If you've survived on only the Internet, don't look back. Cable TV continues to be the worst value for your money and it isn't getting any better. It's overpriced, underwhelming and providers pass their costs of doing business onto us. You've already got it figured with everything you've cited: business models, greed and addiction.
bruce Word. I "cut the cord" over a decade ago and haven't looked back. HD OTA channels look great. If I want to watch something not broadcast OTA, I'll sign up for YouTube TV or the like for a month (i.e. NCAA Tourney, etc). HBO Max and Disney+ are great values.