Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.
That being said, I do enjoy my shows. They can be deadening and timewasting; they can also be a form of art or a means of education. Either way, as DiFranco says, "life imitates TV." We (all of us) are susceptible to the messages put forth via the media and it is our duty as thinking members of the mediaverse to pay attention to these messages--to challenge the harmful ones and reinforce the positive ones.