Previous post was a bit ranty about the suck of TC radio stations, and how I will turn off the radio rather than listen to suck. I've already stopped watching TV almost completely; not having cable helps with that choice. I rarely go see a movie in the theater anymore because it's just not worth it to me anymore; rarely is there a movie that I'm so excited to see that I can't wait until it comes out on DVD.
I don't think that this is an unrealistic choice. I think that I have expectations that aren't outrageous; I know that radio and TV can be better. I've heard better shows, I've seen better shows. Hell, in some cases, I've made better shows.
Radio and TV are locked into the mindset that they need to cater to the widest possible audience in order to succeed. I'm not arguing with that since it's the model by which they survive, but the risk is gone. Everything is processed, smoothed out, made inoffensive. Hollywood in the past few years has made a swath of horror movies with PG-13 ratings because an R rating would be too scary and frighten off some of their audience.
Where has the edge gone?
Relationships are much the same: I'd rather not be in a relationship than be in one that sucks.
Then there's this parallel: for media content, I find myself turning more and more to online sources. Does that mean that maybe I should turn to the internet for relationships? Hell, I think that most of my social life is online these days.