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“Reality” TV, for all its obvious “unreality,” exists. Such programming constitutes a social and cultural phenomenon that is the result of deliberate choices by individuals responding to objective conditions and impulses. It simply is not possible or responsible to dismiss it all as wholly irrational. Only naiveté would compel one to think that the entertainment industry could inflict this rubbish on the population without consequences.
Originally posted by Chefj828
How do you wake up the largely apathetic middle class. Shut down reality television... The nation would literally faction off into tribal societies based on who they want kicked off of idol. Wars would be waged in the name of false idols. American Idols that is. When all was said and done, the resulting social conflict would make the LA riots look like a water gun fight on Sesame St.