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Idol for an Idle Evening


American Idol is the latest “reality” television show. The cynical quotation marks are especially appropriate for this particular show because the “reality” that it seeks to convey is a fantasy even outside of the television. Basically, thus far, three judges have narrowed down thousands of auditioners to about one hundred and fifty and then trimmed that group to thirty. Now, viewers can call in and vote for the singing under-twenty-five-year-old of their choice based on performances. The winner becomes “The American Idol.”

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01–10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.




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