Big Brother Africa “is the talk of the continent”; some say it’s “done more to unite them than independence.”

Big Brother Africa “is the talk of the continent”; some say it’s “done more to unite them than independence.”
Big Brother Africa is such a phenomenon that “[s]ome viewers say it has done more to unite them than independence, the Cold War or the pan-African movement,” A Washington Post foreign correspondent reports. The show “is the talk of the continent” where TV shows are usually imported from overseas: A “love affair has schoolchildren discussing the issue”–along with safe sex and HIV–and people call newspaper offices for show updates.
+ also: in Uganda, “Bush is just a temporary interruption in the talk about Big Brother.”

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.