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#21 OFFLINE   fleckrj

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:20 PM

Here's some more boggling for your mind. When the movie "Apollo 13" was released my nephew went to see it. When he returned home he discussed the movie with his parents and was surprised to learn from them that it was based on fact, not fiction.   

 OK, we are getting off topic, but that reminds me of the story of the kids who were standing in line to watch Titanic and were bummed out because someone in front if them made the comment that she was probably going to cry when the ship sunk.  The kids thought that statement was a spoiler.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:29 PM

As opposed to when it was Discovery Wings? At least it's keeping the military based theme.

 

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“We will honor those who serve our country with courage and distinction in any number of other ways as well. It can be firemen. It can be policemen. And those who don’t even necessarily wear a uniform, but whose actions inspire all Americans.”

 

 

In other words, this channel can be about anything, anyone and everything. While I think they will have a military theme in the near term being they hold the rights to that type of programming, that will shift over time.

 

 

Why? Because they changed their name?

 

The name change foretells that they are going to go away from military niche based historical programming and bridge to a wider audience, i.e. they are going to be trying to get the same eyeballs as the A&E networks History, H2, CI and Bio. I can't blame them being they answer to shareholders, but I can already get that kind of programming on the before mentioned channels and can't get the military content anywhere. 

 

 I think the real question at this point is what's their first reality show going to be about?  



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:08 PM

 I think the real question at this point is what's their first reality show going to be about?  

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

This morning there was a show about the influence of UFOs on Nazi Germany. Must have forgotten the name change. :rolleyes:

 

 

As far as the comments on education ... My wife has noted that in school they started at the front of the textbook and worked through it until time ran out at the end of the year. They barely got to WW2 and then tried to skip through and cover the important bits after that. She lamented not having a class on the last 20 years. There was a semester on "current events" but they were about "now" and the past couple of years that formed the now, not the 20-30 year gap between the end of History class and the beginning of Current Events.

 

I'm older than my wife, so I had less history to learn. :D


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:35 AM

This morning there was a show about the influence of UFOs on Nazi Germany. Must have forgotten the name change. 

 

As stated above, they currently own the rights to a large stockpile of military themed programming. Thus, said programming will make up a majority of airings until new rights purchases inline with their updated strategic theme manifest into the lineup.  This transformation often takes a few years. 



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:06 AM

 OK, we are getting off topic, but that reminds me of the story of the kids who were standing in line to watch Titanic and were bummed out because someone in front if them made the comment that she was probably going to cry when the ship sunk.  The kids thought that statement was a spoiler.

 

The same type thing is now going on regarding the movie "Pompeii".  Sad really...

 

Probably for "Noah" as well.  Love how that bill that one as "The untold story of Noah".  lol


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:16 AM

As stated above, they currently own the rights to a large stockpile of military themed programming. Thus, said programming will make up a majority of airings until new rights purchases inline with their updated strategic theme manifest into the lineup.  This transformation often takes a few years.


Perhaps if they want to synergize the upflow of viewership they might want to get a move on ... lest those the initial bubble of viewership increased caused by the publicity of the name change be lost when said viewers see programming that does not fullfil the channel's announced mission.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

This morning there was a show about the influence of UFOs on Nazi Germany. Must have forgotten the name change. :rolleyes:

 

 

As far as the comments on education ... My wife has noted that in school they started at the front of the textbook and worked through it until time ran out at the end of the year. They barely got to WW2 and then tried to skip through and cover the important bits after that. She lamented not having a class on the last 20 years. There was a semester on "current events" but they were about "now" and the past couple of years that formed the now, not the 20-30 year gap between the end of History class and the beginning of Current Events.

 

I'm older than my wife, so I had less history to learn. :D

My classmates and I endured the same teaching methods as your wife. Seeing how World War II greatly affected the later half of the twentieth century one would think more emphasis would have been placed upon it.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:04 AM

Really? You had no idea how or why World War II was fought until you watched it on TV? How did you get out of high school history? Consider my mind boggled.


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A few years ago (about 10), I regularly attended baseball games next to a senior in high school. Her take on WW II was all focused on a small number of children who were forced to give birth to children who fit the correct genetics. Hitler? Who? Oh, yeah. He had something to do with it.

This was not her being lazy (she finished 7th in her class). This was a complete lack of coverage of the war in the history curriculum.
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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

My classmates and I endured the same teaching methods as your wife. Seeing how World War II greatly affected the later half of the twentieth century one would think more emphasis would have been placed upon it.

 

One would think, but  in a topsy-turvy world where school children at play pointing 'finger-guns' is severely punished, to do so would expose younger generations to the real reality of real guns, real war and real death.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:17 PM

My classmates and I endured the same teaching methods as your wife. Seeing how World War II greatly affected the later half of the twentieth century one would think more emphasis would have been placed upon it.


Beyond teaching...more has been written about World War II than any other conflict in history, not to mention museums, monuments, families with veterans, references in popular culture, movies... etc. I would think somewhere along the line one would acquire at least a rudimentary knowledge of the greatest conflict in human history.


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