Well and the other thing is that as easy as it would be to blame it all on "the media", "the corporations" or "the big guys", to do so would be an endorsement of supply side economics, which we all know is bunk. Television shows aren't made if people won't watch them. Nothing is forced down our throats. We take all the Honey Boo-Boos and American Dance-Offs and Great Survivor Races willingly, right along with the same six mundane stories about weather, war in the Middle East, peace in the Middle East, gas prices, police blotters and high school football.
It all comes down to the fact that media is a for-profit enterprise. If you run the stories that the people want to hear, you have to first define who "the people" are. Then you have to decide what stories are worth people hearing, which is a subjective process no matter how hard you try. Then, once you've decided who your audience is and what you're going to tell them, you have to pay for it. Which means you have to get the money from somewhere, and let me tell ya, those advertisers are only going to invest (that's what they're doing: investing) in a sure thing. And Violence, War, Sports, Train-Wreck TV, and our insane fascination with gas prices are where the money is.
So what is your solution, Gaff?