Shows such as "Scare Tactics" are becoming big business for network execs. Taken from a recent article: "Today's reality shows are pulling pranks on people that are more daring, more outrageous, and scarier than ever before Ñ and everyone is fair game. "This new kind of programming is designed to be shocking.Ê This new kind of programming is designed to be É just about over the edge," said Bob Thompson, who heads up the Center for Popular Television. Thompson says he thinks some of the shows are morally bankrupt, but says there's a simple reason for all of this nasty ambush TV: it sells. "If we had lions and Christians devouring each other in the É Coliseum today in America, you would sell it out.ÊPeople would go. I think that's an absolute no-brainer." Take an intro to 'Scare Tactics,' for example. "If you're like me and you enjoy seeing the pain and suffering of other people, then you've come to the right place," says Shannen Doherty, the host and chief prankster. In one hoax, Doherty has a kidÊbelieving he has shot someone.Ê"Oh my God!" she says. "What did you just do?" OK, I just don't get it. First, I have to laugh at the stupid quote above "If we had lions and Christians devouring each other in the...Coliseum..." well, I, for one, don't recall that the Christians had a turn to eat the lions, but what do I know? As for Shannen's quote, "If you're like me..." well, sweetheart, I'm NOT like you, thank goodness, but what horrifies me is that apparently there are a lot of people who are. What's up with kind of stuff, folks? Is this an "age" thing, because as a mid-lifer, I don't find ANY humor or interest in watching nor supporting such mean spirited trash. What happend to us? I recall the weeks after 9/11 when everyone, I mean EVERYONE around me were treating each other with respect, kindness...even love. People let others' in front of them on freeways. We said "Hello" to each other. We opened doors for each other. Volunteer organization memberships went through the roof. And now, a scant few years later from one of the most shocking episodes this country has ever faced, we sit like goons in front of the tube watching others' being trashed, humiliated, scorned and terrified...for ENTERTAINMENT? Enlighten me.