"Amused to death"

Giving My Bones to the Western LandsOld Zebulon Macahan stoically declared "The world might be changin', but I ain't". He was a mountain man, trapper/trader, and scout working for the U.S. Army in the Indian Territories in the television series "How the West Was Won". When he got off his horse after a long days ride, he was stiff as a corpse. When the serie ran in the late 1970's, I could relate to it. Nowadays, it's hard to relate to new TV series. The Swedish television is filled to the brim with stupid reality, game and talk shows or series labeled "entertainment". However, we brought this on ourselves. Read more here (opens in a new window). Recently, a new low was hit. The new low is called "Bättre sent än adrig" (Better Late Than Never). A more accurate title could be obtained by changing the order, (Better Never Than Late). The TV show is based on the American TV show "Better Late Than Never" from 2016, which in turn is based on the South Korean TV show "Grandpas Over Flowers". In the Swedish series, four "publicly loved" celebrities take part in a trip where they visit different parts of the world. At each location, they must also carry out various tasks on their bucket list. The "publicly loved" celebrities have one thing in common: they are not in demand anymore. They have all passed their best before date. We know it, they know it. Participating in infantile TV shows is their meal ticket. If you like ignorance, prejudices and male community this is the show for you. It gets very embarrassing when they begin to share their personal thoughts, feelings and experiences. Obviously, the intelligence level must have dropped considerably in the last decades. What would the alien anthropologist say? This species has amused itself to death.      


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