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  1. You know what killed the nets? Bad TV. Supertrain. BJ and The Bear. Pink Lady and Jeff. Circus of the freaking stars.

    All look quaint in retropect, but if “The Sopranos” and “Rescue Me” had been the staple 20 years ago instead of the flukes they are now, we might not be having this conversation.

    Your argument, though, has one gaping hole: It assumes that what the viewing public watches en masse today has no value. Clearly its meeting some sort of need. It might not be Masterpiece Theater, but nobody watched that crap when it was on, either.

    Comment by Jeff — 04/26/2007 @ 11:40 PM

  2. Well, we are talking about mass media — the bedrock of Theodore Sturgeon’s “90 percent of everything is crap” observation. I think reality TV underlines how there’s crap, and then there’s crapola.

    Comment by CT — 04/29/2007 @ 11:18 PM

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