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Reality TV, attention spans and editing

I think there might be something wrong with my attention span. By which I mean, I think there must be something wrong with everyone else’s attention span. This is the only way I can explain the success of reality TV.

Let’s be clear: reality TV sucks. It sucks in the same way that biographies suck. I don’t mean I have a problem with truth, of course not. The Great Escape is a truly magnificent movie. It’s just that biographies, like reality TV, fail to do the most important part of storytelling: leaving out the boring parts. Continue reading