Once upon a time, there were only three channels to choose from on any one television, and programming shut off after primetime. Fast forward to today, when we have hundreds of channels, beaming in from satellites in orbit, with thousands of movies and TV shows constantly flowing to our living rooms. Just look at this timeline (I’d say COPS was a crowning achievement that probably resulted in the popularization of a lot of the current reality TV dominance.)
Some would argue that the golden age of television is actually over. The Internet has changed the way we consume media, and people under 30 are likely to watch less TV than their seniors. Could we be seeing the disintegration of the advertising model that has supported the development of TV programming for decades?