What baby boomers learned from TV
Modern TV, according to Newsweek, has lost its edge. "The most popular shows are still crime procedurals (CSI) or soaps (Grey's Anatomy) - slick and sexy, but not about much. The reality shows American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are so retro, they're practically The Lawrence Welk Show. When The Unit or 24 does dare to focus on something like the war on terror, their take is uncritically gung-ho - no network today would risk satire on the level of M*A*S*H."
Cable is left out of this argument, but what do you think? Did Newsweek miss the entire run of The West Wing or the subtext of Ugly Betty Suarez's class struggle? Is it the big networks' job to present social satire if there's not an appetite for it? Is Newsweek's criticism valid, or is it a case of comparing apples to oranges?
If you begin to acknowledge the true landscape of television today with cable and the internet, than their argument seems naive. If you look just at the networks or what really are the most popular shows on TV, than Newsweek may have a point. Yet, do you begrudge anyone from just being entertained in this wacky, crazy world of ours? Weren't there crap shows on TV in the 60s and 70s? I don't have any answers, but I never mind contemplating the questions.