The Redeye Complex

Sunday, September 02, 2007
Everyday is "Amateur Night" on TV?

Tom Shales in the Washington Post writes, summarizes, theorizes about the rise of "real people" appearing on television.
Professional actors couldn't have simulated infectious cheerfulness any more credibly. On reality TV, real people have mastered the art of faking it. They learned by watching years of old-fashioned television dominated by professional actors. Now, more and more shows are ballyhooed as being "unscripted" and performed by non-pros. It's the blogging, the blogification, of television, and it naturally has roots in the Internet the way so many things do.


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