Arnold Kling, responding to a post by Tyler Cowen, writes:
If you think that the banality of popular culture is a new phenomenon, I’ve got some episodes of My mother, the car to show you.
That made me laugh out loud. I remember"My Mother, The Car" and how dopey the show was. (Mom was a kvetsch!) That was 1965-1966 and while there's no doubt there's a lot of silliness today, I agree with Mr. Kling: it's certainly not new.