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Bread and Circuses returnPosted Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 10:09 AM
Late last night, before hitting the hay, I took a brief glance at my RSS feed that spits out the latest stuff off the wire services and was dismayed to see no less than three separate stories concerning the show "American Idol."
Apparently, this glorified talent show is important news - so much so that anything associated with it now ends up repeatedly on local newscasts.
Is this show really that important?
I'll admit that my prime time viewing have dropped to nearly zero over the past 15 to 20 years and this trend of putting game shows, Candid Camera mutations and other such "entertainments" on the air isn't helping any.
I was at a night spot recently and they had the new "American Gladiator" on the big screen. At first, I thought it was the old Arnold Schwarzenegger film, "The Running Man." The similarities were a little too striking.
Of all the science fiction movies that have tried to predict the future, why did it have to be that one to get so much right?
So, what's the fascination with "Idol" and other shows like it? Am I the only one that finds this trend completely mind numbing?
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Brian Mosely is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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