It’s almost an overworn joke to notice how many white guys tell you that (sorry!) they aren’t into black women, or how many gay guys will include “No Asians” in their profiles. (I think I’ve read like 18 Huffington Post pieces alone about that last anecdote.) This is real racism, blatant and banal, casual and even comfortable. For those who say that “people have their preferences,” I would simply ask them whether it’s worth broadcasting them simply to prevent the appearance of a picture of a black woman or an Asian man in your inbox.
TV is the epitome of Low Art in its desire to appeal to and enjoy the attention of unprecedented numbers of people. But it is not Low because it is vulgar or prurient or dumb. Television is often all these things, but this is a logical function of its need to attract and please Audience. And I’m not saying that television is vulgar and dumb because the people who compose Audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests.
— David Foster Wallace