Have you checked out The History Channel’s programming of late? Guess what? It has little, or nothing, to do with history anymore. Instead, there’s pablum like "Ice Road Truckers" and "Modern Marvels."
What became of historical documentaries? Or, "Movies in Time?" Or, a good, old World War II redux?
I’m not sure what happened. Did the cable network’s research team suddenly decide that viewers would be more interested in a reality series about Alaskan truckers? Or, that we’d love to know the engineering secrets of various buildings, famous or otherwise?
The Learning Channel did the same thing not too long ago. It completely lost its way and opted to steer away from programs intended to help one learn and, instead, began featuring circus sideshow material. Perhaps both are emblematic of the ongoing dumbing down of America?
I used to include The History Channel among my "must views." Now, sadly, it’s history. And, its image and reputation have become a joke (at least to me).
"Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it," according to the old bromide. Well, I intend to tempt fate. Because, until they resurrect their original programming charter, I intend to not only ignore The History Channel, but to channel surf right past it.