Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Sign of the Apocalypse #17: The Apprentice, vulgarity incarnate

Not humanity at its finest. The Apprentice, perhaps the most vile show on television, returns in double-header fashion on September 21 and 22 -- self-absorption, crass materialism, and unbounded greed all no doubt in full supply.

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  • What else would you expect from a classically liberal democracy? Give people the complete freedom to indulge their base desires, and they will.

    By Blogger N. Lowe, at 6:25 PM  

  • Well, that brings up a point. I blame The Apprentice and other artifices of our culture in part on post-modernism, which undermines standards and taboos. Is post-modernism an inevitable by-product of liberal democracy or a construct opposed to the tenants of traditional society?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:11 AM  

  • A big question. I think post-modernism is largely inevitable, not so much for its tolerance but for its ability to disassociate with the concept of society as a community of shared values. In other words, it is a good thing that we tolerate The Apprentice and don't opt for a Big Brother to determine quality TV, but it probably isn't a good thing that we don't combat the societal forces that lead to the Apprentice being so appealing to so many, and are content go about our own private lives in a "live ane let live" way.

    As for post-modernism being deliberately opposed to tradition- I don't know. Perhaps an attitude of indifference is more applicable.

    By Blogger N. Lowe, at 3:50 PM  

  • Say what you want about The Apprentice (a show I happen to enjoy watching) but you gotta admit that it has the most apt theme song on TV today: "For The Love of Money" by the O'Jays :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:16 PM  

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