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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Current Television

Current television-series that I watch are:
  • University Challenge - intellectual quiz-show
  • Being Human - drama, monster-fantasy, and sociological commentary
  • Misfits - drama, superpower-fantasy, gritty, entertaining (awaiting a new season!)

Current trends I absolutely hate:
  • Docu-dramas focusing on important medical conditions which contain almost no educational content, but rather show scene after scene of slow, melodramatic, day-to-day events of a sufferer of something. It is nothing short of freak-show abuse with a pretence of documentary.
  • Documentaries where the central themes are shown so often, and certain paragraphs of text repeated after every break, that the repetition makes the program suit only utterly thick people with no attention span.
  • Reality-talent shows: genuinely talented and well-trained people are let-down by the 'judges', who are all egotistical, utterly shallow, completely unprofessional bickering social retards, whose ridiculous melodrama makes such programs unwatchable. The gossip about the judges and the contendants is all invented teenage-magazine class material designed to make it all more interesting than it is.
  • Pseudo-scientific supernatural investigation programs. They are all utterly fake, completely misleading, laughably simplistic and nonsensical, confused in their theories, and I even suspect even their producers are consciously creating falsehood for the sake of viewers, rather than even trying to do serious investigations.

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I've pretty much dropped out of watching TV right at the moment. Not entierly sure why. There are programs I have a reasonable number of series flagged up on BBC Iplayer Which I like but for the most part none of them excite memenough to actually sit down and watch them. I know I'll watch any new Doctor Who that comes up and I'm making a point of watching Top gear which may be seen as Low brow but is in it's own way but has a certain boys own heroic quality that I find entertaining.

The reality Is I mostly listen to audio programs now. BBC 7 has always got a couple of good darma series on the go and good comedy to, where as Radio 4 has more interesting interlectual content than pretty much all the UKs TV stations put together (I admit more or less would probably disagree with me). Unless you get to it before half six thisevening I Am Legend will see it's first episode drop of Iplayer (BBC Radio 7 6:30pm) It's really not like the film. In our time is about the most in depth genrally educational program on the radio anywhere. Sometimes it is actually a challenge to listen to, but totally adictive.

I tend not to comment on the drivel I don't like because I don't watch it enough to form an oppinion.

I'm enjoying Hustle at the moment. I think the only thing I've really been watching are light hearted BBC comedy/comedy drama, and Mad Men.

Everything else is just washing over me!

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