Pop Idol is “a way for viewers to make a telling anti-corporate statement.”

Pop Idol is “a way for viewers to make a telling anti-corporate statement.”
Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland argues that Pop Idol is actually working against perpetuating traditional stereotypes and industry prejudices, because its audience is “rebelling against the music industry edict, voiced explicitly, which says a pop idol has to be lean and gorgeous.” In a recent poll, viewers voted “overweight” finalist Rik number one, possibly because of his pleas to look beyond his image and vote based upon his voice.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.