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Dwight’s Dream

The demise of middlebrow America.

Dec 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 15 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
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Non-commercial TV should address itself to the ideal of excellence. .  .  . I think TV should be providing the visual counterpart of the literary essay, should arouse our dreams, satisfy our hunger for beauty, take us on journeys, enable us to participate in events, present great drama and music, explore the sea and the sky and the woods and the hills. It should be our Lyceum, our Chautauqua, our Minsky’s, and our Camelot.

If only! I don’t know what your vision of Camelot is, but I’ll bet Suze Orman isn’t in it.

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.