That any critical consideration of media is so often dismissed as purposeless says lots about how media is valued, what people think it’s for, and what people think it does. You cannot, CANNOT, escape the effects of media. It is not, has never been, and will never be JUST entertainment. Not asking questions about your culture is like not asking questions about gravity, or the oceans, or your own body. And if you do ask these questions you can come to possess the same level of powerful understanding of the world that we unhesitatingly attribute to the sciences.