Originally Posted by JimN
TV and other forms of entertainment just give people what they want, whether they decided they want it on their own, or they're impressionable enough that "The man with the kind face on TV told me that I want/need this". Also, when more people watch a channel, that channel can make more M-O-N-E-Y.
Also, people can't stop watching for a car crash, out of morbid curiosity.
ex-wife saturated herself with media coverage over the 9/11 tragedy and made herself sick over it.