Humans are a strange species. We paradoxically are drawn to what we say we most abhore. We are thinking, intellectual beings governed by testosterone. At our base level the two things that move us most are sex and violence. Many pretend to be above it but everyone know they are lying, perhaps to themselves.
Everything that has happened in the past could easily happen again. We learn very little as a society as we count up the centuries.
As for the media, they as always have just found a way to make money off of our foibles. In the end we get what we want. And very few people have been able to rise above it.
The most popular sports in America, auto racing, football, wrestling.
Most popular mainstream movies Arnold, Stallone, etc
Most popular videos - porno movies - billion dollar industry
And me, I read Playboy for the articles - so there