Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The comparison is always unfavorable. Internet chatterers with too much time on their hands whine like bummed-out banshees over how politics have become so much like a game show. Which means there are winners and losers, I guess, like there have always been in politics. I hear that Socrates lost the Athens vote a while back, with dire consequences.
The comparison has become such a groaning cliche that even Sting - you can find his picture next to "washed-up rock star" and "pompous ass" at Urban Dictionary - says that all politicians remind him of game show hosts. Gee, Stingie poo, nobody ever came up with that idea before.
Maybe I should be happy that game shows come to mind in the comparison. After all, game shows are the humblest genre, looked down upon by wannabe elitists and beloved (sometimes, anyway) by the great American unwashed. There is something very democratic - small "d" - about shows where ordinary civvies can win money and a teensy-weensy bit of fleeting fame. And if that irritates Sting, so much the better.