All posts tagged: Unforgettable

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You’re Dead to Us…TV Shows For and Starring Old People

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads Old people fucking love television. I mean, what are they going to do, go out at night, and mingle amongst the young people, and the minorities, and the young minorities people? No thank you, says America’s olds, clutching their change purses and hiking up their pants, settling in for an evening of terrifying crime-dramas on CBS. Nielsen measures TV ratings according to several different metrics, but the most widely reported ones measure total audience, and the 18-to-49 demographic, which is the age group most lucrative and attractive to advertisers. They don’t care what the old people buy so much, because they don’t have as much disposal income. This is why it’s very, very easy to tell what the intended audience is for Wheel of Fortune or the nightly network news, because all the ads are for back pills, heating pads, adult diapers, and …