Reality dating television
But they might also be the special celebration of ordinary living itself—the “festival”: Plant a stake crowned with flowers in the middle of a square; gather the people together there, and you will have a festival.Do better yet; let the spectators become an entertainment to themselves; let them become actors themselves; do it so each sees and loves himself in the others so that all will be better united.Singing, building, decorating, beauty, athletics, and dancing gave pleasure and “entertainment” because the participants not only accomplished the acts but became spectacles to themselves—and to others, their equals and fellow-citizens, who had done just the same activities.Republican entertainments might often take the form of the contest or the demonstration.So you make notes to your criminal self: never voluntarily submit to a search.But it doesn’t take long to realize that, in the situation, you wouldn’t remember all you’d learned watching ; politeness and hustling would take over.
It has meant, at different times, local programming, Huntley and Brinkley, the national news at 6 and local news at 11, talk shows and talent shows, in their representatives—in our only truly national universal medium—and you’re left to ask what will accomplish it best today.
Rousseau insisted in his that a republic (in his case Geneva, circa 1758) was correct to keep a theater out of its public life.
To Rousseau, a republic is a political community in which each person is equal and sovereign—as it should be to us, today, living in the American republic.
We’d do it marrying, arguing, staring at the wall, dining, studying our feet, holding contests, singing, sneezing. Well, we’d plug them in and leave the tape running for our real life.
In this underlying dream, we were neither exactly wrong nor right. The techno-utopians’ fantasies shifted to the internet.
I think this is wrong, and very possibly wrong for a whole number of reasons.