Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste

Rebecca Traister is so good.

The culture-writer-with-a-progressive-lens processes yesterday's Johnston family Tyra Banks Show appearance on Salon today.  Traister's is the best analysis I've yet read of the embarrassingly awkward show of "breaking the silence" on the part of Bristol Palin's baby-daddy, Levi.

Traister wonders,
"Why should the Johnstons be any better, or different, from the rest of America, which is encouraged by every reality show, every top chef and next model and bachelor and swapped wife, to believe that life in this country only really makes a mark if it is lived on television?"
Yup, yup, yup.   And right there's the dart that hits the bulls-eye.  Made real through being seen. Not through being. But through being seen. The benchmark of contemporary American reality show culture.  Erghh.

Much Ado About Levi (Salon)


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