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    Unhappy The Death Of Saturday Morning Cartoons

    ...this has been said for the past decade, but now we can say with absolute certainty that Saturday morning cartoons are completely dead. They have been slowly dying since the late 90's, but there were a few gems amongst the wealth of cheaply animated flash or CGI cartoons. But inevitably there would come a day when the flash cartoons, CGI imports, and streaming services would completely kill Saturday morning cartoons, that day has come. While Saturday morning cartoons may still exist in some countries (Australia and England are still going strong last I knew), in america they have widely been wiped out. Just 20 years ago, children would wake up at 7:00am, run downstairs and get some soda and chips, and then sit for hours on end watching mindless TV until the 12:00pm news came on. Nowadays they sleep till 12:00pm, grab some kale chips or whatever the hell kids eat, and stare at a small screen and watch youtube and play freemium games until their phones run out of charge and quit working. If this is where the american population is heading, I am truly scared for our future, I'm not even joking around.

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    That's not just true of cartoons... Broadcast TV is circling the drain, and quickly.

    Everything is getting monetized, and advertising dollars getting so fragmented that over the air TV isn't going to be a paying proposition for much longer. Sports is rapidly going to cable channels, there are precious few network series. About the only things left are talk shows, infomercials, and cheap-to-produce reality shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitterdafoxy View Post
    ...this has been said for the past decade, but now we can say with absolute certainty that Saturday morning cartoons are completely dead. They have been slowly dying since the late 90's, but there were a few gems amongst the wealth of cheaply animated flash or CGI cartoons. But inevitably there would come a day when the flash cartoons, CGI imports, and streaming services would completely kill Saturday morning cartoons, that day has come. While Saturday morning cartoons may still exist in some countries (Australia and England are still going strong last I knew), in america they have widely been wiped out. Just 20 years ago, children would wake up at 7:00am, run downstairs and get some soda and chips, and then sit for hours on end watching mindless TV until the 12:00pm news came on. Nowadays they sleep till 12:00pm, grab some kale chips or whatever the hell kids eat, and stare at a small screen and watch youtube and play freemium games until their phones run out of charge and quit working. If this is where the american population is heading, I am truly scared for our future, I'm not even joking around.
    That seems like sortof a generational stereotype. Just because kids of this generation are not growing up with Saturday morning cartoons does not mean society is going to deteriorate to a point of mass chaos. If you look at it from a different perspective, when you were a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons, there was probably someone from an older generation looking at you and thinking the exact same thing. Every generation is going to evolve and change whether we like it or not.

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    Times change. Some things are lost, some things are gained.

    Television as we know it is, in my opinion, on its way out. From an objective standpoint, the internet provides a much better way to distribute media, and being able to specifically pick what you want to watch rather than be tied to some schedule seems a no-brainier. The bandwidth is there, the hardware is cheap, the only reason cable TV is still a thing is that there is a huge industry with a vested interest in holding off progress in this area as long as possible. Big media has been doing everything in their power to crush this new model, but it's a losing battle and at this point it's just a matter of time. The same companies who have been trying to crush netflix for years are now spinning up their own competing services because they see it coming.

    The question becomes, is this a good thing? As a geek, I generally think so. As a distribution platform, the internet is much more accessible. Television is controlled by a relatively small group of people, whereas anyone can post anything on the internet.

    The only thing I'll miss is the lazy experience of watching "whatever's on". The internet really doesn't replicate that experience yet. You can't just turn it on, sit back, and absorb whatever happens to be on some broadly grouped theme channel. You can't really do that with cable now as it's 90% crap, but I really miss that experience from growing up. You could put on comedy or history or discovery and it would probably be something interesting (now you just get reality TV dreck for all 3). Maybe some day some internet based service will provide something similar. No reason they couldn't, I just don't think anyone has yet.

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    It is sad but the poster above me has a good point. When I was a kid my mom hated the fact that I watched cartoons, she said it was all mindless crap.

    So each generation has and always will think the next generation is going downhill.

    BUT

    One thing that does bother me is the fact that childhood is slowly being weened out and maybe that's what the op is refering to.

