What has happened to televison? I'll tell you what has happened; 'We' happened. We've gotten lazy. We see TV only as a source of cheap, lazy amusement. We don't like to be challenged by TV whether it be drama, comedy or current affairs.
Reality TV has had a big hand in it. It's devasted the attention span and standards of the public and so now every few weeks we're hijacked by pathetic wanna-bes or 'Never-were' 'Z-listers' who are given a public forum to make asses of themselves for our 'amusement'. Of course, given our sandwished location in Ireland we get crap from all sides as well as from home. Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, X-Factor, American Idol, Celebrity Love Island, I'm a Celbrity..., Celebrity Jigs n Reels, Celebrity Farm, EuroStar, Celbrity Eurostar, Temptation Island, the Osbournes, Newly Weds, The Simple Life, The Apprentice, The Apprentice UK, Paradise Hotel etc. etc. There's also Punk'd, Jerry Springer, Ricky Lake etc. quasi-reality shows.
And what about soaps? Starting at 6.30pm every weekday my TV is taken hostage by Home and Away, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Eastenders and Fair City, pretty much one after the other.And even if you don't watch them, you can't escape, because they're all over the news and radio. People gossip about them! I've sat, bewildered, and listened to women at work, in their early 20s, gossip about relationships on Coronation Street as if they were real and impacted on their lives.
And as for our American friends, where shows like Will & Grace and Charmed can get 8 seasons each whilst shows like Arrested Development, Alias, Family Guy, Futurama etc. struggle to survive for a couple of seasons. People, admitting that Will & Grace is not funny does not make you a Homo-phobe, so it's ok to stop watching!
We need to rise up and reclaim television. We live in a world where shows like the ones above thrive. We don't have to take this crap, Christ! it makes us look bad. People, it's time to take some responsibility and think about the consequences everytime we sit down to watch something on TV.