Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MTV spins Occupy Wall Street as infotainment

The network that brought us Beavis and Butt-Head now attempts to turn Occupy Wall Street into a reality show. Here's part of the show pitch from the MTV website:

The special episode will take you to the front lines as MTV cameras follow three young people who get swept up in the political movement that has quickly grown into a global phenomenon. Viewers will be introduced to Bryan, one of the leaders of the Occupy sanitation team. You'll watch as he steels himself against a potential fight with the city when he fears that their request to clean the park is an excuse to evict the protesters... 
The problem for young protesters like Bryan is who do they turn to? Their parents, the government? Many believe it no longer matters who's in charge in Washington because none of those big money politicians has any answers. That might be why this group sees Occupy as a kind of war their generation must wage, one that might not end soon, but which they support because it allows them to speak out against corporate America and voice the concerns they have about not being able to find work. That also explains why nearly half (45 percent) have postponed a major life milestone (marriage, having children) because of the economy or their employment situation.

So far, True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street is planned as a one-shot special airing November 5. If ratings are good, will MTV consider further episodes?

It's unfortunate, but many Occupiers simply failed to adequately vet their college-age plans. Many now in the streets failed to pick viable areas of study, and racked up mountains of debt pursuing career paths that will never recoup what they've spent. Rather than face reality early on, they patted themselves on the back for pursuing their dreams, and continued to take on more debt. MTV should consider a series along that theme.

Also worth noting: Beavis and Butt-Head return to the MTV schedule this fall. Timing couldn't be better.

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