So Is This The War, Or A Very Special “Fear Factor”?

The ever-increasing blur between news and entertainment on television is either fascinating or horrifying, depending on how you look at it. With ‘reality’ shows competing with actual reality for viewer’s eyeballs, watching TV has become intensely disturbing and confusing. “On the one hand, CNN presents strategic maneuvers in Iraq as if it’s covering the Olympic Games; on the other hand, paratroopers – I mean contestants – take the leap for cash prizes on NBC’s ‘Fear Factor.’ It’s one big interwoven mesh of reality, unreality, and – when it comes to ‘Flipper’-like news segments on mine-sensing dolphins – surreality.”