Considering it's humanity's longest-running reality show, "The Real World" has been remarkably stagnant structurally. For 28 seasons over 22 years (!), "The Real World" was thus: several attractive people of varying degrees of interestingness between the ages of 18 and 26 are picked to live in a large house, outfitted by Ikea, in a city. This season, the 29th, which takes place in San Francisco, is different in two major ways. One of those is advertised, constantly: This season's seven cast members are each recently out of long-term relationships, and halfway through the season, all of their ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends move into the house as well (the season [...]
Well this is all very holy shit, with the self-unveiling of Jezebel's formerly-Anonymous Model columnist: "New York remained exceptional for a lot longer than anywhere else, but, eventually, I tried coke in the kitchen of the Beatrice Inn and then at a party I stayed long enough to hear a white magazine editor refer to a black magazine editor, not present, as 'that fucking nigger,' and slowly, the city lost its particular glamor." Oh, get a cup of coffee and come back in a half an hour after you read that!
It is rare that I have read an article about reality television with which I agree less. (Particularly because the analysis of early 'Real World' here seems to me-despite the unfortunate use of "arguably"-very accurate: "Season two of The Real World is, arguably, the single most important season of any TV show of the last twenty years." And because the following points about people on reality TV become simulacra of prior people on reality TV seems quite right!) But it all leads up to this: "It's difficult to say exactly why we retreated from reality television." Which, strongly disagree!? Anyway, worth a read, if you're looking for reading! [...]
What's the Right Talking About Today? "THE JEWS ARE LESS THAN 3% OF THE POPULATION IN AMERICA BUT YET HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE IN POLITICAL POWER"
A fresh missive from our crazed right-wing emailer, Tony Caputo! (Cc: "Ann Coulter, Esquire"!) Today's topic: all those Jews down in Washington! For instance, this email asks, "ARE THE JEWISH KIDS GOING TO DENTAL, LAW AND MEDICAL SCHOOLS WHILE THE CHRISTIANS FIGHT THEIR WAR? WILL THE LIBERAL PRESS ALLOW THIS QUESTION? WILL THE ACLU, NOT LIKE THESE QUESTIONS?" There is also a long list of Jews in power, and Jews who have won Nobel prizes. You know who else made lists of Jews? That's right: Adrienne Rich.
Just kidding, I totally meant Hitler!