Memphis, Tennessee - One complaint that I hear generation after generation is that everything gets worse. Among these things are cartoons. There is more content than we can keep up with, including cartoons.
How can there possibly be more bad cartoons when there are more being produced in general? My theory is that we view modern cartoons this way because of how they're presented to us by their distributors (the networks like Cartoon Network, Nick and Disney). In the near future the importance will be on how everything is organized.
This leads me to the conclusion that the cartoons aren't getting worse, the networks are. And this is why:
1. Lack of variety in shows
2. Inconsistent airing schedules
3. Digital streaming is growing (and paying more)
4. Sins of the past (mistreatment of cartoons that never got a resolution)