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This is a great example of the media mentality in Minnesota and the Twin Cities! Having lived in metropolitan Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, this article and reports we either read in the Strib or see on local TV would NEVER have even been considered for publication in the local media! Nor would we read about snow mobilers and cars falling through the water on frozen lakes in the winter. Or walleye fishing limits. When, oh when, will the local newspapers and TV actually report on events and issues that are really significant and impactful?
Unfortunately the dumbing down of America is news! "jersey shore, the Kardashians and the rest of this trash is cheaper to produce than a dramatic show or documentary.. And sadly there is an audience for this.
This is an example of the mentality of the whole United States. People who watch these "reality shows" must have very small lives.
@barbjens "the whole United States." I guess that would include you too then. Neither I nor any of the people I know watch junk like this so maybe you shouldn't use sweeping statements to describe the audience for these shows. Having said that, apparently there are enough people who watch this stuff to keep it on the air. Even in today's cable, satellite and internet TV environment, Newton N. Minow's 1961 speech describing television programming as "a vast wasteland" still holds true.
It would be great if they could do a show on northern Minnesota ice fshing culture without fomenting conflict and sensationalism. It's up to you people -- they'll stop making this junk when you stop watching it. Seriously, kill your tv and join actual reality.
One good point in the article is people in the southern half of the United States have never seen thousands of fish houses on a lake making it look like a small town. But this unique northern activity is best suited as a documentary and the best vehicle for sharing it would be the Discovery Channel or some other legitimate human interest channel - not a sensationalized, garbage "Reality" show.
Russell: (confused) How is that a show?
Jerry: Well, uh, maybe something happens on the way to work.
George: No, no, no. Nothing happens.
Jerry: Well, something happens.
Russell: Well, why am I watching it?
George: Because it's on TV.
Russell: (threateningly) Not yet.
mdachs. A story about limits on Mille Lacs is just as relevant here as how many were murdered the previous day is in Chicago, New York...
I think its cool, get Minnesota more known.
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