This summer has seriously discouraged me from watching TV, mostly because my family watches a lot of news. I don't know what is worse, the local news that tries its very best to make a coherent, heartfelt micro-story, national news that wages massive crusades of investigative reporting based on fad science, or political news that does not even come close to real life, let alone analytical, discussion of events. As usual, someone can say it better than I can. The final insight about sports is spot on, too.