writer: American Idol provides “naive, star struck teenagers” to record companies.

writer: American Idol provides “naive, star struck teenagers” to record companies.
American Idol has helped revive the “soaring and soulless power ballad” as it “serves the interests of the state while celebrating the dominant culture’s conformist, market driven values,” a writer argues. Writing in Dissident Voice, Leilla Matsui says that Idol “is the answer in bubble wrap to all that ails an industry desperate to regain its lion’s share of the royalties” and “reflects the blond ambitions behind popular music’s ethnic cleansing,” providing “naive, star struck teenagers” who “are easier to control and manipulate than their unpredictable creative counterparts.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.