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Subject: Re: How political-correctness ruined the Pirelli calendar
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From: "Mayayana" <mayayana@invalid.nospam>
Subject: Re: How political-correctness ruined the Pirelli calendar
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:12:44 -0500
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"Savageduck" <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}> wrote

| Rather than two kidsdressed up as royalty I would recommend watching "Wolf
| Hall" which will give you an interesting look into Tudor politics, and is
| much better than any of the pablum US networks produce.

  Wolf Hall? I should note that I only have broadcast
TV and Netflix discs, along with the library. No Hulu.
no HBO, etc.

| >    I criticize them because they're really no better
| > than American daytime soaps. But they're considered
| > higher quality simply because they're British.
| Actually they are far better than American daytime soaps, with far 
| acting and production values.
| It sounds as if your particular prejudices have oozed into your TV 
    Anti-Brit prejudice? Hardly. It's not that I'm anti-Brit.
It's that many educated Americans tend to valorize
British culture, assigning an intellectual brilliance to
Britishness itself.

   Something like Downton Abbey is a soap opera.
The actors might be better and the production might
be better, but the story is still just emotional
masturbation. If it were not British it would not
be on PBS.

    But I have to admit it's not as
bad as what I see on American network TV these
days. It seems like every show involves attractive
20-somethings who are cops of some kind, hunting
down a serial killer. Or attractive 20-somethings who
live in some kind of alternate reality, magical kingdom,
alien world.... I can't tell.... and spend most of their
time zapping each other with spells, rayguns, or
some such. No character development.