As a fan of HBO's The Wire, I don't know how I missed this. Here is David Simon's 2008 (closing) letter:
We are a culture without the will to seriously examine our own problems. We eschew that which is complex, contradictory or confusing. As a culture, we seek simple solutions. We enjoy being provoked and titillated, but resist the rigorous, painstaking examination of issues that might, in the end, bring us to the point of recognizing our problems, which is the essential first step to solving any of them.
Oh, the agony and the ecstasy of the truth.