Advertising Age Article Abstract
'America's Got Talent' -- and Child Exploitation?
Media Guy Deconstructs the Myth of 'Raw Talent'
If you've been watching -- and a lot of you have, given that it's the new No. 1 show on TV -- you know that it's already pretty ugly. Given that it features a wider range of "talent" than its sibling 'American Idol' ('AI' judge Simon Cowell is an executive producer of 'AGT'), we face the ominous prospect each week of being exposed not only to awful singers, but awful jugglers, awful comedians, awful contortionists, awful performance artists (for lack of a better term), and so on. Naturally, watching the losers crash and burn is part of the fun, particularly since some of the contestants clearly are being amusingly bad just to get a little TV time. ...