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April 15, 2003

TNN is a cable television network that's kind of vague and ill-defined. They show mostly re-runs of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Blind Date, and CSI. Not too long ago, it was The Nashville Network, and catered to more rural, Southern concerns, like country music, Nascar, fishing, hunting, and Boss Hogg.

Then it became just TNN. Then TNN: The National Network. And on June 16, it will emerge yet again from its cocoon taking an entirely new form.

Spike TV, "the first network for men."

Says TNN prez Albie Hecht, "Spike TV captures the attributes and essence of what we want the first network for men to be. It's unapologetically male; it's active; it's smart and contemporary with a personality that's aggressive and irreverent. This is a first major step in our journey to super-serving men in a way no one has done before."

"Super-serving" is the most ass-puckering advertising buzzword I've heard in quite some time.

But you've gotta admit, it's good that we finally have some television channels devoted to men.

"Aggressive and irreverent"? "Unapologetically male"? We all know what this means, right? This is aimed at guys who don't like being criticized for being sexist or for treating their wives and girlfriends poorly. It boggles the fucking mind that many middle class white guys seem to think that THEY are the ones being oppressed, by the forces of PC, which say that maybe they should treat people with respect and not feel divinely entitled to more than their fair share.

Well, let's take a step back. TNN is not creating this channel to soothe the bruised conscience of the American male. It is creating this channel for the sole purpose of capturing advertising dollars by companies that want to aim their products at young men who want to believe that they are aggressive and irreverent and the essence of all things male. Tell young men these are the products that make you "a man" (or at least "a cool man"), and those who are insecure and desperate to fit the mold will go buy them. Sad, really.

I'm going to make a prediction that Spike TV will try to be like Comedy Central's "The Man Show", but the gag will quickly wear thin, and it will slowly devolve into a cross between the FX Network and ESPN.

Posted by Jake at 05:57 PM | TrackBack (0)

At least The Man Show is funny. Spike TV just looks stupid.

Posted by: madprophet at April 17, 2003 03:23 AM

There was "the X show" for men which ran on FX Network about 2 years ago. I thought the show was funny.

Posted by: Canoe Driver at April 17, 2003 06:47 AM

I'd just like someone to tell the ad execs over at Spike TV that Spike is the name of one of the most popular gay clubs in West Hollywood, as well as ALSO being the name of a roving-location, special-occasion gay bondage/fetish club that reoccurs a few times a year in LA.


"TV for straight...white....men...only, goddamnit!!! The gays and the broads get Lifetime!"

Posted by: michele at April 17, 2003 11:32 AM

It's time for straight white men to take back the night. SEIG HEIL! Oh wait, wrong thread...heh.

Posted by: Eric at April 17, 2003 05:50 PM

Michele, was that Lifetime quote from?

Posted by: Eric at April 17, 2003 05:52 PM

Come again?
Damn the internet. I can never understand what people are writing.

Posted by: michele at April 18, 2003 11:47 AM

"The gays and broads get Lifetime." What was that from? Sorry, I mistyped.

Posted by: Eric at April 22, 2003 09:43 AM

Does this mean that Spike TV will get rid of Star Trek since the show is for unmanly nerds?!

Posted by: Eric at April 22, 2003 09:55 AM

It was from nowhere...it was a self-made interjection, framed by quotes so as to be posited as someone else's thought, and therefore presenting a narrative scenario. For example, in the Googlism post at top, I could have commented "Ohmigod! My name must be very popular with dogs!" using the first-person voice of Jake, even though *I* am not Jake. Right?

Long story short, quote came from nowhere, was my way of making a point.


Posted by: michele at April 22, 2003 10:09 AM

The quote sounded familiar so I thought you might have picked it up somewhere. My apologies :)

It was a good quote though.

Posted by: Eric at April 23, 2003 10:37 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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