TV

“Only joking!”

Society | Deceiving an unsuspecting person isn’t funny
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/21/20, 04:23 pm

I was sheltering in place watching old reruns of Candid Camera and was struck by how immoral that prototype reality TV show was. It had escaped me 60 years ago. Oh some of the scenes are just funny and harmless. Like the spoon in the diner that patrons try to pick up and it keeps moving around on the table (a guy with a magnet is under the counter).

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Supper Club

Trial by Media’s sobering verdict on society

Television
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/21/20, 03:58 pm

Netflix’s new documentary series Trial by Media uses six high-profile criminal cases to illustrate how tabloid television and purple prose have influenced American journalism and, by extension, our justice system, for the worse.

Each episode’s subject, from a murder that grew out of an episode of The Jenny Jones Show to Rod Blagojevich appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, holds up an unflattering mirror to our culture. Even in the most serious matters, it charges, we are a deeply unserious, easily manipulated people.

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23 Hours to Kill strikes a community chord

Television | Seinfeld special shows the humor in our need for others
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/21/20, 03:00 pm

Under different circumstances, Jerry Seinfeld’s new Netflix special, 23 Hours to Kill, might be something of a letdown. The comedian breaks no new ground; he braves no uncharted territory. Yet in a world living at arm’s length, the trivial observations about intrusive friends and exhausting social engagements that are his stock-in-trade suddenly feel as comforting as a mediocre meal at a convenient corner diner. 

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