    Take nickelodeon for example like 90% is geared toward teenagers, shows like 16 and pregnant are paying teenagers to basically publicize the loss of their childhoods and while that show has caused a reduction in teen pregnancy rates since it aired (they did studies) that doesn't make me any more comfortable about it.

    Kids who actually act like children are being forced onto hardcore medications to calm them down an I worked as a birthday party clown for a while and one of the worst things I noticed was most parents inability to interact with their children on a childish level.

    We've forgotten how to be kids and because of that kids are trying to grow up too fast.

    That bothers me more that the loss of cartoons. The loss of Saturday morning cartoons is a symptom of the problem.

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    I never really woke up on Saturdays to watch the shows because I never was an early bird. I always got up late around 9 or 10. But these days we have channels that show kids shows 24/7 so Saturday morning shows are useless IMO. Now channels are playing preschool shows now late in the day instead of morning.

    My mom told me when she was a kid, TV would go off air at night but now today it's on 24/7. I wonder if anyone ever had anything to say about that?

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    "telivision 24/7??? That's gosh darn rediculous!!! What do they think we are a bunch if lazy good for nothing commies? Do they think we ain't got nothing better to do in the eavining than sit around and watch the telivision? No! Night time is family time I tell ya! And for sleeping!

    Martha can you belive this?"

    "yes dear its rediculous."

    "why back in my day we wouldn't have stood for this! There woulda been riots! People marching quietly through the street to them there telivision offices and demanding, DEMANDING I tell ya that this travesty be stopped! This world is falling to prices Martha."

    "yes dear"

    "soon we won't even have teachers, just a telivision in every classroom. No more doctors eaither just telivisions. What is happening to this country Martha?"

    "I don't know dear."

    "communist. It's the commies I tell ya. "



    (this is how I imagine most of those coversations went when tv went 24/7)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    My mom told me when she was a kid, TV would go off air at night but now today it's on 24/7. I wonder if anyone ever had anything to say about that?
    I was always a late owl too, and I definitely remember a time where a lot of channels would go to color bars after around 1am (probably midnight the channels were being broadcast from). Some would just run infomercials.

    Now that I think of it, infomercials arn't the thing they used to be. There are dedicated channels for them, but it's not like "the old days" where past a certain time just about every channel ran them. Where does one find out about knives that cut through exhaust pipes and pyramid marketing schemes.. oh wait *checks email spam*.. ah progress!

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    BoundCoder's first post has presented my view better than I ever could.

    On a sleepless night or really pre-dawn hours, I looked thru the satellite TV guide and found a wasteland of endless informercials and 'shows' not worth watching. Those very few shows that I would consider, have been hacked up so badly to insert even more commercials, that they have lost any of their entertainment value.

    The same media companies that are trying to hold on to this distribution method, are squeezing the life out of it and killing it. I can't wait for the return or maybe I should say, the re-invention of entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny View Post
    It is sad but the poster above me has a good point. When I was a kid my mom hated the fact that I watched cartoons, she said it was all mindless crap.

    So each generation has and always will think the next generation is going downhill.

    BUT

    One thing that does bother me is the fact that childhood is slowly being weened out and maybe that's what the op is refering to.

    Take nickelodeon for example like 90% is geared toward teenagers, shows like 16 and pregnant are paying teenagers to basically publicize the loss of their childhoods and while that show has caused a reduction in teen pregnancy rates since it aired (they did studies) that doesn't make me any more comfortable about it.

    Kids who actually act like children are being forced onto hardcore medications to calm them down an I worked as a birthday party clown for a while and one of the worst things I noticed was most parents inability to interact with their children on a childish level.

    We've forgotten how to be kids and because of that kids are trying to grow up too fast.

    That bothers me more that the loss of cartoons. The loss of Saturday morning cartoons is a symptom of the problem.
    Yep, just what I ment, my generation (1990's) was the last decade where 7 year olds didn't want boyfriends, 8 year olds weren't playing FPS's, and nobody was in a hurry to grow up.

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