Why TV is Dying

Does Anybody Watch TV Anymore?

How the age of streaming has killed one of the world's greatest inventions.


A few weeks ago, in Hagerstown Hall's eighth floor lounge, a student repeatedly bashed his head into the television screen until it cracked, ending the TV for good. The student was reprimanded, but the broken television still remains mounted on the lounge wall. The most shocking part of it all: not a single resident cares.

And why should they? Think about the last time you actively watched TV. I don't mean the last time you happened to catch a glimpse of the news while eating lunch in the dining hall — I mean the last time you stopped what you were doing, walked to the nearest TV, and turned on the newest episode of your favorite show. For some of us, this may have very well been within the last week or two. But for a majority of us, myself included, this took place within the realm of the past few months, maybe even years.

It's been nearly twelve years since Netflix changed the way the world watched TV by introducing its streaming network, and since that time, streaming TV rather than watching it live has become the norm. You'd be hard-pressed to find a friend who doesn't subscribe to at least one streaming platform, what with almost 60% of the American public owning some form of this service.

On top of this, Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube Red — just to name a few — have begun producing their own feature TV shows in addition to providing major network shows, meaning that users can get all the new content they want without buying a TV contract. Combined with the powers of binge-watching, it is now more convenient to watch Netflix or Hulu — whenever you want, wherever you want — than to watch traditional TV. In a society driven by social media and instant gratification, it no longer makes sense to wait a week for the next installment of Riverdale.

Unsurprisingly, TV is not doing well. Some speculate that the rise of streaming is the beginning of the end for broadcast television, fueled by recent reports that Americans aged 18 to 34 are watching only a third of what adults 50 to 64 do. What's more, many millennials are choosing to forgo cable plans altogether; the total number of households never owning a TV subscription is expected to rise to 48 million by 2020.

It's more than just a theory: as streaming popularity rises, TV viewership declines. This trend is reflected in ad sales too, as prominent companies begin to invest more advertising in digital revenues versus on television, especially when they want to attract a younger audience.

In response to its inevitable decline, television has tried to change, with big-name networks like CBS and NBC putting out not only more primetime shows, but higher quality ones as well, fit with recognized directors and actors from the big screen. Plots are becoming more complex, even confusing, driven by an audience with the ability to communicate every last scene on a worldwide scale and predict the show's direction.

No matter how much TV changes, however, the threat of streaming will always remain. TV's prime has come and gone, and a new medium has arrived to replace it. Older generations will still appreciate television for what it once was, while the younger population will flock to Netflix for its ease. In any event, TV will continue — but there will be few left to watch it.

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To The Soon-To-Be College Freshman Who Think They'll Keep Their High School Friends, Know This

You will maybe talk to 10 people back from your high school while your in college.


I know what you are thinking "Of course I am going to still talk to all my high school friends once we graduate." "You just didn't keep up with your friends." "I am going to talk to them every day."

Of course, you may be the lucky ones that go on to the same college and university, but if you follow your best friend to college then have you ever thought to yourself. "Did I choose my school based on if my friend(s) would go to college together." Obviously, it could be coincidental that you end up in the same place, but my argument is more on the idea of having friends that go to the same college on your list of important things once you move away.

Now if you are still reading and still in denial with what I am saying then continue.

Since moving away from home I have broadened my horizons and met more people then I could ever have imagined. I have met people that if I have not kept an open mind to them I would not be friends with them now. You will most likely choose the same type of friends that you had in high school if you do not keep an open mind when finding friends in college.

You also do not want to be that person who refuses to make other friends besides their high school friends. I hate to break it to you, but your high school friends will find other friends beside you when they leave for college/university. This time in your life is supposed to be "a new chapter" if you do not branch out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in a little bubble for the rest of your life.

Not only will your friends in your high school class be making friends, but you need to make friends that are in the same stage of life that you are also in. Still talking to high school aged friends will limit you from conversations due to distance, lack of relevance, and just not going through the same stuff as you.

Sounds daunting? I know.

I am not saying that you can not be friends still with your high school friends. From time to time I catch up with mine to see how the school is going for them, and how they are doing, but I am building and forming relationships with my friends at college because you have had to start up from ground zero, and will be forming a foundation until we graduate.

Even when you have broken it is nice to hang out with your high school friends and talk about the good old days. My point to you is to keep an open mind and to not get upset when high school friends have moved on and found their new friends from school just like you.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.


1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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