Plus: Arnold assigned!
I’m one of the lowbrows who comes home tired from work, catches up on the latest craziness in the news, and then is not in the mood for anything tragic. I tried several times to watch Succession, but the characters were such awful people that I couldn’t become interested in them, or care what happened to them. I need to like at least one character.
Honestly, I tend to watch news shows or read.
I know it makes sense for them financially but now I’ll probably have to pay more for HBO so I can have a bunch of Disney productions I never wanted. It slowly creeps back toward being cable yet again.
TLS kind of like Tremors meets God knows what. swell movie. Thanks
I watched The Last Stand. It was amusing at times, but it's essentially gun porn. So much violence! I remember when people were shocked by that. Now it's everywhere and nobody bats an eyelash.
I'm not a Puritan, but the constant glorification of violence isn't a good thing.
Count me as on of the rural's who will not keep subscribing to MAX if it stops doing excellence. Reality TV disgusts me and I can't stand watching stupid. I stopped TLC and Discovery when they went the most programming is reality tv b.s. Prime video is a nightmare because it's all bait and switch. Offerings are all about sucking you into some ad-based nightmare. It used to be easy finding something on Prime to watch but not anymore. My go to streaming services are HBOMax and Netflix. I will not keep paying HBO to watch idiocy. As to the analogy that people coming home don't want to watch something good, could it perhaps be that they dumbed down their audience with idiocy and too many people are forgetting what good entertainment is?
No quibble with the article, but I get annoyed at the phrase coastal elites. In fact if you go to most states you will find a city where the latte drinkers live and work. So in Ohio you can visit Dayton and then see Wright State University - a behemoth with a medical school etc (i taught there in 1977-78.) So yes most folks apparently want Dr Pimple Popper but the educated zoom meet-ers are scattered across the US. And by the way the low brow live along to coasts.
Watched The Last Stand per the assignment. A mediocre movie that was tons of fun to watch. As many are.
Sonny, Sonny, Sonny. In a few years, some future BOD of Max will have a great new idea. Shuffle their lineup and call it Home Box Office.
I saw the first two hours of MTV when it went live. I didn’t like it, and never watched it again.
I was a big Tull fan still (I play flute) and one of the videos was Aqualung. It seemed to be at half speed. I’d seen it in concert four times; the first was what inspired me to become a musician.
I decided to pass on the whole music video thing. No regrets.
I'll be sticking with them because they have the rights to my men's and women's national team games but really don't want the price to go up for Discovery crap. Its sad for me to say that too because I used to like Discovery (the channel) before they went MTV's route and completely abandoned their original type of content for reality TV.
The problem isn't so much one app that has everything as it is no way within the app to sort out the wheat from the chaff. (And what constitutes wheat and chaff is different for every viewer.)
I find it fascinating that this is happening in the almost-immediate wake of the general retail business discovering that they cannot survive as all-things-to-all-people. Bed, Bath, and Beyond is going bankrupt; Kohl’s is trying to reposition as a “lifestyle” store with in-store Sephora departments (which didn’t help J.C.Penney’s) and everyone else is closing stores. Tell me that the better streaming comparison is Amazon, but even it is trying to segment-offering me(for one) a new business membership, a Kindle loyalty club beta, special checkout options at Whole Foods, and who knows what’s coming next week. It FEELS as though there is an entire generation of executives who barely understand their businesses-or perhaps business. The whole thing about costs, profits, products, customers and the complex relationships among those things. As if they got all tangled up in the glitz and glamour of flashy trendy products and stock options to support flashy lifestyles. . . . a high churn influencer disposable economy. Maybe it was ZIRP; maybe it’s the fundamental amorphousness of a world so dominated by onlineness. But it feels to me as though we have entered a phase that is likely to be especially weird and probably short-lived as decision-makers learn how to make economically based decisions. Don’t jump in to overpay for what you don’t really want: it’ll probably all change in a year anyway!
Ah, Dr. Pimple Popper. Along with 1000 Pound Sisters and other notables like Love After Lock-up, America shows how far it has fallen down the rabbit hole.
People don’t want excellence.
People want Smile.