April 5, 2005

Fox Reality Channel

Under monopoly all mass culture is identical, and the lines of its artificial framework begin to show through. The people at the top are no longer so interested in concealing monopoly: as its violence becomes more open, so its power grows. Movies and radio need no longer pretend to be art. The truth that they are just business is made into an ideology in order to justify the rubbish they deliberately produce. They call themselves industries; and when their directors’ incomes are published, any doubt about the social utility of the finished products is removed. But reality TV is different. It's sweet. We like to watch it and throw pepperonies at the screen when things don't go right. -- Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment As Mass Deception"*

Coming early next year...

American Idol. The Simple Life. Joe Millionaire. Temptation Island. Over and over. Plus all new reality programming.

Fox Reality Channel will join Reality Central, to begin later this year, and Reality TV (Dish Network only).
*Quoted slightly liberally. Thanks to Zooperville, legendary Daily Dartmouth comic, for the pepperonies inspiration.

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