The Shame Game. Perverted Justice
) and Dateline NBC's series of To Catch A Predator
specials are of questionable-at-best morality
and have received much flak
, particularly on the part of the former party. At the Columbia Journalism review, Douglas McCollum shares the case of Louis Conradt Jr., who killed himself
upon being pounced upon by police and Dateline's cameras. McCollum also takes issue with NBC's paying of Perverted Justice for their services. And, for the other side, PJ's rebuttal.
First National Lampoon
does a "parody" of the bumps on Cartoon Network
's popular Adult Swim
programming block. Then G4's Attack of the Show responded
(and the editor of the Lampoon's site responds in the comments -- look for posts by JayPink), and then Adult Swim themselves
did on Sunday (Flash re-creation of the aired bump). Main link NSFW/those with a sense of humor
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession.
In the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s, LA's Z Channel
was a pay-TV cable channel that would play loads of esoteric films
. It'd been credited
with starting the trend of "director's cuts
", bringing passed-over directors
to the public's attention, and in some cases, was directly responsible for Oscar Nominations
-- and was basically
the work of one man, Jerry Harvey. Unfortunately, Z Channel folded shortly after Jerry Harvey killed
his wife and then himself. Xan Cassavetes' film tells
the story of Jerry Harvey and Z Channel through interviews with filmmakers and those involved, including an archival interview with Harvey himself.