What do the MTV Video Music Video Awards and Madden NFL have in common? Both were subjects of critiques in the August 27, New York Times that offered reflections on “reality”. The best way to engage with the VMA show, we read, was not to actually watch the show, but to “follow on Twitter the slanderous jokes and instantly available GIFs of memorable moments.” Madden NFL is “not fake. It’s football.” It’s not “media about sport,” it’s sport, according to the Times critique.
Reading the Arts section was suddenly like living the “subtext” scene in “Barcelona”:
Our beloved Enquirer offered on the same day a heartland reminder that the pursuit of virtual reality isn’t so novel. It reported, in Jack Webb style, (sans subtext) that 500 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms had been seized in Clermont County. 500 pounds …
-Alfred E. Numen