Oscars ratings disaster suggests cultural shift

The catastrophe of the Oscars award telecast last Sunday is now official: Ratings were the lowest in its history. Many conservatives, like this columnist, chose to not watch as a statement rejecting the increasingly politicized nature of the film Academy’s awards show.

Yet, the ratings disaster this year is so significant — down a whopping 20 percent compared to last year — it suggests a significant cultural shift has occurred that portends a great loss not just for the entertainment industry, but for the nation as a whole.