Whatever Happened To Televised Arts?

How is it possible that among the hundreds of television channels available to the average American, there still isn’t a place for the arts? “While networks devoted to everything from cartoons to car culture have thrived, channels aimed at the fine-arts consumer have either collapsed (the seminal arts channel CBS Cable) or survived as changelings, serving up increasing amounts of reality TV while still sporting their original stately monikers (Bravo, A&E). Symbolically at least, the poetic voice of Paul Robeson has fallen silent to the raspy ravings of Kathy Griffin, and the groundbreaking works of Picasso have been masked in favor of the tattoo-shop shenanigans of Inked.”