The History Channel is now history-free and running endless stories about how space aliens built the pyramids.
The Discovery Channel is now a reality-TV schlock-fest full of fakery ginned up on the cheap from contract film crews constantly trolling for wanna-be-famous odd-bodies.
The Learning Channel, started in 1972 by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and NASA, has devolved to running shows about authoritarian bakers and struggling dwarfs.
Animal Planet has taken to stuffing rats into walls so some embarrassing refugee from a trailer park can whoop and holler.
Now comes news that National Geographic has been sold to the Murdoch-owned Fox corporation in a $725 million deal that is sure to plumb new depths in cultural loss.
Which is not to say that there is much to save in terms of National Geographic's integrity.
Founded in 1888, and once famous for bringing us Jacques Cousteau, Jane Goodall, and the marvels and wonders of history, science, and nature, the magazine can no longer be found outside a dentist offices.
Like so many others, the television channel has tumbled down the worm hole of "reality" TV (see here and here), and I no longer watch. In fact, I no longer watch regular TV at all, and I no longer subscribe to any newspaper or magazine. If I am going to watch film fakery, I prefer to get mine from professional actors on NetFlix or Amazon. If I seek news or information, I get more than I can consume, at lightning speed (and for free) from two dozen news sites and 200 blog feeds.
Print and television, as we once knew them, is dead, and I am no longer lying next to its rotting corpse. As the world is new, so must we be new.
Forward into the darkness we ride, a nation of ignorants and amnesiacs, seeking reality from fakery, and news from foreign pundits spewing hate, misinformation and propaganda. What could possibly go wrong?