Friday, December 30, 2011

I think we can safely say there have been worse promos for a teevee show

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(h/t: KK, via email)


Ocean said...

Now I will want to watch it all day long...

Brendan Keefe said...

Yeah. Especially if they mixed in Louis Armstrong's singing, too.

Uncle Ebeneezer said...

And it looks like we'll get to see the [URL=""]whole[/URL] thing!!

Thank the FSM that this series will apparently not have the Oprah voice-over (like "Life" did, in the us.)

Uncle Ebeneezer said...

Ugh, why is hyperlinking such a challenge for me?!! Argh... :)

Brendan Keefe said...

Because you're more used to posting on forums than in comment sections, the latter of which use straight HTML markup?

(Here is a quick tutorial, if you'd like.)

But thanks for passing along the URL, in any case. That's 99% of the job, at least, and that is a very good post. I hadn't heard that bit of appalling news.

How did you happen across that blog? From Jerry Coyne?

Uncle Ebeneezer said...

Great. Thanks for the primer. I will book mark that for the future.

I saw that story on Jerry Coyne and PZ who both did multiple posts on it and encouraged people to complain to Discovery Channel, which hopefully had some influence on the way things played out.

Brendan Keefe said...


I'd like to think the complaining from the forces of light and reason had some effect on the Discovery Channel, too.

I will say that when I'm not too down in the dumps about the state of our union, I am inclined to think that soulless corporations who care only about the bottom line (Our Responsibility To The Stockholders™) are not overly bent on catering to the wingnuts. It's just that the wingnuts spend the most time yelling, and the easy conclusion by someone running a teevee channel is, "Well, I guess the other side isn't really all that numerous. Or at least, doesn't care that much."

In other words, they CAN be swayed. We just have to be shrill, in the Krugmanian sense.

(I do grant that on the particular issue of AGW/CC, there are some non-wingnuts with incentives to downplay the problem other than winning the culture wars, but even most of these -- giant fossil fuel companies -- are still affectable, with a sustained enough effort. Look no further than BP to see an example of how they'll respond if we put enough pressure on for long enough.)