We live in a comparison culture

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I have a confession to make. I have a problem with reality TV. And its sob story packed talent-contest counterparts. There, I said it. Call me a snob or whatever you like, but that’s not the point. It’s more the idea behind these shows that I dislike, an idea that reflects poorly back on us as a nation. The whole premise behind shows like X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, for example, is as much to do with the humiliation and embarrassment of another human being, as it is about talent. And this embarrassment creates entertainment for the rest of us.

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