A Canadian columnist takes aim at such staples of North American culture as the Jerry Springer and Maury Povich shows, likening their presence on the airwaves to a sign that we may be in the last days
of Rome. "Famous for trolling the shallow end of the gene pool when booking guests, 'The Jerry Springer Show' and others of its ilk seem determined to pander to the worst in human nature," writes
Gordon MacFarlane in the Winnipeg Sun. But, he insists the shows are not the cause of our decline but a symptom: "Contrived nonsense on the airways, while stupid and tasteless, may well be
embarrassing but is unlikely to be significant. At best, or worst, the popularity of today's more noxious programming is likely a result of the decay rather than the cause."
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