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Why Do We Tune In? 'Cause It's Reality TV [Instantaneous' judgment reflects shows like 'Survivor']
Newser ^ | November 12, 2011 | Neal Colgrass

Posted on 11/12/2011 3:52:33 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

(Newser) – The Republican presidential debates are exerting a strong influence on this year's race, and even seem entertaining—but why? It's not just Rick Perry's penchant for the deadly 53-second pause or Michele Bachmann's ability to reinterpret US history, analysts tell the New York Times. It's our reality-TV culture of instant judgment: "Who gets kicked off the island, or who gets kicked off the talent stage, is now deeply embedded in the American culture," says campaign adviser Steve Schmidt.

In bygone days, reporters hunted down campaign staff members to forge conclusions after a debate. “Now, it’s instantaneous,” Schmidt says. “It’s a harsh, tough verdict that is rendered not by the political insiders but by the body politic.” And let's face it, the current batch of lively candidates—like TV commentator Newt Gingrich and former radio show host Herman Cain—help make the debates like a mini-series, unfolding with dramatic twists and turns. "The up and down of all the non-Romney candidates have given people a reason to tune in to see who’s up and who’s down," says another analyst. "There’s a drama."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brawl; debates; discord; drama
....“It’s a harsh, tough verdict that is rendered not by the political insiders but by the body politic.” ...

It seems that the stage is set, the show is directed and then the verdict is rendered by the MSM.

This evening it would be good if the object of everyone's focus was on Obama and his administration.

1 posted on 11/12/2011 3:52:39 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I don't watch any "reality TV", except for "Cops", and that's less nowadays than I used to.

I sometimes imagine what the old Dragnet with Jack Webb would have been if it had been shot and directed "reality"-style, in the style of "Cops" . . .
2 posted on 11/12/2011 4:31:15 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I haven’t watched TV in years. We have TV and watch old movies via dvr and such. My geeky husband has a TV box with 1700 movies stored on it. I internet and listen to talk radio. Why bother with the filth on TV? You won’t miss it one bit if you tune it out. And if you have young kids, don’t even bother. All those kid shows? LOL, another indoctrination. Why give them another outlet for lib indoctrination? My advise, if you can, home school your kids.


3 posted on 11/12/2011 4:32:07 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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Stop Goofing Off And Donate


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4 posted on 11/12/2011 4:32:53 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have yet to watch one. I haven’t had a TV for 12+ years since most of what is on is drivel (including most MSM reporter questions). There is some good stuff mixed in, but not enough to make it worthwhile. I did watch some of Perry on U-tube and thought it was acceptable, not awesome rhetoric, but reasonable and sensible suggestions.


5 posted on 11/12/2011 4:35:16 PM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: palmer

We’re on the same page.


6 posted on 11/12/2011 5:25:43 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just like the ‘reality shows’ , the whole thing is rigged.

The men behind the curtain want a nice stuffed shirt who will do and say whatever they tell him/her.

THEY do NOT want a REAL AMERICAN for PRESIDENT, be that person black or white or male or female.


7 posted on 11/12/2011 6:02:35 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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