Category Archives: Reality TV

January 10, 2012, 4:36 pm

Go Ahead New Hampshire and Iowa, Have All The Fun

In Connecticut we wait and wait, but the candidates don't come. (Photo Credit: the Guardian)

We in the Nutmeg State follow primaries in other states with great eagerness.  Why? Because presidential candidates don’t campaign for our votes here, and we almost never see them, either in the primary season or during the general election.  In the last cycle, Obama held a big rally in Hartford and another in Bridgeport. But given the fact that he has done little for cities, including not having an education policy, my prediction is that Obama won’t go farther north than Westport for this year’s campaign. Just like in Iowa, during the “Fairfield County caucuses,” ordinary Americans in our wealthiest suburbs gather democratically in each others’ living rooms and huddle in the corners.

Unlike Iowa, however…

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October 26, 2010, 10:00 pm

Department of Economics, Part II: Organize, Goddammit!

April 8, 2010, 3:13 pm

The First Casualty Of War

This video of two Reuters news staff, two children and numerous unarmed bystanders (including a van that tried to assist the wounded) being being shot at and killed by a US military helicopter in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad will resonate for those of us old enough to remember the senseless cruelty of the Viet Nam War. As in Viet Nam, the lies begin with the soldiers on the ground and then trickle up.

It’s long and tedious, as well as graphic, but worth watching. It was obtained by Reuters with great difficulty via the Freedom Of Information Act, and sent to me by one of my students. For additional information, see Wikileaks.

November 28, 2009, 7:46 am

Why I Hate Reality TV: And It’s Not Just Because It Is (Oxy)Moronic

Even though close friends of the Radical know that every once in a while I lapse into an intense fascination with American Idol, I hate reality TV. Except for the classic foremother of the genre, An American Family (1973), I’ve never seen one series that even approached something “real” that was worth knowing. But until now I have never been able to say why I hate them so much beyond a deep feeling that it is simply improper to make an ever so brief living by allowing a camera crew to violate your privacy for months. I also find reality TV boring: who watches Tori and Dean for example? Women who fantasize about a life folding laundry and talking to unemployed gay men who wander in and out for no reason?

Clearly I have reasons for hating reality TV that I have not been able to articulate, and it isn’t because it’s bad TV. I watch shows like Gossip Girl, Army Wives and the…

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