It has been going on for years.
Episodes of classic sitcoms appearing on various cable channels have been getting whittled away to make time for more commercials.
Perhaps that doesn't rise to the level of a crime against culture. After all, these shows were originally created to sell commercial time.
But eventually, if oldies channels keep taking bites out of "The Twilight Zone" or "The Andy Griffith Show," these reruns will be rendered virtually incoherent. And younger generations of viewers will reach the conclusion that these shows don't really make sense.
Never mind being charming or funny.
They won't get why their grandparents or great-grandparents thought they were a big deal once upon a time.
That seems sort of sad.