Wednesday, January 24, 2007
"Humiliation TV" is all the Rage!
I saw a story on the CBS Evening News that caught my attention. They said that more people watch American Idol than the viewership of the State of the Union address on ABC, CBS and NBC combined. Isn't that a sad commentary on our society? I'm not a fan of our boneheaded, corrupt, war mongering leader, but nevertheless, caring about the direction of our country should be more important than finding out who will be the next Ruben Studdard. Everywhere you look there are shows where people humiliate themselves in exchange for their 15 minutes of fame. People are exploited on shows like American Idol, with its many tone deaf contestants who are under the delusion that they will be the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. Some shows like Celebrity Fit Club or The Biggest Loser exploit the overweight. And then you have shows which take has-been, washed-up "celebrities" and they put them in wacky situations to entertain the public. Just look at Armed and Famous, Flavor of Love and The Surreal Life. Don't forget the self destructing celebrities on shows like Breaking Bonaduce or Shooting Sizemore. The worse they act, the more people watch.