Okay, so I have to say that I love foodnetwork.com. For the person in the household whose job it is to come up with what to make for supper, the site is a godsend. It's wonderful to be able to put in an ingredient in the search, such as chicken, and get all of these fabulous recipes. It makes life so much easier.
The Food Network itself has turned me into somewhat of a foodie, I have sea salt and kosher salt and black finishing salt. All as a result of my friend (who is a Food Network addict) and the Food Network. Chopping vegetables no longer scares me and I've become quite proficient wielding my knives.
This is the same type of trend following HGTV. Everyone that I know has done some kind of home improvement that was likely sparked by the network. And today this made me wonder.
What kind of trend could be set if there was a channel dedicated to worthy causes, Home Building with Habitat for Humanity. Lunch Impossible with volunteers at the local mission. Would exposure to compassion and empathy create the same upswell of wanting to help as these other channels have of wanting to change, to become better.
Would exposure to the wide variety of causes help people who have said, "I'd like to help, but I don't know where to start." These wouldn't have to be infommercials for causes to raise money, but could be made into something interesting and even entertaining that would help the viewers feel like part of something. With the pervasive reality show mentality, maybe we could sneak something in the line up that was reality, at least more of a reality than following around rich girls spending money or past stars who now have tv shows to guarantee they get laid.
Anyway, just an idea.