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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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.