The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

I wonder whether the marketing execs who work at TV stations ever bother watching their own channels. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but on the occasions that I do, it’s nice to have a reasonably decent experience. However, I feel insulted each time I sit on front of the TV, and it’s not solely due to the utterly putrid quality of programming.

I own a wristwatch. Several of them. And a clock. And a mobile which features the time. I’m sure most people in this country invested in some type of time-telling machine before they invested in a television. Yet, almost every station in the country assumes that we need to be told what the time is every thirty minutes. Why? It serves absolutely no purpose for the viewers. The worst thing is, any and every programme is interrupted at all the wrong places just to tell us the time (which we already know). I’ve seen American Idol interrupted mid-song, which is just plain ridiculous. I do realize that stations need to find means of earning revenue, but a little bit of sense needs to go into the planning.

Almost as bizarre are the constant news updates. If there is a bomb, a tsunami or some equally great catastrophe, I perfectly understand why any programme will (and indeed, should) be interrupted in order for us to be informed. But when there is nothing particularly important to tell us, do we really need to have ‘news updates’ every hour, informing us about an accident in Argentina (yes, I actually heard that) or that Marion Jones has started serving time? Most of the crap we see as news updates can wait for the main news bulletin. A station cannot be CNN and NBC at the same time, and it’s a pity they don’t realize it. Seriously – these updates serves as nothing more than bathroom breaks. I don’t want to know about accidents in Argentina, snow storms in Siberia or even who left the UNP, especially every 60 minutes. The saddest thing, I don’t think any of us even remember the sponsors of these numerous, completely unnecessary breaks.

Of course, it is impossible to do a post on Sri Lankan television without speaking about the absurd programmes on air. The quality is so low that if you took a video camera and blindly shot 22 minutes worth of footage, it stands a strong chance of being better than the local fare. On teledramas, the production quality is pathetic, as is the acting and directing. The script is almost always conspicuous by its absence, as is sense, a storyline and a coherent plot. There are several stock stories (numbering about ten) that are rehashed 200 times over. How do people watch these? Last but not the least, we have the Takaran Depaya by Sirasa. Cheap Indian melodramas and even cheaper imitates; one gets a headache just looking at those garishly made up women. In fact, most Sirasa programmes are utter rubbish, being a poor copy of Western or Indian material.

The fact that despite all this, people in this country still watch television says a lot about the sorry state affairs in this country.

8 comments:

*They remind the time on the dot but never start or end a program on time.

*If you take a 1/2 program, the actual show goes on for only 15 minutes, the rest is again ads, news highlights and timestamps :D

Takaran Depaya is right. I really cant understand why people get addicted to this stuff. They are so horrible.

I don't watch a lot of TV either. Cartoons a definite yes, and sometimes interesting documentaries. Heck those cartoons are way better than some of the crap they show he he.

Anyways, I'd rather spend whatever free time i have reading a book.

:D
Hillarious!!

But absolutely true!!

Either the people responsible for handling the tv programs are really (utterly) stupid, or they think that us viewers are utterly stupid!
Good post!

The fact that "Takaran Depaya" is so hugely popular with the majority, is a good indication of the intelligence levels of our people.

Sadly it's these very people who are also given the privilege of voting..... any surprise why this country is in such a state??

all i watch on tv now is american idol. no point watching anything else putting up with the ad breaks and everything else when pretty much everything is available on DVD. what's worse is the stupid blurring everytime a puff of smoke or a glass of alcohol is shown on screen. you have to guess what happens on screen while listening to the dialogs. honestly!! there's no end to stupidity...

I watch TV quite a lot over here, but when I'm in SL I rarely switch it on as there really is nothing worth watching. I'm better off reading a book than watching the garbage that comes on there.

Watch out for Channel ONE and Sirasa "Breaking News Alerts"
if you see uselessly trivial news items being broken as breaking news...its only because the future today company is paying a bucketload of money to sponsor it...even if there IS news or ISN'T...the breaking must go on... (20 times a month or something)

Quite true.
One of my taxi drivers won the first prize of the Sirasa Ran Depeya quiz sometime ago and became the proud owner of a fully furnished 2-storey luxury house worth over 10.2 million Sri Lankan rupees with 24-hour security & free family memberships for a pool and a gym! So these incentives in a way must be keeping some sections of the viewers interested.

Sigh... I now resort to DVD's and torrent downloads. Not only do I get uninterrupted entertainment, I get it as and when I want...

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