Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cable TV reaches new low with “child psychics”

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Just when you think cable programming can’t get any worse, here comes A&E with a show that guarantees, not merely pointlessness, but outrage. Get a look at their latest show, the ever-nauseatingly titled Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, where kids who are deluded into thinking they have magic powers are then grouped up with a professional charlatan who then acts as though they were “coaching” kids in using their psychic powers.

(Oddly enough, the two highest-rated YouTube comments as I write this are one decrying this crap and another one praising it. Mixed signals.)

PZ Myers has some more info on the nature of this garbage and what you can do to try and stop it. This sort of crap is easily worse than all of those ghost hunting shows that fester on Discovery and History channels put together – at least they don’t act as a thin cloak for deliberate child brainwashing.

(via Pharyngula)