The purpose of television is to make people stupid enough to watch television.
The purpose of making people stupid is to make them buy stupid products, vote for stupid politicians, and believe the stupid nonsense propagated by television. Crippled by television, stupid people cannot outthink, outperform, and outcompete mediocre CEOs, and start brilliant small companies that put mediocre giant companies out of business.
Indeed, stupid people cannot even find jobs at those mediocre companies.
I didn't start out smarter than you. I stopped watching television at age 12. If you had stopped earlier and worked harder, you would be smarter than me. Millions of people would be smarter than me. I would have far more smart people to learn from, and I would be smarter, too.
Oh, how I wish we all lived in a smarter world ...