I watch a lot of DIY shows. They, from a certain perspective, appeal to me.
Unfortunately, DIY shows are -never- DIY. They're an endless parade of poor planning, bad design, and experts explaining why X project should only be undertaken by an expert. DIY shows are DIY-Gone-Wrong shows.
And this is necessary, really. Carpenters, plumbers, and electricians are not that interesting to watch work.
But it's not... to say it's not educational doesn't go far enough; it sends precisely the wrong message people should be getting. DIY shows teach people that they're helpless, that they should just let the experts do it right.
And I say this having done just about everything thus far. Next on my list of things-I've-never-done-before is adding a new breaker to a breaker board [I did this since I started writing this post. It was absurdly easy.]. Or possibly framing out some ductwork in the basement with furring strips and gypsumboard. I haven't decided which of these projects should take priority yet.
Where does the learned helplessness end, exactly? It fills entertainment, it defines politics, shit, as far as I can tell it's gotten to the point where it's the norm in human relationships. We seem dead-set on teaching ourselves that we cannot do anything, to give up, to let the experts handle it, whether it's our retirement, or our carpentry, or our health-care, or our plumbing, or our diets, or even our dates.