Cutler: "They don't have movies where you come from, do they?"
Phlox: "We had something similar a few hundred years ago, but they lost their appeal when people discovered their real lives were more interesting."
Oh brother..... Which explains why the holodeck was a popular pastime. Or watching plays. He could have just said something like, 'once we did but not any more'.
I understand where he was getting at, (TV does has it negatives) but the part about abandoning the whole thing because of real lives being more interesting...seems preachy again.