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TV is stupid on purpose for the express means of selling things. When exposed to incessant, flicking stupidity, people begin to absorb stupidity in a way best described as mental osmosis. Since you can sell just about anything to someone who doesn't think, then it's in the interest of television producers to encourage stupidity, for, as most people who've seen commercials know, the TV shows are brought to you (i.e. funded) by people who want to sell you stuff.

It would seem that the wit usually absent from the 22 minutes or so of programming (and the word programming doesn't just refer to the schedule) has been poured into the commercials that take up the rest of the time. A hell of a lot more thought goes into how to sell a candy bar than what the people drinking coffee on the comfy couch are going to say next week on Friends.

Guard your brain well.

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