Posted by: sean | April 21, 2008

American Schadenfreude

When I saw the previews for the new (for me, anyway) American reality television show, American Inventor, I thought that maybe the medium would be used for something more useful than “The World’s Most Shocking Videos of People Getting Shot in the Face While Being Ejected From a Moving Car.” After watching the show today and seeing two grown men come close to tears, I’m convinced that it’s just another opportunity for people to watch their fellow compatriots humiliate themselves on international television in hopes of making a quick buck or earning their 15 minutes of fame.



  1. […] and reinforced the process, but I believe the media cannot be entirely held accountable. See The Human Province blog to view the embeddedness of Schadenfreude in American Society, […]

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