American Idol is Worthless Television

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the January 21st, 2007

Ever since the beginning of “Reality Television”, I’ve been disinterested. However, with American Idol returning for its 6th Season, I can’t help but wonder, “Do people actually enjoy this?” Obviously, it is wildly popular with extremely high ratings recently. An article at highlights some of the interesting qualities of the show, particularly their excessive broadcast of poor auditions.

However, here is a television show that is obviously mocking and belittling those that either 1) really need to work on their singing or 2) are fake auditions that simulate the first possibility and pass as entertaining and condescending entertainment.

I’ve not watched American Idol for more than a few minutes at a time, but I recognize that the show seems to have some value when they actually show people that can sing near the end of the season. But at the beginning of this season, it is embarassing to see that this kind of programming is so popular among Americans.

Is this not the kind of behavior we are taught while young to avoid and overcome as we grow and mature? To belittle and ridicule those that cannot do something others or ourselves can? Most of all, like all reality TV, this simply insults my intelligence and I refuse to watch it. So should most Americans.

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