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Old 02-25-2018, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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(This is more a rant & rhetorical question).

It seems like fewer and fewer 'documentaries' are crafted to actually explain things, to people who are curious and love to learn, while more and more have blatant, clearly artificial drama as if the producers feel they have to inject tension and excitement to attract and keep their audience.

They are easy to spot, as they start to explain things, ... and then .... (excitement builds) ... it starts to rain and nobody brought umbrellas! Oh No, the project is at risk, everybody will fail, <cut to commercial>. Coming back from the break, the host suddenly finds that everyone actually paid attention to the weather forecast and were prepared after-all.

Next commercial break, it's another possible catastrophe, "will they make the nearly impossible to complete deadline?" .... but it's averted (because the deadline wasn't really that impossible, or hidden).

Why produce a show that by-definition should be targeted to a demographic that is intelligent and curious about how things work, and then make the show as if they are trying to attract viewers who are like excitable teenagers with no common sense that could care less about how it works.
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Old 02-25-2018, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Because they get good ratings which sells advertising and makes money for the networks. That's all television is about making money.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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Docudramas are no more truth than any other scripted show. All television is scripted.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:40 AM
 
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Reality TV is not meant to be documentaries. There are still good documentaries on PBS, Netflix, even YouTube.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Snowflakes.....drama queens.....soyboys.....etc.

Honesty and integrity seem like foreign concepts.......
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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(This is more a rant & rhetorical question).

It seems like fewer and fewer 'documentaries' are crafted to actually explain things, to people who are curious and love to learn, while more and more have blatant, clearly artificial drama as if the producers feel they have to inject tension and excitement to attract and keep their audience.

They are easy to spot, as they start to explain things, ... and then .... (excitement builds) ... it starts to rain and nobody brought umbrellas! Oh No, the project is at risk, everybody will fail, <cut to commercial>. Coming back from the break, the host suddenly finds that everyone actually paid attention to the weather forecast and were prepared after-all.

Next commercial break, it's another possible catastrophe, "will they make the nearly impossible to complete deadline?" .... but it's averted (because the deadline wasn't really that impossible, or hidden).

Why produce a show that by-definition should be targeted to a demographic that is intelligent and curious about how things work, and then make the show as if they are trying to attract viewers who are like excitable teenagers with no common sense that could care less about how it works.
Are you talking about reality shows or actual documentaries? Can you give an example?
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:09 PM
 
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Snowflakes.....drama queens.....soyboys.....etc.

Honesty and integrity seem like foreign concepts.......
Don't forget SJWs.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:17 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I'm wondering if the OP isnt mistaking "how-to" shows for documentaries. An example would be a show like Bob Vila's "This Old House" where he showed you how to do the "project of the week" versus a show like "Rehab Addict" where you have the implanted drama of "omg we tore down this wall and found a broken pipe, how will we ever finish on time under budget?!?!?!"

Otherwise documentaries are alive and well. The Smithsonian channel has some fantastic ones as well as American Heroes channel.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:38 AM
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Location: Houston/Brenham
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I think the OP is referring to "implanted drama". I know what he means, and while it's not my biggest peeve in life, it is slightly irritating.

These are real documentaries, not reality shows. But they tend to end each segment, before a commercial break, with a little flair, a little drama, a little "oh no!". I was watching one this weekend on building a 19 mile tunnel under and around Copenhagen, for their new subway/transit system. And one segment ends with them hitting some water underground, that starts to flood the tunnel, and the way they break for commercial, it's like "will the entire project, gazillions of $$$, be over before it starts, due to flooding in the tunnel". And when they return after break, they simply shore up the walls, put in some drains, and concrete over it. Two minutes later, we're on to the next challenge.

I do understand why they do it, but at the same time, if they didn't, would it really make for a boring doc? I watch a fair number of these type shows, and all of them do it. 100% of them.

OP--if you are referring to something else, enlighten us.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I understand the difference between a "Reality Show" like Survivor or American Idol and a "Documentary" like Nova, Horizon, Modern Marvels (my favorite), American Experience, or anything by Ken Burns.

What I'm complaining about are shows like
The Curse of Oak Island (TV Series 2014 (just mentioned in a different thread), a super interesting topic very poorly handled in this version.
Mega Machines (TV Series 2018

They are obvious in that they focus not on the "who, what, where, how, when, why", but the problems plaguing the users, easily viewed in commercial-delimited segments.

And just to be clear, drama and a personal touch isn't a bad thing, IE: Top Gear (and Grand Tour), have those, but they are still informative without artificial drama getting in the way.
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