I'm getting excited by INdTV. They're looking for indie producer-types, comfortable on-camera, with a documentary/comedy vibe. Uhh, hello? Like, umm, hello?

Umm, helloooooo? A-doy much? Drrrrrrrr...... (farting noise) Yeah, umm, hi.

Why TV sucks.

September 29, 2004 at 03:00 AM in Revelations Regarding Life, the Universe, and Crap | Permalink


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too bad you have be an american. :( count me out.

Posted by: Duncan at Sep 29, 2004 10:59:29 AM

Off topic:
I just want to point out that this blog suffers from the nasty Windows Internet Explorer "peekaboo" bug - that is, some of the text is invisible until the page is scrolled down and up again. The bug only shows up on Win IE; users of non-shitty browsers won't notice anything amiss. I'm writing this in comments rather than email so that others can confirm that it's not just me.

Posted by: Graeme at Sep 29, 2004 11:45:51 AM

I think you're right... Crystal has mentioned this before, although I think she switched to Firebird. :-)

I'm not sure if it's TypePad or something I did in my stylesheet.

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 29, 2004 2:13:23 PM

Easy fix. Just add the following line to your stylesheet:

#center {border:1px solid #EEEEEE}

That puts an invisible border around the center content box, and as a side effect, solves the peekaboo problem. I don't know why it works. It just does.

Posted by: Ian at Sep 29, 2004 2:50:41 PM

Oh, sweet -- I'll try that. Thanks!

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 29, 2004 3:43:48 PM

Duncan - their vlog now sez:

"Our goal is not to hire only Americans. We're open to all comers and are encouraging folks from everywhere to apply. "

Posted by: Chuck at Sep 29, 2004 9:03:04 PM

There are two things that I know:

1. The current political system is a farce and four more years with G.W. is going to kill America.
2. Most peoples thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc... are delivered to them by popular media, the same media that sponsors, supports, funds and is in turn, run by, the same people that put G.W. in office.

I will do WHATEVER I can to change the current political system and/or change how information is shared across the airwaves.

Posted by: Vince at Oct 8, 2004 12:54:54 AM

Hey Folks,

One anonymous response gets another, huh? Hey Joel, I know that drives ya crazy but given that I'm not one of the coverted, what's the trucker hat saying? "Y'ALL FUCK Y'ALL" Guess I was, like you were this morning or eight weeks ago when that letter was composed, "emboldened" tell 'yall how I really think. Quick, shut down the blog before I post this! (Why do I have a feeling someone already has...???)

I was SO NOT impressed by your ill timed rejection letter: nothing like getting a big fat no in your email two days before T-Day. But timing doesn't seem to be INdTV's forte. In its higher than thou tone, you've confirmed my belief that you've all got your thumbs up your butts. (Or, young boys' butts, in one person's case.) The sloth-like quality of your response, the casual feeding of dribs and drabs of information, the tiresome liberal vibe... and oh, yes, lest we forget, the hints of draconian iron fisted Bushiness: "We're not capable of making sexist remarks! We're not the party that gave the world a blow-job receiving, lying--albeit sax playing, charismatic--Pres." The sum of all this passive-aggressive degrading bull shit leaves me... COLD.

Your tepid "offer" well, folks, again, I'd have to refer to you (see above, "'Y'ALL FUCK Y'ALL") I regret to inform you that my application is the last you'll ever hear of me. If you think you're going to snare me with any more free work, ideas or energy, guess again. This whole "process" has been a joke, a transparent effort to enroll people in an as yet non-existent tv station? a blog? whatever. Besides, "participation" in something that already seems ill-defined and badly managed--boy, you've just briliantly created a whole lotta ill will amongst 1950 people without really much effort--is an invitation to what? Waiting nine monthes to hear if a story is a "good fit" for your crack Teen People marketing team to sell with a Wella Balsam commercial?

I am particularly (UN) impressed by the missive's Time INC corporate speak. Well, not quite typical. A cross between Mr. Rogers (or was that Mr. Den?), Seasame Street and the Defense Department. If nothing else is obvious in the land of vague, someone's read Dr. Spock and The Drama of the Gifted Child VERY CLOSELY... oops, maybe SHE IS a gifted chil'? The smarmy tone of condescension, vague encouragement (me thinks SOMEONE'S a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, given all of the subtextual golden ticket references encoded in the endless endlessness of "the process" or is it too many EST sessions? well, Erner Werhard did start in the Bay Area, likewise Jim Jones, acid reflux and the end of the democratic party as it was known: thks Gavin), the clueless management of an application process. Encouraging "participation" probably wasn't such a good idea. A cooler, more discrete approach might have worked in the long run but y'all were so intent on secretly "overseeing" (see below, "massah") and feeding off the applications and all the furor you managed to create that you forgot... we might be the audience you're not gonna get.

BTW, for all your talk about "democratizing" TV, you seem not to grasp a fundamental quality about TV: it's a mass medium, ergo it thrives-- survives, as I suspect INdTV won't, once it's blown through all that CalPer $$$ (shades of Salon.com? "please, Massah, just one more dolah an' I'll get outta the red, ah I promise!")--on reaching as many people as possible. Which, NEWS FLASH, means that so many of your high-minded intentions will be jettisoned very quickly and all those pretty Benneton DigiCorrespondants will flee the ship, as the elitist ship indee sinks into the fathoms of mediocrity. Oh, it's already licking at the shores....

Kindest PERSONAL regards,

ain't viewin' ya,
ain't helpin' ya,
ain't namin' ya,
ain't smellin' ya...
eeuw. that's a hint of the really bad taste you left in my mouth.

Posted by: Charlie Rose at Nov 25, 2004 11:00:16 AM

Who are you talking to???

Posted by: Jonathan at Nov 25, 2004 12:27:48 PM

The unofficial INDTV website that was located at geekrolling.com does not
exist today. I am seeking Adrian's new website and am totally at a loss.
What is the location of the new website ????????

Posted by: Akme at Dec 17, 2004 2:56:53 PM

I know, I'm in the same boat... I went to the new web site once, so it must be in my browser history. I'll try to find it and let you know...

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 17, 2004 3:43:25 PM

Thanks Chuck.
I look forward to getting back there.
Are we being hacked?

Posted by: Akme at Dec 17, 2004 3:57:35 PM

Thanks Chuck.
I look forward to getting back there.
Are we being hacked?

Posted by: Akme at Dec 17, 2004 3:58:10 PM