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