Rip van Winkel Wakes Up, Watches A Week Of TV

Mary Jacobs stopped watching TV 15 years ago. As Turn-Off-Your-TV Week began she spent a solid week watching again. “My conclusion? Bad TV is much worse. It’s uglier, meaner and more inane. But good TV has actually gotten better. Characters have real depth; there’s more ambiguity and nuance; plots take unpredictable and interesting turns. Maybe, when the baby boomers’ hair turned gray, television became more adept at dealing with gray areas. So, will I keep on watching? Probably not.”