Thursday, December 18, 2008

The "green" movement and warning-I'm a bit moody, lol

Not long ago, our cable company got a new channel, all supporting this big "green" movement that's become so trendy. Yes I said it, TRENDY. It's the new "in" thing to do, and watching this channel proves it. I've watched a few different programs, and they're all basically the same. One shows people building "green" homes that are so far beyond any real budget, it's rediculous. Another follows people around, goes through their garbage and looks at their appliances. A few CFL bulbs, a recycle bin, maybe a dual flush toilet, and a $3000 washing machine and taaaaaaaaa daaaaaaaaa, they're "green". The best one yet is a cooking show that uses the ingredients all from an overpriced health food store. I watched ONE good program on a couple who built a home out in the middle of nowhere and planned to be self suffiecint.....well.....that lasted one episode. This channel is a joke to anyone that doesn't live outside LA or San Francisco. The most these programs EVER show is how to save a few bucks on a utility bill. They all go solar to some extent or another, but still keep all the same frivilous gadgets, gizmos, electronics, and appliances they had before. The only difference is their electric bill, and the hundreds of thousands they owe to contractors.........................
So here is my question. Where is the channel or programs for the rest of us? Where is the backyard chicken special? Where is the vegetable gardening program? (one that doesn't involve anal-retentive "master" gardeners who test the soil more often than a $%^! fish tank) Where are the rest of the shows on living simpler, making your own clothes, raising animals, preparedness, canning, hunting (and not the "oh boy I got a 12 point, what a trophy" kind of mentality), and all the other things that we all do? We won't see 'em. Simply because people that give these channels the ratings are the kind that wouldn't do such things. What?? Get dirty? Get up at 5am to feed chickens? Grow my own vegetables? I'll miss my favorite rerun of Seinfeld!! They wouldnt watch a show on choosing the right breed of chicken, but by god run something on electric cars and they are all over it. Imagine the droves of electric cars running to the mall and Starbucks, all of them smiling from ear to ear over how "green" they are........ We're solar now! Lets go ahead and get that 60" plasma tv that costs more than the neighbors car! Yea!.........it's pitiful.
I looked all over for a feedback section of this channel's website, but of course there isn't one. Maybe I should just start my own channel and make my own programs....Appliance Intervention, episode 1, pilot-Susy is a 38 year old wife and mother of 3, and she is addicted to the microwave and frozen food. I sit down with the family and tell them of dreamy things like fresh cooked food and things that aren't wrapped in plastic. Suzy walks into the room see's the people, and asks whats going on......................you get the picture, lol.

5 comments:

DivaHick said...

Amen brother.

Patrice Farmer said...

I love Planet Green but I could never ever live that way...its more fantasy...and I saw that one on that guy living out in the boonies with his family and I waited to see if they were chronicle the rest of his life and they didn't. I was disappointed but they do have a good show Total Wrecklamation in which she sells off things in a house before it gets torn down, I like that show. But my question is...since when was Emeril Green???

Chris W said...

That Emreil show has been on there for a few months. I seriously doubt he's "green" at all, but the show revolves around produce purchased at Whole Foods, which is a BIG health food grocery chain. My guess is since the show takes place in one of their stores, and they use totally their products, that the chain is paying bookoo bucks to the channel. All it is, is advertising, plain and simple. Take a name like Emeril and associate it with your store, and you have instant sales...add in the "green" label and it's even more.
I wonder if Save-A-Lot would pay Lisa to do a show with their groceries and a few days worth of leftovers???? hahahahaha
That Total Wrecklimation show really isn't a new concept. I know contractors that have done that for years. Someone local bought an old house near the university after renting it for a while. Turns out the whole thing was trimmed inside with black walnut, every inch of the house. He made enough selling that lumber to pay off the house, remodel it, and pocket a few bucks.

FarmerGeek said...

WooHoo, public access, here comes Chris!

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

I'd watch it!

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