Very insightful — great to see all the supporting comments! I often wonder what would happen if these sitcoms aired without the canned laughter conducting us to Ha Ha on cue like a robotic symphony. I’d also like to add “reality shows” as a factor in the mass numbing/dumbing down of mass consciousness. I just can’t suspend disbelief enough to feel sorry or excited for groups supposedly fighting great perils while a camera crew — obviously safe from all harms — follows close by. At least, PLEASE don’t call that reality when there are very real, horrid and hopeless tragedies being inflicted upon people who will never win the prize money, no matter how much suffering they endure!