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American Idoltry... and other thoughts

Ok, I just read that American Idol snagged some 37 million viewers.  That just means that there are 37 million people so desperate for entertainment that they'll watch this show.  Gah... why??

My comments posted to the Washington Post:

Fred Allen once reported stated that Television is called a medium because anything well done is rare. This certainly is true in the case of American Idol, as its neither rare or well done. Like many of todays so-called reality shows, I strenuously avoid watching them, going so far as turning down the volume when the commercials for them are airing.

Perhaps it is me, or perhaps it is my age, but I still prefer television to entertain in an intelligent and interesting fashion. Instead, todays television seems to be intentionally dumbed down to the lowest possible IQ level and still attract sufficient audience numbers to continue long after they should have been cancelled for violations of the Geneva Convention. (I'm speaking of the cruel and inhuman punishment section.) Programs such as Amercian Idol, Fear Factor, Survivor only serve as good examples of bad television gone insane.

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