I promise--I AM going to meet Mary's challenge to post about candy. But I came across this article on NPR and I think it is spot on. It has to do with the sensational popularity of what the author calls "cringe tv"--the kind of stuff that makes you cringe when you watch it. The most visible example of this genre, currently, is TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8," whose audience expanded exponentially when the title couple began experiencing very public marital problems.
The article is definietely worth commenting on or even posting on.