Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A Raspberry to Reality


Well. Today was the announcement of the Oscar nominations. Fittingly, on the same day as Dubya's State of the Union Address. Two heavily stage-managed events, both about aspects of human activity which require us to suspend belief.

Is it just me? Or does anyone else find that they are more likely, in the past year, to have watched the movies that have been nominated for Razzies, rather than those put up for Oscars?

Increasingly, the Oscar nominations are becoming obscure and eccentic. This year, there are nominations for people and movies I've never even heard of - and I go to the movies twice a week.

Is this one more example of all things 'Hollywood' simply being out of touch with real people?

You see, reality shows are all the rage on television. But they're not 'reality.' They're fake. They're massively stage-managed. We're too easily buying into Hollywood's concept of reality.

And I can't help but wonder, as all the big names are now announcing their runs for the White House, that we're about to buy into two years of fake 'Hollywood' political reality.

As Candidate vies with Candidate to prove how 'real' they are. All of them by way of photo-ops and catch-phrases that are as close to 'reality' as Donald Trump's hair - or Dubya's description of the state of this nation.

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