We are still assessing the significance of the fact that hardly anyone takes TV seriously any more (which is what we were trying to say in “Time Magazine quizzes Scott Walker’s high school science teacher on his evolution views). Unfortunately, seniors, the people who do still take TV seriously are the group most likely to vote, and least likely to understand the new media issues.
That said, it is encouraging to hear from another dying medium that
Americans are moving faster than ever away from traditional TV
Adults watched an average of four hours and 51 minutes of live TV each day in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the same quarter of 2013, according to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2014 Total Audience Report. Viewing was down six minutes between the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2012. And between 2012 and 2011, viewing time actually increased for live TV.
At the same time, more homes turned to online video, with 40 percent of U.S. homes subscribing to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu compared with 36 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Nielsen. Netflix is by far the most popular streaming service, in 36 percent of all U.S. homes, and Amazon Instant Video is in 13 percent of homes.
The trends have rattled the entertainment industry, with broadcast and cable networks scrambling to take on new competitors on the Web.
Blame mindless channel flipping.
Like who cares what Scott Walker thinks about evolution?
Who actually cares?
First, the blow- dried TV crowd don’t know anything about evolution, if you don’t count the Inherit the Wind productions they took in at school. All nonsense and falsehood, and ironically, not even written about questions around evolution, which the Scopes trial wasn’t really about but rather to publicize an unrelated concern that was hard to discuss back then (overreaction to communism).
It is fair to say that legitimate and rational objections to Darwinism would go nowhere today without new media.
The average big-hair TV blow dry – whose hairdresser and makeup artist are buying condos off the fortune they make on his swooning fans – does not care. In fact he is too stupid to understand.
So why is that even good TV?
See also: Horizontal gene transfer: We may need to re-evaluate how we think about evolution.
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