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Two Decades of Sleaze

It’s that box you love to hate: your television set.

Start up a conversation about how bad television is these days, and you’re sure to be the hit of the party, surrounded by people who agree with you unconditionally, regardless of the fact that most people have more than one of them in their home and that some research suggests that the average person watches 8 hours of it a day.

Yet despite all of the agreement on how little “quality programming” there is these days, talk show host Jerry Springer is celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Jerry Springer Show.  And his show is sold through 2014.

How, in a world where everyone seems to be in complete agreement about how bad things are on the tube, can what is arguably one of the worst shows on the air have possibly reached twenty years on the air?

Methinks some viewers do protest too much.

3 Comments

  1. Just because people find something to be "wrong" and "waste of time" doesn't mean they're not going to watch it.

    Exactly right, Mika.

    The trouble is, our system guarantees, then, that those are the programs will not only stay on the air, but that more just like them will be on the drawing board.

    The viewers need to either be willing to practice what they preach, or come up with a different sermon! 🙂

  2. Just because people find something to be "wrong" and "waste of time" doesn't mean they're not going to watch it. It's like passing a car crash in traffic; one slows down because one wants to see if there are any bloodied corpses visible, but officially, were anyone to ask, one would naturally speak only to the terrible loss that must have occurred.

    1. Just because people find something to be "wrong" and "waste of time" doesn't mean they're not going to watch it.Exactly right, Mika.The trouble is, our system guarantees, then, that those are the programs will not only stay on the air, but that more just like them will be on the drawing board.The viewers need to either be willing to practice what they preach, or come up with a different sermon! 🙂

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