Gringo view: Made-for-TV reality

Has our ‘real world’ been reduced to a media landscape of carefully curated sound bites and echoes of George Orwell’s ‘1984’?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) I have had a real problem during the past fortnight. I couldn’t decide which dystopian ‘spectacular’ to watch on my TV?

And channel-hopping only made it worse. What I was seeing seemed more ‘reality shows’ made for television than the window on real life it was supposed to be showing.

There was, of course, the war in Ukraine, complete with real explosions, heart rending interviews with child-in-arms refugees, and endless Super Bowl blow-by-blow coverage of which team had gained or lost yardage and the rising number of casualties.

I . . .

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