We always lament the dearth of intelligent TV programming these days. It’s all one big jumble of bad reality shows, stale sitcoms and tendentious talking heads. And yet, here is a typical conversation I had with a friend today:
Must-see TV tonight, that new reality show is on. Are you gonna watch?
Oh yeah, I saw a preview. Looks like a train wreck, doesn’t it?
Yeah, I’ll probably tune in. It looks so bad it’ll probably be good for a laugh.
And there you have it. If we want trash TV off our screen, the first step is not having it on our screens in the first place. It’s so simple, which is precisely why it’s so hard.