HotJobs sponsoring American Candidate.

HotJobs sponsoring American Candidate.
Making the show as realistic as possible, Showtime has sold out and has partnered with a sponsor for its political reality TV series American Candidate. Oh well; our real political process is funded by corporations, so our fake one might as well be, too. Yahoo’s HotJobs is that partner, and its site emphasizes the important parts of participatory democracy with this tagline: “Win $200,000 and be on TV as the American Candidate.” A press release from Showtime makes the overlap even more obvious: “The hunt is on for ‘The Leader of the Free World,’ and individuals can highlight their presidential qualifications and skills by applying for one of the 12 open candidate positions on the show through http://www.HotJobs.com.” Applications are due April 9; the show is looking for “True leaders,” “Diversity in candidates,” and “People who have a passion for creating change.” Those who can work “Yahoo!” into most sentences get bonus points.

The Sing-Off loses its star

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

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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.