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Old 03-12-2011, 11:08 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I say that History Channel has strayed away from what it was when that channel first began and that is telling real history, now for shows like when they talk about mechanical things such as Marvel or something thats good, but for shows like Life After People should be on another channel like Discovery Channel. I mean think about it....Life AFTER People not BEFORE People, why do we care if the world goes down without us since we're vanished from Earth? I mean I like the show and all but for being on History channel that has the show has nothing to do with history? So, what part of "history" is the History Channel is showing and this goes for other shows on that channel that has nothing to do with history.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Slaughter Creek, Travis County
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Because it represents an interesting perspective as to how we people may have contributed to the growth and demise of Earth.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Well, they use what we know about ancient ruins and such to help determine what will happen to all the things we've built after we're gone. I distinctly remember them showing the Cambodian ruins at one point so they do weave history into it as examples of how nature takes everything back. Essentially the show is about how man made creations age and deteriorate and if that's not a part of history, I don't know what is.

Also, history is always linked to the future... that's not to say THC should be airing sci-fi but in my experience, historians are always asking "how will this be remembered in history?" and Life After People is sort of an answer to that. It shows us what will happen to our world when we are merely a part of history ourselves. Will we be remembered? Will our creations last and for how long? If another civilization came across our ruins, what would they see? What might they derive from it? So it IS about history - just one that hasn't happened yet.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Life After People is both relevant to the show's focus, but some of them like Top Shot (although a very good show in it's own right) are not.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:48 AM
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Life After People is both relevant to the show's focus, but some of them like Top Shot (although a very good show in it's own right) are not.
They for some reason saw the need for some type of reality show, I think Top Shot was a far better choice than some of the other crap out there, at least it has some historical firearms/weapons
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:47 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Well, they use what we know about ancient ruins and such to help determine what will happen to all the things we've built after we're gone. I distinctly remember them showing the Cambodian ruins at one point so they do weave history into it as examples of how nature takes everything back. Essentially the show is about how man made creations age and deteriorate and if that's not a part of history, I don't know what is.

Also, history is always linked to the future... that's not to say THC should be airing sci-fi but in my experience, historians are always asking "how will this be remembered in history?" and Life After People is sort of an answer to that. It shows us what will happen to our world when we are merely a part of history ourselves. Will we be remembered? Will our creations last and for how long? If another civilization came across our ruins, what would they see? What might they derive from it? So it IS about history - just one that hasn't happened yet.
I see what your saying and good point.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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They for some reason saw the need for some type of reality show, I think Top Shot was a far better choice than some of the other crap out there, at least it has some historical firearms/weapons
That's a good thing cause' we guys(some women out there) are gun fanatics too. Same goes for Ice Road Truckers which is my favorite show and THAT is reality.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Maine
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The History Channel is "pop" history. It's primary purpose is to entertain, not to represent historic accuracy.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Life After People is both relevant to the show's focus, but some of them like Top Shot (although a very good show in it's own right) are not.
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They for some reason saw the need for some type of reality show, I think Top Shot was a far better choice than some of the other crap out there, at least it has some historical firearms/weapons
Like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men? I guess if they get enough viewers, they would program anything and call it history.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Probably for the same reason that A&E shows Sopranos reruns and the Biography Channel airs Celebrity Ghost stories.
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