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Posted on Woodworkers Against the PBS show "American Woodshop"

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 11:00 PM

Thanks for the mention guys. I really appreciate it.

I have a food for thought question. At what point do we stop looking toward TV for our quality niche content? For years now, woodworking programming has taken a backseat to what I like to call the “least common denominator shows”. Each year the options are fewer and fewer and if any shows are aired at all, they are in very specific markets, so most of us can’t even see them.

With the growth of the internet woodworking community over the past 3-4 years, I am having less and less of a need or desire for woodworking programming on my television. I am even having trouble deciding what advantages it might offer me. Its less flexible and I have to watch what they want to show me. Ok, so the picture is really big…. lol. But there are many ways to get your favorite web videos onto your television for viewing. More and more though, I find myself watching all my videos right at the computer or on my iPhone. Ain’t technology great?

So why watch the chosen few that PBS deems worthy of being on television (with all due respect to Scott Phillips and Norm), when I can watch guys like Charles Neal, Tommy, Todd, Matt V, Shannon, Denis, and numerous other “real” LumberJocks doing real projects, fixing real mistakes. Add to that the option to actually speak with these people about their craft in real time, and you’ve got TV beat hands down.

So I may be a little biased in my opinions, for obvious reasons. But I am a consumer of this stuff just like you guys. And in my house, the TV is for watching movies and cooking shows ( I love BBQ shows! lol). Everything else is on the computer or a portable media device. The whole thing became a lot less frustrating when I stopped expecting the TV to give me something it clearly wasn’t interested in providing. :)

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