Someone Else's Problem
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with obvious problems are the focus of a large portion
today’s television shows—Nanny 911, Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition, Cops, American Idol, The Oprah Winfrey Show,
etc. As viewers,
we are invited to voyeuristically peer into the troubled
lives, mistakes, or delusions of others.
Some shows set us up to feel pity, some encourage us to
laugh, they offer the potential of self-reflection, but that
doesn’t seem to be the true intent.
These shows feed on a basic human desire to distance
our selves from our problems by pointing to others with
“bigger” problems. In
pointing at someone else’s problem we get a cheap moment of
distraction from our own troubles and a feeling of
superiority, but it is never long before someone is pointing
back our way.
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