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TV 101: Let's Make TV Like a Soccer League (Or: How To Make Trololo A Network Show!)

by Jay Black, posted Apr 1st 2010 4:07PM
Did I add a picture of Firefly to this post to make you read it? Possibly. But it also tangetially connects to the content, so please don't judge too harshly.I get YouTube videos emailed to me five or six times a day. It's gotten to the point where I've just created a canned response that says, "LOL! You were right, that was hilarious!" It makes the senders happy and keeps me sane.

It's not that I don't love my friends and relatives, I'm just tired of being burned by subpar 'AFV' clips masquerading as the new hotness of internet memes. As I get older and my time becomes more precious, I really don't want suggestions from friends - what I want is qualified editors making decisions for me.

The problem is that as media further fractures and democratizes, it gets harder and harder to find the good stuff. Thus, the more a company helps me find the good stuff, the more I'm inclined to stay with that company.

To that end, I've got an idea that'll be win all around for everybody: the Big Four Networks should adopt a league system, just like soccer.

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