Reality TV

China Bans ‘Overly Entertaining’ TV

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China's government is upset with the way television is "fueling more independent viewpoints" and has ordered "overly entertaining" shows off the air by next year.


From Soviets to Sharks: How Seven TV Channels Changed Their Identities

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Much like the claim that "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons" aren't as good as they used to be, complaining about MTV's transition from round-the-clock music videos to "Jersey Shore" has gone from legitimate gripe to tired cliché.


What’s Going On With Communism Now?

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You may recognize that fella up there underneath the black fashion sunglasses as the lead singer of Scorpions, and I thought that’s who it was as well until a Wisconsin teacher briefly stopped protesting to inform me that it is actually iconic Russian leader Joseph Stalin.




So, this is unsettling: a commercial for minced chicken from the Soviet Union, dated 1986 (video below).

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