I enjoy the History Channel, but I think many of their shows don’t realize what the definition of “history” is.
Yes, good point. And I think that a supplementary problem is that many educational (or purportedly educational) channels feel – with some justification – that they are as much in the entertainment business as in the education business, and that entertainment sometimes has to take priority over scholarly rigor. For instance, I once saw a “documentary” produced for the National Geographic Channel that devoted a good deal of time to some pseudo-scientific conspiracy theorists, and did so in a way which seemed motivated by catchy sensationalism. In other words, the film wasn’t about exposing and debunking wingnuts; it seemed more about giving them equal airtime in the interests of open-minded balanced reporting. Frankly, it struck me as being something more worthy of the National Enquirer than National Geographic.
Yes i have also noticed that more of the comedy channels appear to be playing films now too.
ie they are deviating away from their original goal of showing historical or science or comedy programmes.
I think one of the problems that History and Discovery has is that i suspect they expect the viewer to be shown
images and videos etc and sadly it is only under 100 years that they have footage.
Maybe i am an anorak but i would love to see a programme getting involved with museum artefacts. Griff Rhys Jones
hosted a quiz show called Quizeum. It was not perfect, rather short but something on that them.
Or perhaps a programme showing the changes to uniform detailing the various insignia etc.