If you've not heard of KGO's Ray Taliaferro
, give him a listen. His show streams over the internet from the west coast (1a-5a).
Ray made the point that we, in this country, seem to go out of our way to get "distracted". We know the political and social problems (if not crisis), yet we spend more time with our distractions. Namely, all those season ending sporting events, all those epic TV shows, etc.
I can definitely see that. In my house, I don't get to control the TV. And end up eating fast, because the rest of the family would rather watch all those entertainment news shows. After that, American Idol, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, etc., seem to occupy the prime time.