When I try to look at this positively, I tell myself that this is just a discrepancy between perception and reality. Programming has been in a
snowballing descent, especially within the past few years. And most apparently, within the past two. Everything has become so homogenized. Channels
that used to carry educational programs now carry "reality" shows or "shark week" and so forth. Viewership is akin to being entertained by gladiators
or strolling into the town square for a good lynching.
Shows that are touted as "number 1" have me frozen in an expression of astonishment. This reality can't be real, can it? Apparently so. But I'd also
like to think that perhaps what we are being told is not the truth. For example... 3 1/2 - or is it - 2 1/2 men is the "top rated" comedy. Yet there
are even professional comedians discussing this, baffled and trying to understand why and how that is possible. Are we just being told
stats? So then whatever the media tells us about what is popular is peddled as truth (and boy are we hit over the head with it), while in reality,
very few people are fans.
Same with movies. Beverly Hills Chihuahua was, I believe, the top grossing film for a spell. How can that be? Well, perhaps people just want an
escape and want to go to a movie so badly, that the bar is set lower and lower... and people may not truly enjoy it, but the numbers say something
different. I have noticed people "excusing" the quality of things recently, and that is a disturbing trend. Because once companies get wind of that,
they will attempt to give you much less for much more.
A majority of the programming today, be it sitcom, news interview, documentary, tv mystery, reality show.... are so pathetic, nay, egregious at times,
that my brain will not allow me to accept that people would actively seek out these shallow, empty, diversions... and then talk about it amongst
friends. I know who the Kardashians are, and I don't even know how or why I know that. I know that an undiscriminating public with very low
expectations have made them ultra rich. For... why again? If this type of viral oversaturation was happening with a program such as Cosmos, we would
be in a very different place, my friends.
And as another poster noted, the only solution at this late stage is to STOP WATCHING. Stop watching and stop paying these nobodies to live out
inconsequential and primitive dramas in front of a cheering crowd of Americans. Stop paying these celebrities because you need to know what their new
hairdo looks like. Stop absorbing so much homogenized goo before we pass the point of no return. Yes, it's feels awkward at first, because many are so
used to the constant drone of the tv, whether it is constantly being watched or not. But I assure you, it is watching you.
If profits wane, changes WILL occur. But as long as the public continues to patronize and accept bad movies, bad tv, bad news, bad video games - the
situation will only become more claustrophobic and dire.
ETA: The last commercial program I watched regularly was LOST. And I was appalled by the fact that in an hour long show, 20 minutes of it was
advertising. 20 MINUTES! NO! Not acceptable! Cable television used to be ad free... because you paid for it. Now you pay a great deal more for it, AND
have to sit through piles of mind numbing ads. Even ads have become stupider and homogenous!
edit on 7/25/2012 by HolographicPrincipal because: rant