Saturday, April 30, 2011

look at this: I think it's gone sceptic

You'll recall I provided a few links to Robert Llewellyn's Carpool a while back - I've caught a few of the shows following its transition to full-blown TV series on Dave as well, and the respective guest lists provide a poignant illustration of what can be achieved when just doing what seems interesting on the web, and what happens when the suits get involved and you have to consider what is going to appeal to your "core target demographic" and loathsome phrases like that.

Basically the web series had a few of Llewellyn's comedy buddies but also lots of interesting sceptical and scientific types as well, plus a few random other people. The TV series, on the other hand, seems to be exclusively assorted comedy hacks, none of whom I have any personal animosity towards, but there is a limited amount of interest in hearing a load of comedy showbiz anecdotes again and again.

As an antidote to that deplorable dumbing-down here's the totally awesome Rebecca Watson, head honcho of the equally awesome Skepchick, in passenger-seat-based conversation from back in 2009.

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