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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: How will the change represented by the incoming Obama administration be reflected in movies, TV, and other pop culture?

At noon today on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Not to give the man too much power, but…

How will the change represented by the incoming Obama administration be reflected in movies, TV, and other pop culture?

Maybe it won’t be, of course. But if past trends hold, within a few years we should see a shift in the tone of the most popular of pop culture in the U.S. During the Bush years, for instance, the dog-eat-dog game show Survivor was a huge hit, as was the fictional series 24, which right-wingers lke Glenn Beck have actually and in all sincerity cited as a defense for torture (and they’re still doing it).

But just a few weeks, ago, the season debut of 24 was down around 30 percent from its last season premiere, in 2007. The show had been off the air for almost two years, however, and almost all network narrative shows have seen drops in ratings. So maybe that doesn’t mean anything at all.

One guess: We see a new hit game show that’s about people competing to see how much they can do for others instead of much they can stab others in the back. We’ll call it Provider rather than Survivor, maybe.



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