By Paul Pannone
The Nielson Ratings for the week of August 15th shows the diversity of American interest when it comes to programming, with sports– specifically football– favored by Broadcast channel viewers. On Cable, Jersey Shore approached eight million viewers, topping a few other salacious titles.
The divide comes as no surprise, as the next generation moves away from tradition. Items like print media, CD’s and music sales and even the institution of marriage. The plain truth is the world is not changing– it’s changed.
The success of MTV’s Jackass defied– and still does defy– explanation. But perhaps it’s why people come back to watch a paper being stapled to someone’s ass for the same reason they slow down to rubber neck a car accident.
Discussions with television sources say the days of paying actors and actresses huge sums of money are gone. According to some many struggling performers are willing to pay them for the chance to be discovered. Instead, the new economics pays only the very few and fortunate “stars” for their ability to attract eyeballs but not for any sort of talent.
Proven in a CNN story reality show personalities will still need to fight for their comeuppance. Most reality personalities are currently viewed as disposable properties, much like actors under contract by studios in the 1930’s.
Led by conservative thinkers Wedding Water Cooler discussions examine some of the changes in a way that is raw and void of fairy dust. Along the way, some ultra-conservative members fell silent, feeling they stood no chance in gaining any sort of support for views that are outdated and have outplayed their welcome. In a world where drunken debauchery on television is of growing interest to the public they may be right.
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