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The short answer: Yes, years ago, but I still watch it.   Even the most avid shark enthusiast would have to concede that Shark Week has devolved down to the pseudo-intellectuals’ version of a monster truck rally / mud bog competition.

In the earlier days it was fun, educational and exciting.  What is better than a shark attacking and tearing some hapless creature to shreds in a cloud of blood?  We watched the shows thinking: wow, I didn’t know that, fascinating. 

Fast forward 25 years.  (Yes, over 25 yrs actually)

Now the internet has more shark video and information than you could ever want.  Much of it better than anything you will see during Shark Week. 

Discovery’s shark shows marathon has the look and feel of a Japanese game show.  They over–hype their Sharkaganza every bit as much as ESPN over-hypes the Super Bowl.  Commercials start months prior.  You can buy all manner of Shark Week swag:  DVDs, foam hats, trophy heads and one dozen Shark Week cupcakes ($39.95 +$20.00 handling fee)… to list a few.  Even the president will likely put down his golf clubs long enough to shoot a PSA stressing the critical role Shark Week plays in the wars on terrorism and capitalism.

Hey, Stop Hating Shark Week!

I don’t hate it.  It does disappoint me though.  And I disappoint myself by watching year after year.  Here are a few reasons why:  

    1.  The nearest thing today to the once popular freak show is the parade of shark victims every year on shark week.  Frankly, it is both morbid and boring now.  The stories vary little.  They usually involve water and blood with the loss of a limb.  Discovery has shown some victims so often that they feel like family.

    2.  Building a 1 hour show around a 6 second clip.  Actually this probably applies to half of all shark week specials.  For 30 minutes of the 40 minute (1 hour) show we get teasers, stills, 2 second clips, commercials, interviews of ugly researchers, more teasers, etc.  Then entire 6 second clip is shown.  For the next 10 minutes that clip is shown over and over: slow-mo, stop motion, ultra slow-mo, backwards, enhanced, computerized version, with commentary ……. until you are utterly worn out. 

    3.  “Hosting” shark week.  Does shark week need a host?  Aren’t the sharks able to carry the day?  Do we really need Oprah or Ryan Seacrest pimping the poor fish?  Worse than a famous host is the dull, unknown host with some kind of shark credentials.  I suspect a reality show/talent search for the perfect Shark Week host is in our future. 

    4.  Is there anything more boring than shark “researchers” and/or crew members and their stories?  That crowd is only a bit less creepy and one dimensional than bigfoot researchers.  Watching hyper-sensitive loners wax poetic about their love for these deadly fish demonstrates the need for more mental therapy in this country but it is bad TV.   Further, listening to sun-dried cameramen drone on about endless boredom with the rare close call might be fascinating to media wizards but after 2 or 3 shows like that I am ready to move on.  Tip from viewers:  Behind the Scenes tripe is only interesting to roadies working behind the scenes.

Despite its enormous failings I will tune in for parts of Shark Week and hate myself for doing so.  It is an over-sold, inferior product but what else is there to watch in August?  This must be how it feels to vote Democrat.

 

-Conservatoons.

 

PS – I will do my part and add to the chaos that is over-hyped Shark Week by posting shark cartoons.  Fish On.

PPS – Got a peeve about shark week?   Share it here.

 

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almanich Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016

"I can’t help but believe that in the future we will see in the United States and throughout the western world an increasing trend toward the next logical step, employee ownership. It is a path that befits a free people." -Ronald Regan

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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIZ_e6… I ship Glenn Beck and Anderson Cooper. #GlandersonBooper
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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2016
You're a fake. Unless you point out Trump's leftist policies. You're not conservative, you're republican there is a major difference. Trump is a centrist. You're not going to make comics on Trumpcare, because socialized healthcare is only bad when democrats do it. republican socialized healthcare is fine to you fake.
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Conservatoons Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
I'm quite real.  I am a Never Hillary person.  I know what Trump is.  So far though, I like many of his cabinet picks.  Let's see how he does the job before going full zealot.  You are aware that he is not yet in office?
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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
You like General Petreous? A guy who wants gun control, illegally shared classified information and had the bright idea to give weapons to Al-Qaeda? 
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LiberalLaxatives Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional
Trump is not a centrist, he is a right wing populist.  Some would say nationalist.


He is no leftist.
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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
So you're no concerned that he wants to REPLACE Obamacare, you know instead of repealing it like he promised?
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LiberalLaxatives Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2016  Professional
He said repeal and replace during the campaign, dating back to 2015.  

He will repeal what doesn't work, and replace  it with what does.    If it is to be fully replaced, it would probably be best to chop it to pieces over time.


But no, I am not afraid. 

Q: ObamaCare is one of the things you call a disaster.

TRUMP: A complete disaster, yes.

Q: Saying it needs to be repealed & replaced.

TRUMP: Correct.

Q: Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren't you for it now?

TRUMP: As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It could have worked in a different age. What I'd like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands of employees. And if I'm negotiating in BY or NJ or CA, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid. You know why? Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians. They're making a fortune. Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can't take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.
www.ontheissues.org/2016/Donal…

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jgraham1993 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2016
I ship Glenn Beck and Anderson Cooper. #GlandersonBooper
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November 9 was YUUUGE!
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