Commonwealth Policy Center

An article in the New York Times stated; How ‘The View’ Became the Most Important Political TV Show in America. Now, if you’re not familiar with The View, it consists of liberal women commenting on current events and politics. The show isn’t known for deep intellectual discussion or profound insights. Rather, it’s emotionally driven entertainment, filled with gotcha’s and one-liners. The View may be watched by a lot of people but is it really the most important political program in America? Our political discourse has much to be desired and actual thoughtful engagement doesn’t get much attention. Neil Postman saw this coming years ago when he wrote the book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He argued that public discourse has been dumbed down and turned into entertainment, which is what The View excels at.