I can’t help but worry about the state of “entertainment” in our country. I know it’s all so subjective, but I’m bothered by the fact that some of the most popular programs on television provide entertainment at the expense of others. Look, I’n not above a bit of “low brow” humor from time to time, but some of this stuff…
One popular program (“Hoarders”) focuses on people who are compulsive hoarders. Some of them have had their homes condemned because the situation had gotten so bad. They always insist that there is nothing wrong. These are people who need serious treatment for a serious mental problem. They should not be put on public display for the entertainment of the masses.
Another program (there have been several, actually) looks at people (often celebrities) who are in rehab centers for drugs and/or alcohol. Once again, these are sick people trying to get well.
Of course, there are the “reality” (how “real” are they, I wonder) shows where the participants see who can get away with lying to their fellow participants the longest before getting voted or booted off. Behavior we would find reprehensible in any other context.
Well, I suppose I could go on, but I feel the entertainment value of this piece is pushing the limit. I know the solution is simply–don’t watch the stuff, which I don’t, now that I know what they are about. I just wish enough people took the same course, and then we might have some better choices.