Voting Democracy off the Island Response In “Voting Democracy off the Island Reality TV and the Republican Ethos”, Far uncle Prose confidently, and often sarcastically, illustrates her convictions on the it sees between the Republican Party, reality television, and the demutualization of our society. Pro SE asserts that the projection of ‘Machiavellian’ television shows in which average contestants m gust constantly deceive and best one another represents a twisted set of Republican ideals.
AH though shows like Survivor do not seem harmful at first glance, prose believes that these shows venerate the argon of immoral Republican ideals such as”flinty individualism… The belief that certain circumstances justify secrecy and deception, the invocation of a reviled com on enemy to solidify group Her ultimate fear is that the American public will b come so desensitizing to political acts of treachery and deceit like the Bush administrate ion’s withholding of information on weapons of mass destruction (292) that we eventually become me an indifferent, apathetic representation of what our democracy once stood for (2 93).
Francine Prose is very quick to draw ties between the Republican Party and w at she believes to be the decent into a crumbling democracy where “everyone always s votes, for himself'(293). Her undeniable political bias weakens her argument. And her b life that simple perversions like individualism and deception are only Republican in nature is an incorrect assumption. Although she adds strong support to her dissertation of social De cline and reality television with the idea of Social Darwinism, her argument becomes a whole new animal with politics involved.