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Shark Week Once Mattered; Now It's a Joke

Shark Week Once Mattered; Now It's a Joke
Posted August 8th, 2013 @ 2:05pm by John Johnson, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– The Discovery Channel's Shark Week is under way again, but it can't end soon enough for Alan Yuhas at the Guardian. Discovery now prefers schlock to science, as evidenced by the fictional documentaryMegalodon: The Monster Shark Lives that kicked off this year's festivities. When it began 20-plus years ago, Shark Week actually served a useful purpose in educating people about sharks and marine biology. Now, it's a joke. "Discovery made its name as a champion for science, but it's been abandoning that mission for years," complains Yuhas.

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