Recently I’ve been reflecting on why I like certain TV shows that make a spectacle of being poor, or criminal or addicted to drugs. Some examples:
- America’s Scariest Police Chases
- Locked Up: Inside America’s prisons
- Forensic Files
I think to some extent it’s to discourage myself from doing these things. But there’s probably also a lack of empathy, because if I was really empathizing, they would be very uncomfortable to watch.