1. avatar The Stav
    Anyone mid twenties or over remember '57 Channels And There's Nothin' On' when it was in the charts?

    I'm not a big Springsteen fan, but I remember thinking back in the late 80s or early 90s when that tune came out 'imagine having 57 channels on the telly', like it was a good idea.

    Back in the day, being in Britain/Ireland, all we could get were BBC1, BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 (then came Channel 5, which seemed to start out with a respectable ambition).

    With a decent ariel or proximity to the aul Free State we could get RTE and Network 2.

    With the limited range of the 4-6 channels, we did ok for entertainment.
    Looking back, some of it may have been cheesy and seem a wee bit dated now, but there seemed to be more humanity involved- both in the choice of programming and most of the programmes themselves, like there were things more important than money and investments, things to be learned and shared, just for the craic or for serious gritty educational shit- proper TV.

    Not to say there was a televisual utopia- not much has changed in terms of quality of content since the old days.
    But why is it these days that if you have freeview TV, which is now the minimum expected normality, should you should be subjected to endless repeated shows and adverts of the same old shite day after day?
    Buy Virgin or Sky so as you never have to mingle with mankind again?
    For money?
    Stick it up yer arse!
    Quality of life is more important.

    Don't get me wrong- Dave does a good bita comedy between commercials, Film 4 and ITV2 are alright sometimes, but THE SAME OLD SHIT DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK is wreckin my head. It'd drive me to gettin a real job...

    My point isn't about which particular era was better, 70s/80s/90s or now, just that with quantity of TV channels I think we're losing overall quality. I reckon as a society people are becoming numb with what they see on the telly, and personally I'm thinking of getting rid of my TV altogether.
    I'd far rather witness the death of the pub while I still can.

    Same goes with the internet as well, which also bores the shit outta me. I remember not so long ago them internets were being touted as 'Man's Greatest Invention Yet'.

    WE ARE NOT MACHINES!.

    I write this thread for kicks.

    My head hurts and now I'm gonna make tea, have a smoke and put a record on.
    For old time's sake...

    Go outside and play you crazy diamonds x
  2. avatar The Ronster
    Now, see that there, that's a BLOG POST, not a thread starter.
  3. avatar fletch_belfast
    I didn't read all that crap, but on a side note, for anyone that didn't realise this, you can turn on to BBC England (if you have virgin/sky) and still watch the Weakest Link, you don't have to watch BBC NI and be subjected to Stephen Nolans Panic Attack.

    I'm glad I realised this before it was too late.
  4. avatar Deestroyer
    Books...


    [img:500e386cda]http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/02/06/books460.jpg[/img:500e386cda]


    They're awesome.
  5. avatar SweetDickWilly
    You're awesome.
  6. avatar The_Martyr
    Do you read travel books exclusively? There are many other genres out there, you know!
  7. avatar The Ronster
    Deestroyer prefers reading about places than going to them.

    As he said, books are awesome.
  8. avatar Orzo
    Computer games..

    [img:3fc0658c0c]http://www.computerrepairmaintenance.com/images/video_games.jpg[/img:3fc0658c0c]


    They're awesome too.
  9. avatar MULLAN Extraordinaire
    [quote:1e2295188c="fletch_belfast"]I didn't read all that crap, but on a side note, for anyone that didn't realise this, you can turn on to BBC England (if you have virgin/sky) and still watch the Weakest Link, you don't have to watch BBC NI and be subjected to Stephen Nolans Panic Attack.

    I'm glad I realised this before it was too late.[/quote:1e2295188c]
    I'm sure viewers in England switch to Stevie when Weakest Link is on.
  10. avatar Deestroyer
    Well, I have often been heard saying, "Ibiza/Paris/Barcelona is ok, but it's not as good as the book."
  11. avatar Deestroyer
    Thinking about stuff...


    [img:b49e499779]http://themarketingintern.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/rodin__the_thinker2.jpg[/img:b49e499779]


    It's awesome.
  12. avatar fastfude
    Have you tried the Intertubes? There are at least a hojillion of them.

    http://www.eee.bham.ac.uk/com_test/img%5Cdsnl%5Cinternet15jan06.png
  13. avatar fletch_belfast
    [quote:03b171a135="MULLAN Extraordinaire"]I'm sure viewers in England switch to Stevie when Weakest Link is on.[/quote:03b171a135]

    Do they fuck.

    Maybe if they're feeling a bit low about their body image and they need a wee pick-me-up, they might be tempted to gaze upon the gastropod that is Nolan.
  14. avatar Per
    Without ITV4 we wouldn't be able to watch Total Recall and Conan The Barbarian four times a week. We'd be no better than the damn dirty apes.
  15. avatar Deestroyer
    [quote:79a361b22f="Per"]Without ITV4 we wouldn't be able to watch Total Recall and Conan The Barbarian four times a week. We'd be no better than the damn dirty apes.[/quote:79a361b22f]:lol:
  16. avatar atomike
    Does anyone remember the RTE kids program Bosco? Now that was quality edutainment. A small red haired, rosie cheeked puppet that lived in a box... only leaving to go to Dublin Zoo... mondo bizarro
  17. avatar Orzo
    [img:14178c73f7]http://dynimg.rte.ie/0001711e10dr.jpg[/img:14178c73f7]

    If they'd replaced the puppet with the puppeteers, perhaps the viewing figures would have been bigger...
  18. avatar atomike
    That must be a new Bosco! The presenters I remember were much uglier...
  19. avatar Michael82FFL
    I saw this on T.V once

    [url=]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfGvwCiaXTI&feature=related[/url]

    poor guy tried to claim that sharks were friendly
  20. avatar The Stav
    See that's what I was talkin about in the first place. If TV showed that kinda shit all the time then the world would be a slightly better place.
    My original point was that I'm sick of insurance adverts and monotonous repeats of Come Dine With Me/How Clean Is Your House/Top Gear etc etc. I wasn't so much lamenting on the downfall of mankind.
    Maybe I should stop posting when I'm drunk.
    I shoulda just said 'TV's shite these days. Discuss.'
  21. avatar Orzo
    It's [url=http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/would-the-one-show-presenter-christine-bleakley-be-a-tv-host-if-she-was-ugly-14442542.html]all about the looks[/url] these days. Beauty over talent.
  22. avatar feline1
    I recently enjoyed re-runs of "Dempsey & Makepeace" on ITV3.

    I was disquieted when UK TV History rebranded itself to "Yesterday".

    I am ahined that I can receive Russia, French, Pakistani & Hindu channels, but not TG4. I can get S4C, but all that's ever on that is the Eidstedfodderstompf. BBC Alba is only on for half an hour on alternate Wednesdays and consists solely of "Bagpiping from Up Your Glen" and a thrilling soap opera where "Jamie tries to change a car battery". Or sthg. And where is the BBC Kernowak channel!? OPPRESSORS!!!!!!