At the site www.hulu.com I've been watching episodes of Family Guy and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when I discovered a forum and review section. The question is always asked, "Why do all good shows get cancelled?"
Because they are too good, I thought. Then it occurred to me that it actually makes sense. The commercial value of a television show is not how good it is, but it's ability to either barely keep an audience from changing the channel, or barely be good enough so the audience doesn't forget the advertising.
I wondered about the pilot episodes of shows that never aired. Programs on television of socially redeemable quality or true educational value probably never got picked up by a network or sponsored by anyone.
The era of television exposure from 1930's onward set the tone for our values. Look at the balance of funding in public education between science and sports and between education programs that may create new competitors in the marketplace, or debt-loaded laboring consumers of mass-produced products.
Generations grew up on television, and eight years ago elected George W. Bush. Seriously folks, WTF!
We are in serious trouble.