CKY – Channel Kill Yourself
Furor’s examination of television’s trend towards the morbid and perverse and the Freudian death instinct such trends represent.
If it was Sweeps, the networks didn’t act like it!
A log of my average day of television for Wednesday, February 7th, 2007:
For about a year or two now, I’ve noticed that every time I watch TV, I see something unbelievably life-negating. Far from complaining about rising curseword count or 3/4-naked girlies, I am having a real problem digesting morbid material that we too often take for granted. I like to think of such content as falling under the ‘death instinct’ as opposed to ‘life instinct’ images and concerns, such as beauty, positivity, cooperation, community, dignity, etc. After a especially discordant stretch of seeing things I just don’t want to see, I figured I would keep a short-lived log of the incidences and types of overt death-instinct content I find, mostly consisting of the following: