Seek Objectivity in Program Guide Summaries

Stop Program Guide Bias
Welcome to part five in series that uncovers a lack of neutrality in EPG descriptions, as furnished by some metadata vendors. We have been providing coverage of this critical issue since last year.

Please see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Viewers should receive effectively communicative synopses of their favorite TV shows and movies that are free from the bias of an anonymous, unknown writer who may be inserting his or her opinions on the programming – opinions that may not be in line with the person watching.

Instead, some metadata suppliers are keen to influence viewers with editorialized summaries that are routinely rude and ridiculous.

Let’s review the evidence.

Heaven’s Gate

Michael Cimino’s overbudgeted, overlong epic about the cattle wars in 1890s Johnson County, Wyo.


Predictable adventure about a massive asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and the experts trying to avert the disaster.

Jersey Girl

A widowed ex-publicist (Ben Affleck) devotes his life to his young daughter (Raquel Castro) in this schmaltzy, surprisingly benign comedy-drama from writer-director Kevin Smith.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Nicholas cage returns in this formulaic sequel about a race to find an ancient city of gold.

The Astronaut’s Wife

A woman grows suspicious of her astronaut husband, who acts strangely after a space mission. The film suffers from a slow pace and stiff dialogue.

Brown Sugar

Thoughtful but rather bland romantic comedy about a hip-hop producer (Taye Diggs) and a music journalist (Sanaa Lathan) who find their long-time friendship evolving into romance. Mos Def and Queen Latifah costar in roles that deserved more screen time.


Mario Van Peebles’ compelling but jumbled history lesson on the Black Panthers, who rose to prominence in the ‘60s.

The Legend of Bagger Vance

A mysterious caddy (Will Smith) helps a once-promising golfer (Matt Damon) regain his magic touch. Director Robert Redford’s fable has lovely visuals but a clichéd script.

It’s abundantly clear that the thoughts of a nameless, faceless writer in regards to the quality of cinematic content are unnecessary and unwanted by viewers.

Ensure that the metadata used in your on-screen guides, streaming apps and websites has a neutral perspective.

Author: Brian Cameron

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