Political difference and cultural sameness: both sides are drinking from the same cup filled with the poisonous nectar of reality TV and its baseless values”

Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic:

But somewhere along the way, we decided that we wanted the values of a Las Vegas lounge act to become part of our most important civic conversation. So the stunt, the shtick, the mildly embarrassing question — soon President Bubba, well on his way to reelection, would be telling an MTV crowd whether he wore boxers or briefs — became an essential campaign feature, and now we have a reality-TV star for president. You could argue that by giving Trump a noogie, Fallon did the responsible thing: He subjected the man to one of the requisite tests of fitness for office. We created our own black hole, and we collapsed into it.

Excoriating. And perhaps the most incisive article I’ve read this year.


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April 20, 2017 · culture · late night · Atlantic · politics · Caitlin Flanagan · best of 2017

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