"A stranger walks up to you on the bus, and says 'My name is Rev. Kwame. I want a reliable person who could assist us to transfer the sum of
An example that's more "real world" to the average user. Regrettably, in the real world, people (especially older folks) do fall prey to scams or otherwise obvious fraud.
No kidding. I still shudder when I remember what happened years ago to my aunt, who is over 70. I came to her house to visit and found a man in his 30s sitting in the living room drinking coffee. My aunt says "you remember so-and-so, I met him on the way to the grocery store and asked him in. Fancy that, he's now an antiques dealer and may be interested in buying some of my stuff." Well, this was NOT who she thought it was. It was a total stranger who realized she had mistaken him for somebody else and decided to take advantage of the situation. Now my aunt is a retired jeweler and "her stuff", some of which was exposed in the coffee table, consists of unique pieces and precious stones that she kept for sentimental reasons.
I didn't want to scare her by exposing the impostor, so I asked to have some coffee too. When she left I told the guy I knew what was going on and if he didn't want me to call the cops immediately he would show me his ID and, as soon as aunt was back, make an excuse and leave. Fortunately he was not a violent criminal, just a lowlife who saw an opportunity to scam an old lady. So he left and aunt never figured out what had happened.
When I read about old people giving thousands of $$ to Nigerian schemers, it reminds me of this story.
Studios do not produce big budget movies (or TV) for us. Their goal is not to further your sense of awe and the perception of the numinous. Their goal is to sell cars, medicine and bacon products.
They don't care if a couple hundred thousand of us watch a show. Even if there were enough of us, we're not exactly easy to convert.
Much better to make the jocks and beauty queens glue their eyes to the TV for cheap violence, sex and romance. They are legion - and converting them is easy. "Big man. Fast car. Pretty girl. Must buy fast car to be big man and get pretty girl. Ugh!"
Might as well get used to it. On the TV, good stuff will come along every few years - then get canceled like Firefly.
You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.