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Cable TV idea

We need a new channel:  HighIQ TV.  Even the commercials require thought.

Instead of dumbed down science programs, we get some university lectures on various topics but with good video.

Instead of emphasizing that it is a "learning" opportunity, call it entertainment.  And make it seem exclusive so even dumb people who like Jay Leno will feel compelled to watch so they can feel smart.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 15th, 2007 5:45pm
Great idea.  Pitch it to the people who can make it work, or write a manuscript.  Maybe a variation of World's Dirtiest Jobs, except he's put in there with smart people, like some kid kicking his butt at chess, or office job or such.  World's Smartest Jobs. ;-D
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July 15th, 2007 6:20pm
I think we already have this.  It's called "PBS".
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 15th, 2007 6:34pm
Not the PBS I know.  It isn't nearly what I'm talking about.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 15th, 2007 7:15pm
We recently got an AppleTV thing, and subscribe to some video podcasts that are practically TV shows. Like normal TV, some are insultingly stupid and full of shit, but a few are quite good.

When this becomes more mainstream, I think niche TV shows will proliferate, and "Smart people TV" will be rolled up into that.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 15th, 2007 7:37pm
I think I know that cable station. I call it BitTorrent.
Permalink Send private email Impractical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 11:15pm
...and what interesting shows do you bit torrent?
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 15th, 2007 11:37pm
I agree. University lectures SUCK. Dumbed down science TV sucks, but in a different way. What we need is programming with the depth of a graduate school lecture, and the production values of Law and Order.
Permalink hello. 
July 16th, 2007 3:18am
The market is by no means large enough.
Permalink Send private email Colm 
July 16th, 2007 9:21am
I suspect the Production Values of a Law And Order would prevent the depth necessary for a University course.

That's a big difference between TV and Real Life Universities.  That's why TV is 'free' and Universities cost $20,000 a year or more.

But it's an interesting idea, and would be brilliant if it could be made to work.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 16th, 2007 10:20am
Complexity usually comes from the parts. The problem with detailing things in the level you want requires explanation of all those little things as well.

How It's Made, for example, covered light bulb manufacturing. I get the feeling you'd have liked to watch it and pretty much be able to engineer your own light bulb making machine. I'm thinking the total air time for something like that would be an entire season.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 16th, 2007 12:38pm
I don't think the production values need to be high.

One of my favorite things about college was the random talks from visiting professors and graduate students. It was almost always way over my head, but I still followed enough of it for it to be interesting.

Most people I meet can be very interesting for at least a little while. Something as simple as a series of short interviews around a niche would be cool.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 16th, 2007 12:58pm
"I get the feeling you'd have liked to watch it and pretty much be able to engineer your own light bulb making machine."

Actually, How It's Made isn't quite "it".  I'm thinking more like Modern Marvels--which gives a history, personalities, why/wherefores.  Like they went into why Edison beat Tesla and the politics behind AC vs. DC.  You could do a whole show just on that, rather than a brief 5 minutes and then move on to other stuff.

I could see a school like MIT doing this, but with video footage of historical photos, film, interviews rather than lectures that are like watching paint dry.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 16th, 2007 1:12pm
> I don't think the production values need to be high.

They need to be higher than the current collection of podcasts and videocasts of university lectures. The results of pointing a shitty video camera at a random university lecturer are unbearable to watch.
Permalink hello. 
July 16th, 2007 1:50pm
Production values don't need to be high, provided they actually hire people who can write worth a damn.
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July 17th, 2007 12:01am

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