As with anyone trapped in the house, TV wears thin pretty quickly with me. It amazes me how you can have 100-200 channels and not find ANYTHING worth watching at times. They could turn off every sports channel I get and I'd be happy. I can understand people PLAYING sports, but I can't fathom sitting around watching OTHER people play sports. I especially can't understand why we think such sports "entertainers" (like actors) are worth 10 times the salary of the president of our country (THIS president excepted).
And then there are the cooking shows. I used to sit down sometimes when my wife watched Julia Childs, The Galloping Gourmet, The Frugal Gourmet and others and watch them with her. On such shows, you saw genteel folks trying to teach others to cook delicious, wholesome food. Now, it's often some purple-haired, tattooed creature from who-knows-where, fixing tiny, "artistic" sculptures of "haute cuisine." And then there are the myriads of cooking competitions, a spin-off, I suppose, on the remodeling competitions that they showed too many of a few years ago.
The stupidest cooking competition is the one where they showcase the country's "worst cooks." Every whipstitch, they eliminate the worst of the worst and send them packing, which eventually leaves them with the best of the worst. What does THAT accomplish? If they wanted to improve bad cooks, they'd keep them all. If they had to have a competition, they could do like the old game shows and have prizes. Why do such shows, as well as the regular viewers I suppose, feel the need to castigate the worst of the worst?
As for the rest of the programming, it's mostly either idiocy or trash, though there are a few RARE exceptions. Even the children's cartoons are sexually loaded these days. I think the problem is that the media has encouraged trash, and a trashy society has demanded trash From the media. As to which came first, I guess it would be a "chicken or the egg" situation.
I go online some and read a bit to maintain my sanity, but I'll be glad when the snow is gone, everything once again turns a beautiful BROWN, and I can escape the idiot box.