[LMB] OT: It's ADVERTISING!!! (was) Dono - (Now) Is Barrayaranhomosexuality a MUTATION?

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Wed Jan 5 18:23:30 GMT 2011

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From: "Howard Brazee" <howard at brazee.net>
To: "Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold." 
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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: It's ADVERTISING!!! (was) Dono - (Now) Is 
Barrayaranhomosexuality a MUTATION?

> On Jan 5, 2011, at 9:43 AM, Paula Lieberman wrote:
>> No, it is intentional to make the ADVERTISERS happy, who are putting the 
>> money up
>> There are lots of reasons why broadcast TV has lost so much 
>> viewership--it's because it is CRAP!!!!
> How much viewership has it lost?  I have read that kids spend about the 
> same amount of total time in front of TV and in front of computers that 
> they used to spend, so I would assume it was computers gaining share - but 
> is that because TV is crap?

Broadcast as opposed to cable.

> Was the TV that I used to watch 4 and 5 decades ago better than the TV my 
> grandkids watch?   I suspect that the best of today is better than the 
> best of the past, mainly because of Sturgeon's law.   For the same reason, 
> I imagine there's more crap.   But I watched some pretty crappy shows back 
> when.

Remember the show, was it 20th century or 21st century, that Walter Cronkite 
hosted?  There's nothing on commercial broadcast TV like it today. 
Remember Wild Kingdom?

> The thing is, with more available, the top 10% is bigger now.
> The reason I stopped watching popular TV shows isn't because they aren't 
> as good as in the past.   It's because what I choose to spend my time 
> doing has changed.

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