Thursday, July 09, 2009

Don't Make Me Jump Off This Spaceship!

We were wondering why the SciFi Channel had just changed its name to SyFy and My Sweetie sent me this article about it.
I took offense at this part:
He told TV Week, "The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular."
Reallllly? I love sci fi, as do many of the women I know. And as the article also mentions, how do they account for the $375 million success of the last Star Trek? If they think only basement nerds went to see that movie, they would be dead wrong.
What's even stranger is they just debuted a new show "Warehouse 13" which has science fiction all over it and is one of my new favorite summer series. And I am of the "female audience."
If they had just said, "We needed a name we could trademark" I would totally get that from a business perspective, so why did they have to drag me, "the female audience" into their argument? Pffffft!


Jazz said...

Pffft indeed!!!

And c'mon sci-fy ???? What the hell does that mean? Not a damn thing.

As a sci-fi fan, I'm insulted.

geewits said...

~~It's SyFy. And how stupid is that? Big Corporate Dorks!

VioletSky said...

I am a fan of sci-fi who is of the womanly persuasion, too. I am, however, not a fan of things spelled wrong for no apparent reason. That actually makes it seem more nerdish and juvenile.

Mr. Jazz said...

Sigh! Fye!

ticknart said...

When I found out about the change I was pissed because I just know they're going to lose the insane, fun science fiction shows and mini-series and movies. Sure, it'll be a slow change, but it'll happen. Eventually it'll look like every other cable channel out there that used to have an identity but decided to "broaden" their fan-base.

I do not look forward to the day that SyFy starts showing reruns of That 70's Show rather than Buck Rogers.

Carole said...

Those execs over at Sci-Fi (it will always be Sci-Fi to me) are totally out of touch. Don't they know that geeks and nerds ARE the new cool?

Alas, I believe Ticknart to be right on target. I don't want any more broadening. I want my own little niche!

geewits said...

~~No kidding! SyFy???

Mr. Jazz,
~~Hee hee!

~~I'm glad you came by for this because I was thinking about you the whole time. I had a feeling you wouldn't like it either.

~~I LOVE that:
geeks and nerds ARE the new cool

Daryl said...

I am with you on this ... silly rationale ... SciFi rocks .. Syfy looks very ... fey

geewits said...

~~Heh heh,...fey. That's good!