Monday, November 17, 2008

Disappointed he didnt manage to get Thatcherism in there somwhere though.

I really liked Rafael's article on Strictly Come Dancing, summing up just exactly what it is I find so distasteful about the whole 'never mind the quality, feel the backstory' attitude a lot of these shows seem to have, making them cheap drama in more ways than the obvious.

Quoth Rafael:

"The Sergeant Doctrine appeals to the public's urge to stick two fingers up to authority for the sake of it (by rewarding stubborn ineptitude). It is the difference between democracy and populism. Sergeant is not really an underdog but a skilful renegade, appealing directly for voters to spite the judges. 'The public will save me,' he asserts. His survival depends on opposition to the principles of the programme - the worse he dances, the better he does. Like all populist rebels, his role is ultimately destructive."

2 comments:

Karen said...

Agree about the ridiculous backstory griefathon circus.

AA Gill says of Sergeant's longevity..."There is a crisis at the very heart of democracy...There have been some interesting studies done on the wisdom of crowds. It turns out they’re almost always intuitively right".

It's a hot topic, dividing journalistic opinion. Reading the full articles it's like they've both been given the same "John Sergeant's on Strictly says important things about democracy. Discuss" type question.

james henry said...

Hmm, I shall go over and have a look at the AA Gill piece.

*puts on reading glasses, cracks knuckles*