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Why mostly everything on Television in rubbish

Sometimes I think looking at a television program that all of television is a conspiracy to dumb everyone down. Nothing on is  ever good with the exception of sports otherwise most of it seems remarkably shallow(Some might argue the same about Sports). But the more I think about it the more it seems that TV is not a conspiracy. Like anything that lives long enough on the market it gives people exactly what they want. There was a survey about movies that people want to watch versus what they actually watch on their Netflix queues. For some Schindler's List keeps popping up on the list of movies want to watch in the future but when the time for choosing something comes along they prefer a low brow brainless flick. One can easily extrapolate and see why this happens in TV. Every channel is trying to garner the attention of the viewer. Now imagine that a TV channel happens to be showing Schindler's List, the viewer is simply going to skip and go over to the channel that happens

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Of all the Stephenson books I have read The Diamond Age is easily the best written with a lyrical quality to the prose that is not present in his other works. If the name on the cover did not say Stephenson I would not have believed that he wrote it. Stephenson sets this book in The Diamond Age . An age in which nano tech is a reality and there really is no scarcity. This entails all the standard nano technology that can build things, food out of atoms. He really does develop this concept well though. When Stephenson talks about technology you feel that it already exists. The thing that this book is really about is culture and how an environment shapes people specifically children and it does this through an ingenious plot device called the Young Lady's illustrated primer a learning device for young girls. Hackworth is an engineer who has been commissioned to develop a young lady's illustrated primer. Of course he manages to lose a copy and this lands up in the hand