It seems so; having grown up with many classics, I've witnessed the degradation first-hand. To be honest, how can people stand with today's television? I know I sure can't.
Once upon a time, effort was put into television, ya' know? Made it more worthwhile to watch. I used to be so excited when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would play. (Growing up in the U.K, they were called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.)
That's besides the point... I regret saying, but a lot of now-a-day's television seems like a marketing scheme to get people to get stuff. I may seem to be blabbering on at the moment, but this is something I can't bear to witness.
A couple of examples being: Reality T.V; 16 & Pregnant (with it's terrible acting), Genie in the House (Cheap idea, bad acting... etc...).
To be honest, I could go on for days; just tell me what you think.