The television canon is based on what we bothered to preserve
Though the internet is considered a boundless repository of pop culture, many of the programs that may give us insight on our cultural history are unavailable to the public. Some are stored in archives; others are left forgotten in studio space storage; still more are simply lost because no one decided to preserve them. Television has only recently been viewed as a valid means of cultural production similar to books, plays, and films. Everything we know and perceive about television today is inherently limited by what’s been made available to us in the digital age.