With the rise of so-called reality television in recent years (proving that
truth is tawdrier than fiction, too), it might well be asked what all of
the TV writers are up to these days. Some, it would seem, have lent their fertile
imaginations to a TV-industry lobbying and litigation campaign that, like the
medium itself, often strains credulity.
With apologies to Walt Whitman, whose "barbaric yawp" anticipated Internet chat groups and the World Wide Web by well over a century, the information superhighway may turn out to be nothing like the open road that the poet celebrated in 1856. That transcendent pathway, according to Whitman, held out the promise of boundless possibilities, countless destinations: "The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose."