I was listening to a radio program where the host was commenting on the popular tv shows of the last several years and noting that most/all of the "hits" are very dark/cynical and/or have anti-heroes as their protagonists.
Examples: Dexter, The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, etc
Because I could not find the original discussion, here is a related article:
However, it is not just the violence, but the sense of foreboding perhaps? Or dark gloomy bleakness? That no one in the world is an upright person in a idyllic star trek type world where there are clear cut good guys and bad guys. What do you think causes it?
I feel like with the internet and the massive proliferation of data we have lost a sense of the sacred. A sense that there are idealistic heroes out there who just work for the common good. That doing so means you're a fool. To be honest, I have feelings of nostalgia for the innocence of star trek the next generation or hell even for the Simpsons compared to South Park haha