EPISODE 291: THE STATE OF TELEVISION

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  1. Battleship Pretension says:

    The above graphic did not originate with us. It is what sparked this week’s discussion. We do not agree with its message, nor do we approve of the typo that happens there at the end.

  2. Sigh says:

    Loved the otherization of “pro-choice” as people dishonest about being “pro-abortion.”

    This show is reaching Hannity & Colmes levels, pair the most equivocating milquetoast liberal guy with the hardest core right-winger around and say its “balanced”

    Guess I’ll go back to listening to /film

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      If you think that’s what I was really saying when I made that joke then it would probably be better for both us and /Film if you stopped listening to podcasts altogether and focused more on trying to get your head out of your ass.

      – David

  3. Ray Mangum says:

    The “ninety percent of everything is crap” quote didn’t originate with Patton Oswalt. It’s known as “Sturgeon’s Law,” after sci-fi writer Theodore Sturgeon(though he called it his “revelation”) who was defending his own critically-derided medium:

    “I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud.Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. are crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.”

    Sturgeon also wrote for television (a couple episodes of the original Star Trek.)

    Great episode guys. I’ve been listening for about four years, and I’m not getting sick of the show at all.

    P.S. Congratulations Tyler, on not just being “hard core” in your Right-wing ideology, but the “hardest core around.” And yet you’re so cleverly subtle with it!

    (From Wikipedia, hardly the last word but it’ll do in a pinch): “The ‘extreme right’ has four traits according to Roger Eatwell: ‘1)anti-democracy; 2) nationalism; 3) racism; 4) the strong state’.”

    Yep, so subtle I never noticed you advocating any of those things.

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