs that are on the History channel are on others too. I also have an OPEN mind and no it hasn't fallen out. I like to make my own mind up
I watch those channels, too. I think some of the shows rotate channels because I've seen history shows repeat on NatGeo & others. I think you do a good job of making your own mind up.
I don't watch tv anymore, but I did love the History Channel and H2. Whenever I'd see something on there that interested me, I'd do some digging and draw my own conclusions. I think that it's a great source of information and a good place to find topics for conversation as well as personal research. But, just like other people have said, to stay on the air, a station needs to have ratings, and I think that does affect the integrity of what we see on any channel.
Yes, yes it does. Like all the war reports and the other "attention grabbers" like global warming and other things that will turn out to be a natural occurrance. The will sensationalize anything, even if it is small. Bad news bring more $$$.
It has only done what so many other interesting channels have resorted to doing. Showing "reality television." This seems to be a huge market because it is fairly easy to produce at a lower cost and the profits are huge. It is ALL about money and greed.
Thnx JT. I am getting really tired of all the reality shows. There has now become way too many of them. I wld rather watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeapardy. lol
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