We’re such an impatient culture, we want everything now or even better yesterday, and we’re not always willing to work for the end goal.
Bookstores are failing because people aren’t reading as much any more, because they’re not as entertaining. But this isn’t just affecting books, but movies and books and life in general. I read an article in the Houston Chronicle (sorry, I can’t find the article to link it) a couple of months about how Hollywood is turning away from dramas, or at least the subtle, thought-provoking ones, to shorter, more eye-catching, action movies, because they’re the only types of movies that are attracting any moviegoers at all.
When I see some of these reality TV shows, like the Hills, it seems to me to be the definition of the cause/problem/result of today’s impatience. The cast members are barely 25 years old and have huge houses, drive nice cars and apparently unlimited credit cards. As well as having jobs that they are underwhelming unqualified for. Although MTV shows their lives as all about glitz, glamour, and utter easiness, that can only be detrimental to young impressionable minds. So I can see how people, particularly younger ones, around the world, are offered credit cards with instant approval and spend beyond not only their credit limits but their salary, can be affected by “role models” like the ones on the Hills.
One of the main reasons that I bring this up, is that the networks recently released their upcoming fall schedules and one thing that caught my eye was that one of the shows, Sit Down, Shut Up, that was canceled after only showed for four episodes. It used to be that networks allowed television shows to grow and find their strides, but now the networks are looking for the instant hits and money-makers and not waiting for the show to grow an audience.