Have we been in a Dark Age since 2007?!?!?
It might have started somewhat in 2006. And 2008 to 2010 saw the full implementation of the Darkness. But 2007 is the year the Pop Culture Dark Age truly began! This is inspired by other threads here at Toonzone (and by my own admittedly nostalgic musings, but I'm just having some fun here)....but let's take a look at the evidence:
Cartoon Network got revamped in 2007 - The "Fall 2007" era led to the days of live action shows on Cartoon Network. Toonami was on the verge of being cancelled (2007 brought us the dreaded "TOM 4" for the host of the block).
"Kids WB" (as we knew it) ended in September 2006, when the WB channel became "The CW" (though technically it lingered on until May of 2008, but it wasn't the same post-2006, with the loss of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh). This could be argued as the end of the Saturday Morning Cartoons (either the September 2006 date or the May 2008 date).
Nicktoons went downhill around 2007 (Spongebob started sucking after the 5th season, which aired from 2005 to 2007).
The Sci-Fi Channel started moving away from Stargate and Battlestar Galactica in favor of B-grade monster movies.
The Transformers movie in 2007 brought back crappy summer blockbusters. The "Twilight" series of movies started next year, in 2008, forever tarnishing vampire films.
Around 2007, Hannah Montana became a pop culture phenomenon...actually, Hannah Montana wasn't so bad at first, but eventually she became Miley Cyrus, ruining everything...
Also around 2007, we had the collapse of the DVD market and the bursting of the anime bubble (compared to 2000 to 2004, when anime was everywhere on TV)...
Nintendo introduced the Wii and started making video games for grandmas to play with their grandkids. Frankly, the transition from the 6th generation of video games to the 7th generation was a bit of a let down, over all...
"G4" starting airing "Ninja Warrior" in March, 2007, which was a hit (and I did enjoy) but it certainly signaled the beginning of the end, for what the channel was supposed to be about (video games!).
I'll add on that the economy collapsed in 2008/2009, which sucked for everyone.
The Writer's Strike of 2007/2008 hurt a lot of popular shows, some of which never were as good again. For instance, "Heroes" was great in it's first and second season, but then it became an incoherent mess after the Writer's Strike.
The action show "24" never was as good after the Strike. Both it and "Lost" fizzled out and ended in 2010.
American Idol went downhill after 2007 (I can't say I remember one winner after Jordan Sparks won in 2007). And in 2009 they started introducing new judges beyond Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, so that was the start of the decline for that show.
"Family Guy" probably should've ended after Season Six (which ended in 2008). When the plot moved beyond Stewie wanting to kill Lois, that was kind a fundamental change to the series.
What shows have defined pop culture since 2008? The Big Bang Theory? Glee? Modern Family? Duck Dynasty? Breaking Bad? Game of Thrones? The Walking Dead? The Voice? Some of those may be decent, but c'mon, bring me back to the days of Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scrubs, 24, House, Smallville, C.S.I. and CSI:Miami!