PAX TV******Aug. 11,1999****** How to prepare for Y2Kgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
This must be part 2. Tonight PAX channel 10:00pm CST..."How to Prepare Your Family for Y2K..Survival" It's a hour.
-- quietly (email@example.com), August 11, 1999
what is the PAX channel?
-- Michael Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 11, 1999.
Michael, I'm not sure what the PAX channel is. In Houston it's a regular channel (not cable). It's call letters are PAX, so if you see something like that in you area that's it.
Anyone know what PAX is?
-- quietly (email@example.com), August 11, 1999.
PAX is similar to the old "Family Channel" (which Fox acquired a while back and is now called "Fox Family".) PAX does some original programming, along with carrying syndication of shows like "Dr. Quinn", "Touched by an Angel", and "Diagnosis: Murder".
Here's their home page (where you look at their lineup and locate your local station): PAX TV
-- Mac (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 11, 1999.
Just looked and it's on here in the Boston area at 11:00 pm. Station listed as WABU in cable guide - which is PAX is says?
-- flb (email@example.com), August 11, 1999.
I watched the show and it was, in my opinion, nothing more than a shameless attempt at marketing using fearmongering for particular name brand survival gear companies. They give dangerous advice on the stock market and "diversification" of your portfolio, which means buy gold and silver.
This one sided Y2K program is aimed directly at making money and they never give any real evidence that Y2K failures are imminent at this point, just a hundred fifty or so days away from the New Years. It is very dependent on scary, biblical themes that provoke the viewer to rely on what this producers of the program report and never give the audience that thinking for themselves about Y2K is the best bet. Again, just a shamless scheme that you can own in your own home for just $19.95 (+S&H) on video. But if you want the fancy stove and the little thermos sized bottle of fuel you have to shell out $189.99.
Interesting note: The host of the show did most of his monologue in a survival store. I wonder which one? I wonder which store would be interested in making a video? There was an awful lot of camping equipment laying around the scenes. In ALL the homes, whenever someone was talking there was some name brand gadet right behind the speakers head. Coincidence? I think not. Anyway, it was just a couple of many subtle advertising ploys I picked up on.
Every guest speaker had a book or video for sale, by the way.
-- (Nah@ Don't believe the. hypesters), August 11, 1999.
I totally DISAGREE with "Nah." I thought the program was excellent. There was nothing in there to scare anyone. In fact, the opposite was true. Almost every speaker said that panic was counter-productive, and that a prepared person had NO reason to panic. They stressed that we should be prepared for ANY emergency- natural or man made.
This was a video I wouldn't be embarrassed to show anyone I know. Family, friends, neighbors... anyone could benefit from it. Watch it if you get the chance and decide for yourself. The items you could buy were presented during advertisements. (It's amazing that "Nah" didn't complain about the hair care products, car ads, etc. that were also advertised.)
-- Gayla (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 12, 1999.
Anyway, it was just a couple of many subtle advertising ploys I picked up on.
No, your wrong I did mention them, at least in a general way. But I'm glad you decided to point out a few others.
-- (Nah @ These guys are. salesmen), August 12, 1999.