Taste of no return
Posted by aogFriday, 07 March 2008 at 08:41 TrackBack Ping URL

The Wall Street Journal had a recent article about the increasing vulgarity of network TV. While I am sure that the ideological views of Hollywood “creative people” plays a factor, the claim is made that such fare brings in higher ratings. What I wonder is if we haven’t reached a tipping point, where the reaction of any one offended by this is not to protest but to simply stop watching. That’s what we did, many years ago. The “higher ratings”, rather than being absolutely higher, could be just a local halt in an otherwise general decline. You can see the vicious cycle, a tragedy of the commons effect, where each show can locally win, but only by contributing to the overall decline in a race to the bottom. Kind of like the current Democratic Party.

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cjm Saturday, 08 March 2008 at 11:55

everyone fighting for a bigger slice of a shrinking pie. economic theory doesn’t ever seem to account for nihlism trumping financial self-interest.

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