So, of course, I had to watch the premiere tonight. I even taped it, just in case they mention my site before getting the release back from me.
My GOD, it's horrible.
There's no flow to the show -- the hosts barely hold the show together, and they argue and joke about the stupidest things. I read their press release, I know that they brought in talented individuals to host the show, but, man, they're bad.
On top of that (and this is splitting hairs), it's painfully obvious they have no technical knowledge whatsoever. It doesn't take much tech brains to joke about websites, but they made stupid jokes about viewing MPEGs. Know what? Half the things they called MPEGs are really Flash animations. Check the Bacon Bits part here - they specifically say MPEG, but there's no damn MPEG there. Only Flash. At the very least, Macromedia would LOVE to pay money for that sort of advertising. The Ballet video they refer to as a MPEG is also not an MPEG - it's a MOV. Dropping strange acronyms must make the Sklar Brothers feel smart or something.
The few actual MPEG-ish videos that they did show aren't linked on their website. And, IMHO, they seemed contrived and deliberately filmed for the benefit of the viewer. The camera angle of the police video was all wrong, and the pizza delivery guy was standing in an unnatural position in order to be seen better by the camera. Did the Dot Comedy guys film them just to waste time on the show?
Next, and the ignorance here almost makes me ill, was the big deal they made over rubberburner.com. The female host put on an unconvincing and forced attempt at acting turned on by Curry, but not once did they mention the fact that Curry (and his counterpart Super Greg) are marketing madness designed by Lee Jeans. THEY DON'T EXIST. Either Dot Comedy thought it funny to pretend this guy really existed, or their factfinders just don't know what they're doing, but f*ck, it was really bad. BAD. Bad. And not funny.
Less significant is this: Most of the sites they talked about are commercial sites. They aren't spontaneously funny - they're designed to make us laugh in the interest of making money. There's plenty of non-commercial humor out there.
I will, however, compliment the field reporter - her visit with the air-sickness bag guy was actually quite good. It had pacing, it had humour, she made it funny without being mean to the guy. I'd be happy if she came to interview me; I'd take her shopping!
However, if those fact-finders who missed the Lee Jeans ad thing get their act in gear, I doubt I'm gonna be on their stupid show. First, I didn't sign their ill-conceived release, and, second, if they take the time to research me, they'll find this poor review. Eh, that's okay, I guess.