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We all know from the movie Contact that Earthly television signals have been broadcast into space ever since Hitler transmitted them from the Olympic games in the 1930s. Theoretically, electromagnetic television waves can travel through space indefinitely, although only at the speed of light, and they can be distorted beyond recognition by gravity and other interference. But the galaxy is a big, open space, and if an alien technology in the nearby* vicinity has the technology to look for weak signals, then it is perfectly possible that they are going to be enjoying some pretty damn good television in the next few years.

*within 50 light years, or so.

Someone created this fine chart to help us imagine their upcoming fall schedules:

They're gonna love Saved By the Bell!

The charms of Seinfeld might be lost on any alien civilization. Friends probably wasn’t worth the effort in hindsight. The original Star Trek is going to be embarrassingly laughable, most likely. And Twin Peaks is really gonna confuse the hell out of them and their understanding of humanity in general.

Which brings up the point: should we be broadcasting new television shows created especially for the aliens? The advertising returns probably wouldn’t be very lucrative, but maybe we could send out something to paint a rosier picture and to help them more accurately understand what we humans are all about? Oh wait, Germany already tried that. With naked people. Maybe Germany should just stop broadcasting stuff altogether from now on.

It’s astounding to realize that something we humans created is currently available to be viewed 65 light years away from Earth. That’s like 382,000,000,000,000 miles from here. That makes the sphere of human influence to be something like 230,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 cubic miles. That’s pretty super awesome of us.

It’s just too bad we don’t have the technology to outrun the electromagnetic waves in order to block the aliens from ever having to watch an episode of Home Improvement. Because if anything’s going to make them hostile toward humans…

Regardless, whatever the aliens are watching now is probably pretty effing awesome.


 

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