Those sites are leading proponents of lowest-common-denominator culture, unapologetically staring at the human car wreck we all know we should turn away from. But we can't.

We know it's bad for culture, bad for America, bad for us, bad for perceptions of class and race, dangerous to our values. It titillates with sleaze and profits from pain. It humiliates on a national scale.

And boy, do we wish we'd gotten in on the ground floor. Not one of you wouldn't trade places with Q or Fred Mwangaguhunga in a heartbeat.