I flew Jet Blue this week which meant six hours of basic cable television. Probably more television than I’ve watched in half a decade. It’s not a stretch to say the majority of people I know under thirty three haven’t paid for television in years and we all live in this media bubble totally disconnected from what’s going on in the wider culture.
I saw Fox and Friends for the first time and it was about as expected. CNN has gone downhill in ways I didn’t know were possible. Wolf Blitzer interviewing Benjamin Netanyahu? Please. In fact, all the news was complete nonsense. Like, utterly false.
Even MSNBC was just mushy partisan nothingness. Evan Osnos talking about the charm of Joe Biden; a look inside Michelle Obama’s children’s cooking competition. On the History channel, a documentary about Islam turned out to be about how ancient extra-terrestrials built the Kabbah, creating a portal into another dimension.
Actual things on TV these days include: an all nude dating show; Carson Daly working as a news anchor; David Remnick on a morning show discussing Vladimir Putin; an MTV show consisting of a naked guy getting kicked repeatedly in the balls and then jacking off in front of people.
I ended up watching bicycle racing. I guess this makes me old.