Monday, March 8, 2010
Next Top Something: Where Everyone's A Winner
Reality TV competitions were once a meeting place for raw talent, professional channels, and general audiences who couldn't otherwise access each other. Somewhere along the line they were replaced with washed-up celebrities, amateurs without a shot in hell in the real world, and, worse yet, the inexperienced pitted against pros by association (since when are dance-offs between game show hosts and pop stars who danced for a living considered competition?). The new train wrecks continue to bring in similar ratings as the old dramas and sitcoms at a fraction of the cost. And so continues the dumbing down of the American public. At $300, the Kindle suddenly feels like a bargain.
This Is The Last Good Season of American Idol - True/Slant
Kabul Makeover - The Atlantic
Like... The Best Competition Ever - Tweet & Velvet
Can Evan Lysacek win that elusive Emmy? - LA Times
How To Stop Survivor From Becoming America's Reality - Esquire