2) A fascination with freaks, failures, and deviants
For many Americans, the easiest way to get your name in the papers, get people talking about you, and make money isn’t to be great at something, it’s to be a dirtbag. Make a sex tape, flash your vagina getting out of a car, or just behave like a jackass and everyone will be saying your name. If you don’t think that’s true, then why do you know who Snooki is?
It may have started with Oprah, Phil Donahue, Geraldo, Ricki Lake, Montel Williams, Jenny Jones and the rest of the trash tabloid hosts putting women on TV who didn’t know who their baby-daddy was, but it has devolved even further. Now, we have Jersey Shore, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Small Town Security, and other sub-normal mediocrities being put on the screen for the amusement of the masses.
When you reward bad behavior with money and fame, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get more bad behavior. Snooki may be a skanky loser, but I wonder how many young girls are thinking, “A skanky ‘loser’ with money, fame, and a TV show sounds pretty good to me!”
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