You turn on ESPN and the news anchor is using catch phrases like "don't taze me bro". They aren't trying to inform you, they are trying to entertain you. Even the history channel has gone to poo.
But in the end we only have ourselves to blame. ESPN spends big on market research. They know what we read and what we watch. They know what we comment about the most on Facebook. Racism, politics, religion, New York, Boston, LA, and Chicago. These are the things that hook the most viewers. ESPN doesn't care about any of the social issues but their market research shows that they can get the most web hits and free pub from other news outlets by hammering these subjects into the ground.
This really gets into a bigger problem for the world we live in. We inconvenience each other and ruin our culture for a .5% increase in revenue. I could ramble on for years but I will leave you with one example: sports venues. I miss the days when our local ballpark or football stadium was named after the veterans or something with local flavor. Now everything is "Lincoln Financial Stadium at Mountain Dew.com Field". We've all become sellouts to the dollar.