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A phrase about modern entertainment has gone about nowadays. It rhymes, it’s pithy, and it seems to fit the situation perfectly, “get woke, go broke.” I’d argue, however, that the reality is the massive failure in entertainment hasn’t been the wokeness at all, but the sheer dearth of creative talent. To be entirely honest, if the last couple of decades were producing well-written and entertaining movies and television, “get woke, go broke” would be a phrase people would laugh about all the way to the bank. The entire problem overall has been that writing has been, in general, not necessarily awful but rather boring.
Boring is worse than bad, in fact. Bad movies can still entertain (if not for the intended reason). People will talk about bad movies and TV. People will watch bad movies and TV programs because they are bad. Boring doesn’t get talked about. Boring doesn’t get repeat views. Boring television loses viewers. The problem with streaming is they’ll make an entire season and are stuck with it even after it bleeds viewers. In network days, a TV show that lost viewers was gone, often fast.